When College of Idaho psychology professor Dr. Isaac Hunter gets in front of a crowd March 7, he won’t be presenting his academic knowledge. He’ll be showing off his dance moves as one of the Caldwell Fine Arts 2015 “Dancing with the Caldwell Stars” contestants.
Hunter will join five other local “celebrities” with no prior dance experience to compete for the mirror ball trophy. The other brave community members who will participate this year are James Barrett (Musician and owner of Barrett’s Professional Carpet Care), Terrence Biggers (Caldwell City Council), Chantele Hensel (Publisher of Caldwell Perspective Newspaper), Stacy Krajnik (Caldwell Chamber of Commerce), and Trisha Stone (Lincoln Elementary School Principal). Judges include David Kerrick, Kate Fowler, and Scott Gipson.
The locals will be matched up with a professional dance partner from Utah Ballroom Dance Company and will spend the week learning a ballroom dance. The first half of Saturday’s program will feature our Stars performing their dance to a panel of judges and the community. During intermission, the audience will vote and the winner will be decided by ballot results and scores from the judges. The second half of the program features the professional company in a spectacular Hollywood-themed showcase.
Utah Ballroom Dance Company is excited to come back to Caldwell for the second year. This company features some of nation’s top ballroom dance athletes who have performed nationally and internationally. They have received numerous accolades and awards such as the coveted U.S. National Formation Championships. With more than 100 performances each year, this professional ensemble delights, entertains and uplifts thousands worldwide.
Tickets for Dancing with the Caldwell Stars are free to C of I students, faculty and staff. Some tickets will be available at the door with an ID card. Because we expect a full house, please reserve your tickets beforehand at www.caldwellfinearts.org or call (208) 459-5275. Faculty and staff, use coupon code “faculty” for your free ticket. Students, select a student ticket and use coupon code “yotes” to get your free ticket. Public ticket prices are $10-$20 for adults and $5-$10 for children and students.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.