SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Bart Gaetjens Prepares For Dancing For the Space Coast June 3

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Instructor and Dance partner LaDonna Campbell

ABOVE VIDEO: Bart Gaetjens is an Area External Affairs Manager for Florida Power & Light and will be participating with instructor LaDonna Campbell in Dancing For the Space Coast, which will be held at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center on Saturday, June 3.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The third annual Dancing For the Space Coast, a unique competition and fundraising event that benefits three worthy organizations on the Space Coast, will be held at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center on Saturday, June 3.

This year, Dancing For the Space Coast will benefit the Brevard Public Safety Charity, who has earmarked the proceeds to be distributed to the Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard and Maxwell King Center for the Performing Arts.

This exciting event will feature Space Coast community and business leaders, including Marc Claycomb, Dani Clevens, Angie Friers, Bart Gaetjen, CJ Johnson, Melissa and Ted Parker, Marilyn Scott, Tyler Sirois and Natasha Spencer.

“The true stars of the event are the dancers who work diligently to raise money for these worthy causes,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

BRAGGING RIGHTS ON THE LINE

Each celebrity dancer will be matched up with a professional dancer as they compete in a ballroom dance – and for bragging rights as the best dancer in Brevard. On the evening of June 3, each dance pair will compete in a choreographed ballroom dance that will be scored by a panel of judges.

During the show, couples will earn scores based on several technical skill factors, but the judges’ scores alone don’t decide the dancer’s final score. Leading up to the actual performance, the dancers will have already scored 60 percent of their points through their fundraising endeavors.

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

Several sponsorship levels are available, including the Grease Sponsor for $25,000, the Flashdance Sponsor for $15,000, the Footloose Sponsor for $10,000 and the Saturday Night Fever Sponsor for $5,000.

Tables are available at the following levels: Front Row VIP Dinner Table, $5,000; Second Row VIP Dinner Table, $2,500; Third Row Dinner Table, $1,750; and Fourth Row Dinner Table, $1,250. Individual seats can be purchased for $150 per person.

Dancing For the Space Coast is presented by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and sponsored by Harris Corporation, Revolution Technologies, Florida Institute of Technology and Space Coast Daily.

For more information, or to make a donation in the name of your favorite dance pair, log on to DancingFortheSpaceCoast.com

DANCER PROFILE: Bart Gaetjens

ABOVE VIDEO: Bart Gaetjens is an Area External Affairs Manager for Florida Power & Light and will be participating with instructor LaDonna Campbell in Dancing For the Space Coast, which will be held at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center on Saturday, June 3.

Bart Gaetjens is an Area External Affairs Manager for Florida Power & Light serving Brevard and Indian River Counties.

Bart Gaetjens is an Area External Affairs Manager for Florida Power & Light serving Brevard and Indian River Counties.

He is responsible for forging strong partnerships with the communities the company serve and creating a positive business environment for potential and current customers.

Gaetjens was born in Chicago, Illinois, and at age 6 he and his family relocated to Perrine, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Business Management.

After graduating from Florida State University on a Bachelor of Business Administrative rotation program, Gaetjens started working at Florida Power & Light shortly thereafter. He has also worked in FPL’s Customer Service, Corporate Security and Current Diversion Supervisor, Meter Reading Supervisor, Commercial and Industrial Account Manager, and currently serves as an Area External Affairs Manager.

Gaetjens is actively involved in numerous boards committees.

He currently is the Chair of the Brevard Nature Alliance, past Chair of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, past Vice President of the Association of Energy Engineers, an executive board member of Economic Development Commission of the Space Coast, the Brevard Business Voice, the Civilian Military (CivMil) council, board member of the Manufacturing Association of Florida, the Space Coast Economic Development Commission, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Brevard County, the Titusville YMCA and LEAD Brevard.

A resident of Titusville for 27 years, Gaetjens is married to his wife Terry and they have three daughters: Lisa (Jerry), Nicole and Shannon – along with grandsons Gavin and Grayson.

LaDonna Campbell – Instructor

LaDonna Campbell has been teaching in Brevard County since 2002 and she is proud to be the owner of Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville.

LaDonna Campbell has been teaching in Brevard County since 2002 and she is proud to be the owner of Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville.

Campbell began her love affair with dance in 2000 in the Ballroom world and began competing Pro/Am with her students on the Ballroom circuit and then got her professional certifications in American Smooth and Rhythm through the DVIDA organization.

LaDonna Campbell has been teaching in Brevard County since 2002 and she is proud to be the owner of Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville.In 2005, Campbell discovered the world of West Coast Swing and fell in love all over again. She was especially drawn to the creativity, spontaneity and artistic freedom that Swing offered.

Campbell currently competes and travels the Swing circuit and was a finalist at Swing Diego-the Super Bowl of Swing. She has won numerous championships with her professional partner Louis Schreiber. Campbell also competes with her students and has won multiple Top Teacher awards.

“I try to divide my time between Ballroom, Salsa, Country, and Swing,” said Campbell. “It keeps things fresh and keeps me current with what’s trending.”

She feels her diversity helps her as a teacher.

“Each style has its own unique way of teaching and explaining fundamental concepts of movement and I’m happy to be able to pull from all those resources to help my students really get it.”

Campbell currently enjoys living and working in Titusville, and although her business and family keep her very busy, she is happy to help her community by participating in Dancing for the Space Coast.

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SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

Several Dancing For the Space Coast sponsorship levels are available, including the Grease Sponsor for $25,000, the Flashdance Sponsor for $15,000, the Footloose Sponsor for $10,000 and the Saturday Night Fever Sponsor for $5,000.

Tables are available at the following levels: Front Row VIP Dinner Table, $5,000; Second Row VIP Dinner Table, $2,500; Third Row Dinner Table, $1,750; and Fourth Row Dinner Table, $1,250.
Individual seats can be purchased for $150 per person.

Dancing For the Space Coast is sponsored by Harris Corp., Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Space Coast Daily, Florida Institute of Technology and C&R Designs.

For more information, or to make a donation in the name of your favorite dance pair, log on to DancingFortheSpaceCoast.com

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