As Dancing With the Ohio Valley Stars sashays its way into season eight, prepare for more glamour, glitz and sequins as this year’s cast prepares to “light up the night” with their sparkling personalities and lightning dance moves.

Eleven local celebrities will be paired with professional dance partners to compete for the mirror ball trophy at the Nov. 3, event to benefit the August Levy Learning Center.

This year’s lineup includes:

  • 7News This Morning meteorologist Emily Goodman dancing with professional freelance dancer Mike Kittle
  • Wheeling Fire Department Lieutenant Bob Heldreth dancing with Megan Campbell from Studio MC Performing Arts Centre
  • Collections representative for United Bank Keith A. Jones III dancing with Cassidy Sansone from Studio MC Performing Arts Centre
  • GlaxoSmithKline contract manager Derrick McKee dancing with professional freelance dancer Ashley Martinez
  • Assistant Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney and member of Hoorah 2 Heroes National Administration Team Josh Norman dancing with Claire Norman from LDT Dance Centre
  • Director of sales and merchandising for Riesbeck Food Markets Brian Riesbeck dancing with Taylor Lucas from Take A Bow Dance Centre
  • United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley executive director Jessica Rine dancing with 2015 star-turned-professional Walker Holloway
  • Owner of Pickles Eatery & Bar and Pickles West Liberty Bobby Rys dancing with professional freelance dancer Dona’e Albert
  • Chef Travis, executive chef of Elmhurst, dancing with Chelsea Loy from Take A Bow Dance Centre
  • Local musician Tim Ullom dancing with Alex Mitchell from Studio MC Performing Arts Centre
  • Zambito Flooring America’s Ric Zambito dancing with Carly DiCola from Turn it Out Dance Academy.

Co-hosting this year’s event will be WTRF News anchor Rachael Dierkes and David Blomquist from the Bloomdaddy Experience.

“I’m so excited to be on stage again for Dancing With the Ohio Valley Stars as co-host this year! No matter how you are involved, it’s an honor to be a part of such a fun night supporting a great organization like Augusta Levy,” said Dierkes, who was a 2016 contestant.

Dancing With the Ohio Valley Stars will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets are $30 and are available at WesBanco Box Office, online at www.augustalevy.org and www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com and at the door on the night of the event starting at 6 p.m.

Each couple will perform a dance of their choice to be judged by a panel of three judges.

A pre-party will be held in the Capitol Ballroom prior to the event starting at 5 p.m. with entertainment by Jason Treuman. Tickets for the pre-party are $20 and can be purchased by calling 304-242-6722. Reservations are required.

For information regarding sponsorships, call Augusta Levy Learning Center at 304-242-6722.

Established in 2005, ALLC has revolutionized the treatment of children with autism in the state of West Virginia. ALLC is West Virginia’s first and largest research-based program for children with autism that serves the tri-state area of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. All proceeds from the event will benefit Augusta Levy Learning Center’s intensive intervention program.



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