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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Elaine Madonna
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Elaine Madonna

“I began my career as an elementary school teacher. I had four children of my own and am now the proud grandmother of eight.

Dancing is my hobby and passion. I started dancing for fun as a child. I loved to dance “rock ‘n’ roll” as a teenager. One day, I tried the waltz and wanted to learn it. I found Fred Astaire Studios and have been a student for over 15 years. I love it and often encourage others to give it a try! I believe dance is a healthy option to a social sport. I’ve met wonderful people and have had lots of fun.

I have always been attracted to organizations and causes that help the lives of children and those in need of extra assistance. I’m excited to support Abilis, and be a part of this fun event!”

Elaine will be paired with Clemens
     Clemens began dancing in Linz, Austria at the age of 15. After completing all of his examinations in dance school, he began competing in major dance competitions throughout Europe including the Austrian Open, German Open, Italian Open, Copenhagen Open, Czech Republic Open, and Blackpool.

     He was recruited by the studio in 1998 and became the owner with his wife in 2001. During his time with Fred Astaire, he has won numerous New England regional championships as well as top teacher awards. Clemens has a degree in fashion and design from HBLA in Linz, Austria.  

    He works hard not only on the dance floor with his students, but also designing and making custom dresses for the studios competitive students, which he does in his free time.

Recent Contributors

Karen Colella Date Received: 09/14/2019
"Keep Dancing! Keep Smiling!! "
Cathlin Boncardo Date Received: 09/13/2019
"good luck!!"
Elisa Wilson Date Received: 09/5/2019
"I’m happy to support you dancing for this great cause! Go for it!"