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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Melissa Zoldan-Leite
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Melissa is a licensed attorney in both NY and NJ. She has been in civil defense litigation for over 20 years, and has owned her own firm, with her two partners, for the last 10 years. Melissa is the proud mother of a 10-year-old son and two stepsons, ages 13 & 15. She has been active member of her son's public school PTA for the past six years during which she served as president for four of those years. Melissa’s husband of 8 years, John, and she currently reside on the upper west-side of Manhattan.
Melissa grew up dancing from elementary school through middle school. Her training included classical styles such as ballet, modern and jazz.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to participate and support Abilis. I thank my sister Amy for the wonderful opportunity. It’s so exciting to rekindle my love of dance and support a worthy cause.”

Melissa Will be paired with Matthew
     With over 27 years of dance and theater experience and expert training in both classical and more modern styles of dance, Matthew was ranked by the largest international dance franchise as one of their top teachers for 3 consecutive years. He is also the recipient of the coveted Winners Circle Award given only to the top 3 instructors each year.

     Matthew has performed with the major ballet companies in NYC and Pittsburgh, as well as appearing Off-Broadway, and has received several awards in international acting and modeling competitions. During his career, he has competed in all 9 American Style dances, theater arts, and show dance. Matthew received 2nd place in the 2011 NASSPDA Championships in both American Show Dance and American Smooth Championships. In addition to being a ballroom dancer, Matthew is also a personal development and fitness coach.

Recent Contributors

Shani Byrne Date Received: 09/14/2019
"Go Melissa!!!! We love you"
Prerna Kapur Date Received: 09/14/2019
"Go Melissa! You Rock!"
ESSIE Linderman Date Received: 09/8/2019
"Break a leg Adele!!"
Annie Wilson Date Received: 09/7/2019
"You are going to be amazing Melissa! "
Amy Montimurro Date Received: 09/7/2019
"Aunt Melissa!!! Thank you!! Sisters by chance, friends by choice! All our love!! You’re going to be awesome!!!"
Kim Robilotto Date Received: 09/7/2019
"You are going to rock it!!"
Katharine Cirrinicione Date Received: 09/6/2019
"Go Melissa!"
Lisa Gill Wil McKoy Date Received: 09/6/2019
"Dance like nobody's watching! "
Gallo Vitucci & Klar LLP Date Received: 08/8/2019