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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Rita Lurito
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     Rita Mirella Lurito rediscovered her passion for dance after her career in banking and parenting.

     A 20 year Greenwich resident, she dances rhythm ballroom, hip-hop, salsa and jazz while enjoying golf and travel with her husband and adult sons.

Rita, a former Abilis Board member, with her family has supported Abilis' important mission in our community for over 15 years. She is delighted to combine her love of dance and her support for Abilis at this exciting event.


Rita 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 where he continues to pursue his passion for dancing. Under his direction and instruction, the Brookfield Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s students and certified instructors win top placements in competitions and enjoy the magic of dance.

     Last year Elmar's partner won both the "People's Choice Award" and split 1st place in the dance competition during our Dancing Stars event.



Recent Contributors

Susan Hoffman Date Received: 09/21/2018
"Go get ‘em Rita! Your beauty inside and out along with your dancing skills will absolute make you the favorite! Xo"
James Weiss Date Received: 09/21/2018
"sure to be a wonderful evening for a great cause!"
Debbie Chasanoff Date Received: 09/20/2018
"Can't wait to see you!!!"
C Schell Date Received: 09/19/2018
"Rita & Elmar + friends have an Incredible and beautiful evening!!! Christiane & Mike"
Karen Chaplin Date Received: 09/19/2018
Elisa And Jim Kelly Date Received: 09/19/2018
"Best of luck to our Dancing Queen Rita!! XOXO"
Judy And Gunter Heiland Date Received: 09/16/2018
"So looking forward to watching you dance and supporting this great organization!"
Megan Gillespie Date Received: 09/16/2018
"Wishing you the best Rita! You are going to be amazing xo"
Nancy And Bill Zisson Date Received: 09/14/2018
Robin And Adam Leader Date Received: 09/14/2018
"Good luck Rita! We are rooting for you! "
The Calf Island Foundation Date Received: 08/28/2018