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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Afton Fraser
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     Afton Fraser , born and raised in New York, is a former actress who has appeared in films and television.
     She developed a love for classic movies at a young age, which led to the publication of her first book “Hollywood Picks The Classics.”
     Her second book “Point To Happy” was a collaboration with her mother and sister for kids on the autism spectrum.
     Afton lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her three sons Griffin, Holden and Leland. 
     She hopes to channel her inner Ginger Rogers to raise money for a cause close to her heart. Her son Griffin is a child with autism, and Abilis provides services and support for those with special needs. Abilis works to create lives of joy and meaning for these vulnerable members of society.

Afton 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 and Afton won 1st place in the dance competition during the Dancing Stars event.

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Andrea Cilio Date Received: 09/15/2019
"So amazing, so beautiful!!! "
Anonymous Date Received: 09/14/2019
"To my dancing sista, you’re the best!!💃"
Julia Gilbert Date Received: 09/11/2019
"So proud of my beautiful dancing queen!!! You are a STAR! Love always. "
Tammy Kiratsous Date Received: 09/9/2019
"“There’s a difference only you can make.” "
Roberta Smithline Date Received: 09/9/2019
"You’re a super star in so many ways Afton!!!"
Alyssa Keleshian Date Received: 09/7/2019
"So proud of you Afton!"
Trisha Dalton Date Received: 09/7/2019
"Good luck! Sorry to miss it!!"
The Wilson Family Date Received: 08/30/2019
"Such an inspirational evening ... Go Afton!! "
Jennifer Klein Date Received: 08/29/2019
"You are incredible, Afton! "
Ayo Hart Date Received: 08/16/2019
"Shine bright my friend 🌟💖"
Mikki Lish Date Received: 08/9/2019
"Afton! You won my heart the moment I met you! WIN! x"
Eva Khalil Date Received: 08/7/2019
"Wish you the best! Love you ! "
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Betsy O’Reilly Date Received: 08/4/2019
"Go Afton!!!!!!"
Patty Murphy Date Received: 08/4/2019
"You are a star, Afton!!"
Bonnie Sikowitz Date Received: 08/4/2019
"Hooray Afton!"
Rita Hall Date Received: 08/4/2019
"yay you."
Janine Braun Date Received: 08/4/2019
"Afton, so proud of you! "
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