Celebrity dancers announced for 2018 Star Dancing Gala; Mike Johnston set to emcee

Daily staff report

Lift the curtain and set the stage for Eagle County youth at the 10th annual YouthPower365 Star Dancing Gala.

The highly anticipated gala is being re-made with a Shakespearian twist, promising to surprise and delight attendees with amazing performances when it returns to the Vail Valley Jet Center in Gypsum on Tuesday, July 17.

With the theme “Set the Stage,” the Star Dancing Gala celebrates and supports the successful public-private partnership between all of Eagle County’s schools and YouthPower365, which provides extended learning opportunities for more than 4,200 young people.

This year’s event is divided into three acts — the first being cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, starting at 5:30 p.m. During the second act, attendees will dine on a five-star dinner while watching dance performances featuring the celebrity dancers and notable local professional dancers. Young local dancers who take part in Celebrate the Beat and the Vail Performing Arts Academy will also perform before the live auction begins. During the final act, attendees will dance the night away with DJ Carve.

Former Colorado State Senator and current Colorado gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston will emcee the event again this year.

The dancers have been hard at work rehearsing and raising money to help support YouthPower365’s mission: “To provide extended learning year-round that inspires, educates and empowers the youth and families of Eagle County from cradle to career.” Help support its endeavor by voting for your favorite dancer today at


The event’s local celebrity dancers are hard at work both on and off the dance floor.

“We have a great lineup of local celebrity dancers this year who are incredibly dedicated to helping the children in our community through their dancing performances,” said Melisa Rewold-Thuon, Executive Director of YouthPower365.

The public can support the cause by purchasing votes of $10 or more for their favorite dancers online at

Without further ado, here are the celebrity dancers you’ll see steal the show at the Star Dancing Gala


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