3rd Annual ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ Raises More Than $250,000 For Local Non-Profit Charities

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Raised Over $250,000 for local charities

ABOVE VIDEO: Relive the Third Annual ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ charity event. (BCSO Video)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The third annual ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ drew rave reviews from attendees and local celebrities around Brevard County Saturday night, June 3, after a glorious evening of great entertainment for local charities.

The charity event was hosted by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and emceed by Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Cpl. Jay Martinez, the night featured a live auction and live dance performances by dance professionals and local celebrities who competed to raise money for Brevard County non-profit organizations.

Leading up to the event, the local celebrities helped raise money months before the event, while preparing for their complex dance routine in front of a packed Clemente Center.

Each of the nine local celebrities teamed up with a professional dancer of their choosing, and performed a dance routine in front of a sold-out audience on the campus of Florida Tech.

Anthony Catanese

Dr. Anthony Catanese

“I love this event,” said former Florida Tech President Dr. Anthony Catanese.

“This is the single biggest event in Brevard County.”

Over 700 attendees gathered Saturday night, June 3, at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center, who all helped raise over $250,000 for charity.

The beneficiaries of Saturday’s event were The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard, and The Maxwell King Center for the Performing Arts.

Also, 10-percent of the event’s proceeds will go directly to support the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity, Inc., established to assist Brevard County law enforcement officers and fire fighter/paramedics in their time of need.

The grand champion of the third annual Dancing For the Space Coast was Ted and Melissa Parker who helped raise over $44,000, taught by Dancin’ Dance Studio‘s professional dance instructor Heidi Arnold.

Second place, went to Dani Clevens and her instructor Barry Johnson from Melbourne Ballroom.

Third place, went to Natasha Spencer, Senior Vice President of Shelter Mortgage Company and her instructor Primo Garcia from Dancin’ Dance Studio.

Heidi Arnold

“Dancing For the Space Coast is a special event for me as an instructor,” said Heidi Arnold, owner and instructor at Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic.

“You form a bond with these dancers every year and we prepare months ahead of this event so the relationship you build with them extends beyond Dancing For the Space Coast. We do it all for local charities in Brevard County, which makes the event even more special.”

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Sheriff Wayne Ivey noted that every team in the event helped raise over $30,000, each.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

“The true “Stars” of the evening were the celebrity dancers who each committed their time and energy to raise funds for the event,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“This year’s celebrity dancers included Marc Claycomb, Dani Clevens, Angie Friers, Bart Gaetjen, CJ Johnson, Melissa & Ted Parker, Marilyn Scott, Tyler Sirois, and Natasha Spencer.”

“Each dancer was paired with a ballroom instructor who graciously donated a large portion of their time to support one of the largest and most successful fundraisers of the year,” Ivey added.

The whole event was sponsored by Space Coast Daily, Revolution Technologies, Harris Corporation., Melbourne Athletic Club, C&R Designs Printing, Florida Tech , Classic Wood Flooring, Community Champions, Bansbach Easylift, Eau Gallie Florist, Luke & Associates and Island Lincoln Jaguar Range Rover and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“A big thank you goes out to Barry Johnson from Melbourne Ballroom, Ladonna Campbell from Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville, and Primo Garcia, Heidi Arnold, Lance Sexton, Elena Johnson-Sexton, Brad Stein and Jemira Tejeda from Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic. Without their incredible support this event would not be as successful,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

The event will be back next year with a whole new lineup of celebrity dancers. Competitors for the 2018 event will be announced at a later date.

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A soldout crowd packed inside Florida Tech’s Clemente Center for the third annual Dancing For the Space Coast charity event. (Steve Wilson Image)

2016 Dancing For the Space Coast grand champions Kent Smith and Heidi Arnold opened up the night with a dance in front of a soldout Clemente Center at Florida Tech. (Steve Wilson Image)

Cpl. Jay Martinez of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office breaks out some moves at Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Steve Wilson Image)

Marilyn Scott and Brad Stein perform their dance routine to ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’ by Etta James at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Marilyn Scott and Brad Stein perform at the 3rd Annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Marilyn Scott and her instructor Brad Stein take to the dance floor at the 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Marilyn Scott and Brad Stein exit the dance floor after receiving thunderous applause in the first dance of Dancing For the Space Coast competition. (Colin Ziemer Image)

CJ Johnson and Jemira Tejeda dance to Robin Schultz’s ‘Sugar’ at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

CJ Johnson and his partner Jemira Tejeda shined on the dance floor for the 3rd annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

CJ Johnson and Jemira Tejeda swiftly danced into the hearts of over 700 attendees at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Dani Clevens and Barry Johnson dance to ‘Boogie Shoes’ by KC and The Sunshine Band at the third annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Dani Clevens and Barry Johnson ‘Wow’ the audience at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center for the 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast charity event. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Dani Clevens and Barry Johnson, from Melbourne Ballroom, thank the audience for a warm applause after their 2nd place finish at Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Dani Clevens and Barry Johnson from Melbourne Ballroom take 2nd place at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Steve Wilson Image)

