PIQUA — The final curtain fell on the Piqua Arts Council’s 2018 Dancing with the Piqua Stars with Kelly Meckstroth and Kristin Mikolajewski winning the Mirror Ball and Most Entertaining trophies.
“Not only did the dancers raise over $32,000 for the Piqua Arts Council, but we also put on a great show,” said Piqua Arts Council Executive Director Jordan Knepper.” We really pride ourselves on making the day of a true event. We’ve had great dancing every year, and this year we continued to step it up. Many of the performances felt like professional dance routines.”
The event kicked off with Knepper taking over hosting duties for Joe Laber this year. After he welcomed the crowd and thanked a host of people who helped make the event a success event, the dancing kicked off with Frank Zollars and Holly Trombley dancing a tango to “Hey Sexy Lady” by Shaggy. Their routine was choreographed by Rick and Judy Bowerman of RJ Ballroom.
Following the tango, Kari Foster and Jennifer Schilling took the floor dancing a hip-hop and jazz fusion to “Finesse” by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B choreographed by Matt Steffaina and Liz Maxson.
Ryan Vosler and Amanda Manson took to the floor next, dancing a jazz and salsa fusion to “Light It Up” by Major Lazer featuring Nyla and Fuse.
After a short intermission, things got a little spooky with Meckstroth and Mikolajewski dancing a hip-hop routine to a Michael Jackson mix choreographed by Tammy Chaney that started with“Thriller” and zombie outfits. The routine continued through hits like “Beat It,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Scream.”
Finishing up the Mirror Ball competition portion of the evening, Dominic and Emily Burnside danced a street salsa routine to “Monviendo Caderas” by Yandel featuring Daddy Yankee and choreographed by Liz Maxson.
Next, Jared and Justin Younce returned to defend their Most Entertaining trophy from last year. They came out singing, then proceeded to do a country line dance to a mix of ’ 90s country songs to a routine choreographed by Jack and Carla Rowe. The twins have been working on their music career since last year and are currently excited about working with the City of Piqua on the Piqua music video they wrote the music for and will be starring in.
The night ended with two special performances. First up for the special entertainment were Tara Chaney, Kerri Gregg, Brianna Montoya, Hope Schiltz and Emily Studebaker from Bellamy’s School for Dance dancing to “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson. Following Bellamy’s School for Dance were Jack and Carla Rowe, who worked with the Younce twins. They performed a line dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” and Elvis Presley’s “Make Me Know It.”
The evening ended with the announcement of the Most Entertaining trophy and the Mirror Ball trophy. Meckstroth and Mikolajewski took home both, with the Most Entertaining trophy being determined by those attending the matinee and evening performance, and a difference of only seven votes between first and second places.
“It takes a lot to put on a great event like this, but I don’t see why we wouldn’t do it again next year as long as we can find dancers willing to participate,” Knepper said. “Anyone that thinks they have what it takes or would like to nominate someone can visit the Piqua Arts Council’s web page and we’ll have a form there for people to fill out.”