Dancing with Missouri stars

Friday, June 1, 2007 | 6:27 p.m. CDT; updated 5:30 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ten local celebrities battled it out on the dance floor Thursday night at “Dancing with Missouri Stars” to help to raise $37,000 for the not-for-profit Missouri Contemporary Ballet.

“The competition exceeded my expectations,” said Karen Grundy, art director for the ballet and producer of the dance competition. “The community involvement and local celebrities made it better than I imagined.”

The evening began with 10 mid-Missouri celebrities dancing the tango and cha-cha for judges and fans at the Hearnes Center. Six contestants continued on to the second round. Lori Anne Gaddy of Downtown Alterations won first place, followed by Bill Sheals, co-owner of Murry’s, and third place went to Norm Ruebling, co-owner and president of MO-X.

More than 650 people attended the event, each donating $1 for every vote cast in the final round. According to Grundy, people are already signing up to compete next year, as the ballet will be sure to host the event again.

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