Ted and Melissa Parker dance to David Guetta’s ‘Little Bad Girl’ at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Ted and Melissa Parker danced together as husband and wife at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Ted and Melissa Parker entertain a sold-out crowd at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Ted and Melissa Parker, along with their instructor Heidi Arnold, perform at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Elena and Lance Sexton perform a pro exhibition dance at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Elena and Lance Sexton perform an elegant and smooth professional exhibition dance for the crowd of over 700 spectators inside the Clemente Center at Florida Tech. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Lance and Elena Sexton perform together for an exhibition dance as husband and wife at the third annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Lance and Elena Sexton perform a professional ballroom dance at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Lance and Elena Sexton (both instructors) perform a professional dance exhibition at Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Steve Wilson Image)

Natasha Spencer and Primo Garcia dazzle the audience at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center for 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Natasha Spencer and her partner Primo Garcia dance to Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ at the third annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Natasha Spencer and Primo Garcia took 3rd place overall at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Sheriff Wayne Ivey emceed the 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast charity event. (Colin Ziemer Image)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jim Bondi, Coleen Bondi, Harris Community Affairs, Bob Duffy, Sr. Vice President of HR and Administration and Dr. Danielle Boucher.

Over 700 attendees gathered inside Florida Tech’s Clemente Center Saturday night for the 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Tyler Sirois and Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio entertain hundreds at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Tyler Sirois serves as Executive Director of the Office of the State Attorney for Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit serving Brevard and Seminole Counties. Sirois and his partner Heidi Arnold perform in front a sold-out crowd at the 3rd annual Dancing For the Space Coast (Colin

Tyler Sirois and Heidi Arnold perform a lift at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Tyler Sirois and Heidi Arnold break out their dance shoes for the largest event of its kind in Brevard County at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Marc Claycomb and his instructor Elena Sexton dance to ‘Strangers on a Train’ by David Nail at 2017 Dancing For The Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Marc Claycomb of the Melbourne Police Department and his instructor Elena Sexton dance at the 3rd annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Marc Claycomb and Elena Sexton perform at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Marc Claycomb and Elena Sexton entertain over 700 spectators at the third annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Soldout crowd packed inside the Clemente Center at Florida Tech. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Angie Friers of SPCA helps rescue animals in Brevard County. The SPCA of Brevard saved over 2,200 animals last year, said Friers. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Angie Friers and Lance Sexton having fun on the dance floor at Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Angie Friers and Lance Sexton perform at the third annual event from Clemente Center ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ (Colin Ziemer Image)

Angie Friers of the SPCA and Lance Sexton hit the dance floor for Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Bart Gaetjens and LaDonna Campbell from Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville perform an entertaining dance at Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Bart Gaetjens and LaDonna Campbell from Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville entertain hundreds inside a packed Clemente Center at Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Bart Gaetjens and LaDonna Campbell from Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville utilize humor in their dance routine to entertain over 700 spectators for Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Primo Garcia and Heidi Arnold (both instructors) close the night with a robust and entertaining routine centered around the movie of ‘Suicide Squad’ at Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Primo Garcia and Heidi Arnold perform a all professional exhibition dance at Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Primo Garcia and Heidi Arnold’s ‘Suicide Squad’ themed dance at the 3rd annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Primo Garcia and Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic play the Joker and Harley Quinn in their ‘Suicide Squad’ themed pro dance routine at Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Ted and Melissa Parker (left to right) were declared the winners of Dancing For the Space Coast after raising over $44,000 for charity. Heidi Arnold (right) from Dancin’ Dance Studio was their instructor (Colin Ziemer Image)

Local Celebrities and their dance instructors receive a big ovation from the crowd at the Clemente Center for a successful and entertaining night for charity at Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Tyler and Katy Sirois attend 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

District 2 County Commissioner Jim Barfield and his wife Darleen attend 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Rachel Darnell (left), Lindsey Deaton (center) and Tom Darnell (right) at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. Deaton is the organizer for Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Chuck Clemente, (left) T. Dwayne McCay-Mary Helen McCay and Nancy Peltonen in attendance for 2017 Dancing For The Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer Image)

Heidi Arnold (left), Melissa Parker (center) and Gina Zlotorzynski (right) at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Space Coast Daily Image)

Natasha Spencer’s fan club partakes on the Red Carpet at the 3rd annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Space Coast Daily Image)

Space Coast Daily’s Zach Clark and Giles Malone reflect on the 3rd annual ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ by interviewing guests, local celebrities and professional dancers on the red carpet. (Steve Wilson Image)

Steven Polimeni and Jemira Tejeda (dance instructor) at 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast. (Steve Wilson Image)

Maj. Andrew and Lisa Walters attend the third annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Steve Wilson Image)

Steve Wilson and Lisa Nichols helped photograph Dancing For the Space Coast 2017. (Colin Ziemer Image)

CELEBRITY DANCER PROFILES

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RED CARPET INTERVIEWS AT DANCING FOR THE SPACE COAST

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Dancing For the Space Coast, a unique competition and fundraising event that benefits three worthy organizations in Brevard, is being held at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center tonight.

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Dancing For the Space Coast, a unique competition and fundraising event that benefits three worthy organizations in Brevard, is being held at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center tonight.

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Dancing For the Space Coast, a unique competition and fundraising event that benefits three worthy organizations in Brevard, is being held at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center tonight.

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Dancing For the Space Coast, a unique competition and fundraising event that benefits three worthy organizations in Brevard, is being held at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center tonight.


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