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   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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Dana Cifone
 
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With over a decade of experience in hospitality, Dana Cifone owns up to her prestigious reputation. As one of Greenwich's leading ladies as a restauranteur, she is well-known with the locals. Ms. Cifone has lived and worked in Greenwich for most of her professional career and therefore considers herself a Greenwich native. 
 
She can be seen in her day-to-day activities as Director for Gabriele's of Greenwich, to mingling on the avenue while walking her dog Meeka or catching up with friends at some of the town's most noteworthy spots and events. 
 
From a young girl with a dream to work in hospitality, to a young woman on a mission to bring her talents to life, Dana Cifone has captured Greenwich and its' surrounding areas with the sincerity of her heart and the ability to bring people together. She is a true individual and an independent woman worthy of her acclaim.

 

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Dana will be paired with Elmar
 
     Elmar began ballroom dancing in Germany at the age of 7, and through the years successfully competed in many Regional, National and International competitions. Upon completion of the extensive German training to become a certified dance instructor, he was immediately offered a position as Assistant Manager and Dance Instructor at one of the largest German dancing schools in Munich, Germany.
 
     In January 2007, Elmar joined Fred Astaire Dance Studios as an owner and Director of the Brookfield, CT location and with the success of that studio He and his wife opened a second studio in Greenwich where he continues to pursue his passion for dancing. Under his direction and instruction, the Greenwich Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s students and certified instructors have won top placements in competitions and enjoy the magic of dance.

     Last year Elmar's partner won 1st place in the dance competition during the Dancing Stars event.
 

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Stephanie Green Date Received: 09/14/2019
 
Paula Katz Date Received: 09/14/2019
"Good luck Dana. I’ll be cheering for you 👍🎉"
 
Michelle Newman Date Received: 09/13/2019
 
Dina Morabito Date Received: 09/13/2019
"We are so proud of you! Dance your you know what off! Love, Dom, Dina, little Dom, Sofia & Isabella"
 
Abby Mendelsohn Date Received: 09/13/2019
"Good luck Dana!"
 
Jen Kratochvil Date Received: 09/12/2019
 
Lori Ann Gallucci Date Received: 09/8/2019
"Dance, Dance, Dance...We Love Ya ~ ♥️ The Gallucci’s "
 
Romona Norton Date Received: 09/7/2019
"Best wishes!!Hugs and kisses."
 
Michael, Danielle & Ang Cifone Date Received: 08/13/2019
 
Maria Correia Date Received: 08/10/2019
"You go girl! 💃🏽"
 
Caterina Corvino Date Received: 08/2/2019
 
Laura Seltzer Date Received: 08/1/2019
"Go get em, girl! "
 
Michael Brown Date Received: 08/1/2019