'Dance for Life' brings TV champion Tony Dovolani to Crestview

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"Dancing with the Stars" champion Tony Dovolani headlines "Dance for Life," an evening of ballroom dance spectacle benefiting Covenant Hospice, on Feb. 16.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 03:10 PM.

CRESTVIEW — "Dancing with the Stars'" Tony Dovolani will headline a gala night of ballroom dance spectacle when Fred Astaire Dance Studio presents its annual showcase with proceeds benefiting Covenant Hospice.

Crestview High School's Pearl Tyner Auditorium on Feb. 16 will transform into a dance palace of sound, light and swirling bodies, featuring the season 15 champion of ABC's “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.”

Joining Dovolani and his partner, Chelsie Hightower, will be amateur and professional dancers from the local Fred Astaire studio and studios across the Emerald Coast, including Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee.

"It's a big production," Crestview studio co-owner Erika Moreno said. "It's the big show for the Crestview studio. Each studio hosts its own big show and this is ours."

The Crestview Fred Astaire studio has a history of supporting Covenant's local programs, which include bereavement services, children’s support programs, chaplain services and indigent patient care, Covenant Development Manager Jenni Perkins said.

"I think David (Colón, co-owner) and Erika are extremely community-minded," she said. "They really look for opportunities to get involved with a good cause while showcasing their passion for dance and their skill. They have supported Dance for Life for the past three years and every year it just gets bigger and better and raises more money for us."

In addition to Dovolani, the evening will feature "a small 'battle of the dancing stars,'" including studio professional Aaron Stowell dancing with local attorney Muncelle Mitchell, Moreno said. They will face off on the dance floor with Fred Astaire dancer Hannah Kania, whose partner will come from the ranks of community, business or civic leadership.

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