The 2018 Dancing With the Stars of Auburn will take place on January 27, 2018 at the Auburn Mall. This will be the 9th annual Dancing With the Stars, in what has become one of the most popular Auburn events of the year. It is also the largest fundraiser for Auburn Youth and Family Services, raising over $20,000 annually for the social services agency.

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This marks the third venue change in the event’s history, due to the ever-increasing size of the event. Originally held at the Sally McDermott Dance Studio, the event moved across Rt. 20 to Motorsports International shortly thereafter as the crowds overwhelmed the original venue. The past four years have been graciously hosted by Motosports International, which would clear their showroom to make way for the event.

Each year, the AYFS Dancing With the Stars planning committee seeks out local personalities willing to throw caution to the wind and get a little crazy for a good cause. The participants are paired with dance instructors from Sally McDermott Dance Centers, and from Poise, Style and Motion.

Each year, the show features a different theme. Last year, the theme was “Wish Upon a Star”, a Disney theme. This year, the theme is ‘road trip’. The dancers work together to choreograph and perform their dance numbers.

The dancers competing for the title this year will be:

Heidi Gambaccini ~ Everybody’s Fitness Coach (partnered with Jared Vigneault ~ Instructor at Poise, Style and Motion)

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Joanna Paquin ~ Civil Engineer for the Town of Auburn (partnered with Tony Miloski ~ Instructor at Poise, Style and Motion)

James Adams ~ Teacher at Auburn High School (partnered with Heidi Schoenfeldt ~ Instructor at Poise, Style, and Motion)

Nick Fairbanks ~ Auburn Firefighter (partnered with Kate Stanley ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)

Mike Villa ~ President of Dovetail Internet Technologies (partnered with Nadine Zona ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)

Dan Carpenter ~ Auburn Selectmen (partnered with Sally Heaney ~ Owner of Sally McDermott Dance Centers)

Brett Epstein ~ Director of Operations at Midstate Auto Group (partnered with Michelle Duclos ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)

Michael Monfreda ~ Auburn Police Dispatcher (partnered with Jessica Gleason ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)

Nick Lapete ~ Teacher at Auburn High School (partnered with Caitlin Foley ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)

Andy Paquette ~ President & Co-owner of the Management Solution (partnered with Megan Berg ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)

his year’s celebrity judges include:

Donovan Biron ~ Midstate Auto Group

Dr. Susan Lopez ~ Principal of Swanson Road Intermediate School

Eileen Dyson-Alexander ~ Health Inspector/Assistant Health Director

Rick Nicholson ~ Auburn Fire Department

The 2018 Dancing With the Stars of Auburn is sponsored by:

Gold Sponsor ~ Webster 5

Bronze Sponsor ~ Emerson Realtors

Additional event information:

Date: January 27, 2018 ~ Snow date: February 10, 2018

Start Time: 6:30pm

Tickets $25/ person ~ available on www.ayfs.org or call 508-832-5707 ext. 10.

VIP Tables: fits 10 people, premium seating, chairs included. $100/table ~ call 508-832-5707 ext. 10 to reserve your table