“Dancing With Our Stars”: Get ready to rhumba

Apr 21, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnson Dance instructor Anthony Whipple of the Utah Ballroom Dance Company dips Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson as the two rehearse a ballroom dance routine April 17 in the gymnasium at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

No, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling is not dancing.

He’s a judge on “Dancing With Our Stars,” a knockoff of the popular TV show, April 22 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Similar to the show, “Dancing with Our Stars” partners up local “stars” with Utah Ballroom Dance Company dancers to learn a ballroom dance routine. They’ll put costumes on the stars, add in some video highlights and put on a show. The audience gets to vote for who will win the coveted mirror ball trophy.

ECA’s local celebrity dancers

David Arista: Arista has been a resident of Edmonds for 18 years. He and his wife Ruth opened Arista Wine Cellars in 1997. During 19 years in the wine business in Edmonds, they made many friends and connections with the community. Arista was an active member of Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, serving as president for three years. David also was a member of the Downtown Edmonds Merchant Association and was founding president of the Edmonds Business Improvement District (ED!) after selling Arista Wine Cellars in 2016.

Susan Dunn: Dunn is a community volunteer, philanthropist and ECA board oresident. She lives in the Eastlake community of Seattle and is the mother of two grown boys. She grew up in Shoreline where she attended Shorewood High School. She went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.

Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson: Gregerson is serving her first term as mayor of Mukilteo after having been a city councilmember since 2004. Gregerson, a graduate of Kamiak High School, has a bachelor's in French from New York University and a master’s in urban planning from the University of Washington.

Joe McIalwain: McIalwain is celebrating 11 years as the founding executive director for Edmonds Center for the Arts. He is as an adjunct professor for the Seattle University Arts Leadership MFA Program, is past board president of Theatre Puget Sound and Leadership Snohomish County, and was recently elected to the Western Arts Alliance board.

Wendy Becker Poischbeg: As Snohomish County's former economic and cultural development manager, Poischbeg has spent her 20-year career supporting the county's economic development by promoting local cultural resource programs, including the management of the Snohomish County Arts Commission, Historic Preservation Commission and tourism division.

ECA’s local celebrity judges

Leanne Shelton: In her 40-plus years as a dance educator, Leanne has taught dancers of all ages, from the very youngest in the preschool classes to high school students and beyond. She has stayed current with dance trends, studying under Luigi and Frank Hatchett in New York, Gus Giordano in Chicago, and attending various dance conventions, where she has taken classes from Michael Rooney, Joe Tremaine, Mia Michaels, and many others. She is director of Barclay Shelton Dance Centre.

Mayor Dave Earling: Earling was elected mayor of Edmonds in November 2011 and re-elected in November 2015. Before becoming mayor, Earling was a city councilmember. Earling and his wife Susan raised their three children in Edmonds and currently live in the Perrinville area.


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