Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede added dancing champion to her list of accomplishments. Ginny and her dancing partner Caleb Cooper, of the Dance Workshop of Barnesville, were named Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars Champions 2012. “Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars,” a fund raiser for the Augusta Levy was held November 3 at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. The event was an exciting dance competition modeled after the highly successful TV show. The event was sold out and heralded as a first class event.
Seven local stars were paired with area dance instructors to battle it out on the ballroom floor. Second place was former West Virginia University wide receiver and local businessman Zach Abraham with partner Lacey Baker, and WTRF News Anchor Jamie Ward with partner Aaron Kuhn came in third place.
Other celebrities included Wheeling firefighter Donald Castello with partner Odessa Copney; Justin Edwards of the Lincoln Saltdogs with partner Kristin McCombs, also of the Dance Workshop of Barnesville; orthopedic surgeon Dante Marra with Mandy Doyle and Charlie Schlegel of Ye Olde Alpha with Micah Labishak.
David Blomquist, host of the Bloomdaddy Experience, WWVA and Katherine Wilcox, educator for the Department of Defense Education served as the evening’s hosts.
The event’s panel of judges were Jill Ruff, owner and director of the Marietta Dance Academy, Leif Erickson, Former National and International Ice Dancer and Kate Crosbie, Director of Performing Arts, Olgebay Institute.
The evening went off like the real DWTS, with videos of each team presented before each performance, a choreographed dance performance by each couple, comments from the judges and a few comments from the contestants.
Exhibition dances from Take a Bow Studio of Moundsville, Turn it Out Dance Academy of Bellaire and Aaron Kuhn of Arielettes added to the entertainment factor.
All proceeds from the event will benefit August Levy Learning Center, which provides evidence-based treatment to young children with autism. The center is the first of its kind in the state of West Virginia and provides intensive, research-based treatment called applied behavior analysis, or ABA, to children from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The center experiences remarkable success, with two-thirds of its graduates successfully attending regular education classrooms.