The event, in its third year, pairs local stars from some of Charlotte's most esteemed corporations with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet, to raise funds for the ballet company and each star's chosen charity. This year over $250,000 is going to six charities the stars chose to support.
The six stars and their professional dance partners performed varying routines, from salsa to swing, with two winners named. Cathy Bessant, global technology and operations executive with Bank of America, won the People's Choice award for raising the most money. Bessant raised over $255,000 for Charlotte Ballet and her chosen charity – Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center.
Receiving three perfect 10s for her swing routine, Dianne Chipps Bailey, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., won the Judges' Choice. Bailey danced for the Discovery Place Welcome program.