Dancing Under the Stars by gdf57j


									September 4, 2009                                                             CASA Magazine • Homes & Art                                                                                             23

Arthur Murray Dance Studios                                                               ★
            Dancing Under                                                          ★
              the Stars
           By ERIN J. SMITH / CASA
                                                   dancer. “I’m hooked. I love it. It’s so much
        HE DANCING STARS CAME OUT TO               fun!”
        SHINE for Arthur Murray Dance                   The evening started with cocktails and
        Studios’ 3rd annual Dancing Under          crudités as arriving guests perused the
        the Stars event at                                          silent auction goodies and
Fess Parker’s Doubletree                                            changed into their dancing
Resort.                                                             shoes. Paul Hermanson, who
    “Dancing is so much                                             runs Arthur Murray Dance
fun and such good                                                   Studios in Thousand Oaks,              Celebrity Dancers: Danny Mann and Cherish Fry; Jonathan Masin and Janet Ochoa; David Bagwell
exercise,” said Jacque                                                                                     and Nicki Day; Cameron Harrison and Mary Johnson; Felipe Castaneda and Becca Solodon
                                                                    Ventura, and Santa Barbara
Petersen, who enjoyed                                               with his wife Karen, got
dancing during the                                                  the party started by having           Murray professionals à la Dancing with the        wanted to be
evening with her husband                                            Arthur                                                         Stars. This year’s       a dancer,” said
Harold, who added, “If                                              Murray                                                         roster of celebrity      Janet Ochoa, who
you hold a girl that close                                          instructors                                                    dancers included         danced a spicy
anywhere else, you’d get                                            invite guests                                                  David Bagwell,           Merengue and
in trouble. So you’d better                                         to dance.                                                      President and            has discovered
do it on the dance floor!”                                               One of                                                     CEO for Bagwell          a new hobby in
The Petersens were invited                                          the highlights                                                 Construction             dancing. “I didn’t
to the event by their           Paul and Karen Hermanson            of the                                                         Services, Inc.; Mary     think I could do
granddaughter, Brittany                                             evening                                                        Johnson, who works it, but it was a             Jacque and Harold
Petersen, an Arthur Murray dancer who              was the celebrity dance-                                                        for KEYT and             lot of fun!” said      Petersen
performed later in the evening. “I’ve been         off, where local business                                                        owns Dulce in            Becca Solodon.
ballroom dancing for a year,” said Brittany        owners or public figures                                                         Camarillo;                   Danny Mann, who danced a James
Petersen, who is also a professional ballet        are paired off with Arthur           Celebrity Judges: Derrick Curtis, Kay       Danny                         Bond-inspired Cha-Cha, agreed, “Why
                                                                                       Fulton, and David Alvarez                   Mann,                                  did I say yes? After tonight, I’m
                                                                                                                                   Assistant                                   really glad I did!”
                                                                                                                Director of Residential                                                Following the
                                                                                                                Life at UCSB; Janet                                               celebrity dance-off,
                                                                                                                Ochoa, owner of R.                                                exhibition dancers
                                                                                                                F. Shaw’s Upholstery                                              from the three Arthur
                                                                                                                in Westlake Village;                                                Murray studios dazzled
                                                                                                                and Becca Solodon,                                                  with their sparkling
                                                                                                                professional singer and                                             costumes and fancy
                                                                                                                recording artist. The                                                feet. The evening
                                                                                                                celebrity dancers and                                                ended with a surprise
                                                                                                                their partners performed                                            treat: a live auction
                                                                                                                routines ranging from a                                           of two tickets to see
                                                                                                                sultry Tango to a spunky                                          Dancing with the Stars.
                                                                                                                Swing for a panel of                                                   Proceeds from the
                                                                                                                professional judges – all                                         event went to two non-
                                                                                                                vying for the perfect                                            profit organizations:
                                                                                                                ten. This year’s star-                                           Ventura Center for
                                                                                                                studded, dancing                                                 Dispute Settlement and
                                                                                                                judges included                                                  Conflict Solutions Center
                                                                                                                Derrick Curtis,                                                  of Santa Barbara County.
Arthur Murray Dancers: Randy Melcombe, Catherine Voelker, Javier Ochoa, Daisy Ramirez, Paul and Karen Kay Fulton, and
Hermanson, Robert Taylor, Sandy D’Elia, Ricardo Razo, Brittany Petersen, Stephanie Smith, Cherish Fry, Van                                                                      For more information,
                                                                                                               David Alvarez.
Anh Chandler, Margo Kowalski, Felipe Castaneda, and Edwin Cabrera                                                                                                              call 644-5999 or visit www.
                                                                                                                     “I always                                                arthurmurray.com.

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