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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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Maria Wilson
 
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Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Maria graduated from Fordham University, and enjoyed a lengthy career at NBC Sports.  She lived in Manhattan and enjoyed the city lifestyle until Maria and her husband, James, realized their most important life event: they welcomed their beautiful twin girls, Kate and Annie. They eventually moved to Greenwich, CT to raise their family and enjoy the next chapter of their lives.
 

Maria enjoys traveling, all-things- theater, movies, great food, and time with her family and friends - with her primary loves and passions dedicated to her role as wife and mother.  She discovered ballroom dancing a year ago with her good friend, Afton. Ballroom dancing has brought great joy to Maria, but being able to help and support children with special needs has given a newfound hobby even greater meaning and purpose.


 

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Maria 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 Brookfield's Dancing Stars event.

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Recent Contributors

Debbie Deaver Date Received: 09/24/2018
"Have fun!"
 
Jim, Annie And Kate Wilson Date Received: 09/22/2018
"You're our Dancing Queen! We love you!"
 
Marie Citarella Date Received: 09/22/2018
"Maria, thank you for your incredible service for others and have a blast tonight!!!"
 
Jeanne Lockwood Date Received: 09/20/2018
"Maria- you never cease to amaze me!! Love this and you!!!"
 
Suzy Marchetti Date Received: 09/20/2018
"merde!!"
 
Linda Reals Date Received: 09/20/2018
"Rock it Maria!"
 
Anonymous Date Received: 09/20/2018
"We love you! -A & M"
 
Christina Fagundes Turner Date Received: 09/18/2018
"May your poetic motion and silent language of dance radiate the true beauty of who you are. I am honored to call you my friend!"
 
Kimberly Lake Date Received: 09/12/2018
"I am so impressed by you ... good luck!! Xox"
 
Jennifer Aiello Date Received: 09/11/2018
"So proud of you!!! Wish I could be there. Best of luck. "
 
Rebecca Wilson Date Received: 09/10/2018
"You are amazing Maria! Go WOW them with your dance moves. "
 
Kim Salomon Date Received: 09/10/2018
"Maria!! You go girl!!! Proud of you and what an amazing cause you are supporting!! "
 
Katy & James Wilson Date Received: 09/9/2018
"You’ll rock the stage...best of luck!"
 
Kate Majd Date Received: 09/9/2018
"You will shine, Maria! xx"
 
Afton Fraser Date Received: 09/8/2018
"LOVE YOU MARIA !! XOXO "
 
Tammy Kiratsous Date Received: 09/8/2018