It takes a lot to stand in front of people and speak, but it takes even more to dance. That is exactly what these competitors have chosen to do. Learning to chasse, dip, and twirl their way across the dance floor, the contestants of Greenwich’s Dancing Stars are not in it for the prestige, or for any personal gain, they are doing it to support those who are less fortunate. Each of our stars have elected to help fund the wide range of high quality programs and services that Abilis provides to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families need to live, learn, work and enjoy life.

Proceeds from the live and silent auctions, and donations made to the dance teams will go directly to Abilis.  All other costs related to the event and gala itself have been provided by Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenwich or one of our great patrons. Each dollar donated is a vote for your favorite dancer. If you would like to make an offline donation, please contact Matthew Ames “Event Coordinator” at 203-775-6588 to make arrangements.

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Billy Blanks JR.
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Billy Blanks Jr. : Self-taught and working professionally from his youth, Billy Blanks Jr. gained much exposure and experience in the world of dance and entertainment. As a young teen he choreographed school musical productions and created after school dance groups. As Billy’s notoriety grew, he earned roles as a dancer in music videos with Paula AbdulMadonnaCeline Dion,  Crystal Method (directed by Gore Verbinski), Quincy Jones, and Babyface.

Over time, Billy has become the face for the new generation of fitness with his revolutionary dance program, Dance It Out! He made history on the hit TV show Shark Tank after turning down a deal proposed by Mark Cuban and Daymond John when the latter shark left the tank and talked Billy into taking the deal. The result was his business Dance It Out® (DIO®) becoming the fastest growing fitness based dance program in America! Billy is the son of Tae Bo® creator Billy Blanks.

In October 2015, Billy launched the MoveTube Network where he produces and directs feel good workouts, motivational content, and other inspirational videos featuring today’s hottest dancers and celebrities. Billy lives in Los Angeles, CA and travels between there and his new home in Greenwich, CT. Currently Billy fills his time as the Artistic Director of the Wall Street Theater.


Billy will be paired with Joanna


     Born in Germany, she began dancing at the age of 3. After dancing in multiple dance groups and in different dance styles, Joanna found her passion in Hip-Hop dancing.

     In 2011, she became a certified Zumba(R) Fitness Instructor and has a complete wide-ranging education from Germany in ballroom dancing. Besides dancing and teaching international Latin & Standard, she is specialized in children’s dancing and West Coast Swing.

     Following her dreams to improving herself, and the love of dancing, brought her to the United States to become a Fred Astaire Dance Studio professional.


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Karen Mayo Date Received: 07/11/2019