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12th Look Who’s Dancing features local celebrities to benefit NMSU dance program

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Jacqueline Devine, Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 10:02 p.m. MT Oct. 14, 2019 | Updated 10:05 p.m. MT Oct. 14, 2019

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Look Who's Dancing first place winners Karissa Doan, of Pioneer Bank, and Manny Carmona celebrate Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Jesus Padilla, of Memorial Medical Center, celebrates as he and his partner Julia Sprowles took home second place at this year's Look Who's Dancing! competition Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Griselda Martinez, of the city's economic development department, and her partner Ernie Olivas took home third place in the 2018 Look Who's Dancing! competition Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Ron Saltzman, owner of the Frame and Art Center, and his partner Patricia Aguirre won this year's Super Star Award given to the celebrity Look Who's Dancing! contestant who raises the most money before the event, held  Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Eric Enriquez, Las Cruces fire chief, and his partner Crystal Miranda won the People's Choice Award — for raising the most money the night of the event — and the Entertainment Award during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Members of the NMSU DanceSport teams provide some of the evening's entertainment at Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Lola Cunico, a nurse educator, and her partner Matthew Payne perform a mambo during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Sandra Espiritu, of Enchanted Sun Realty, and George Torres show off their best rumba moves during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Sandra Espiritu, owner of Enchanted Sun Realty, strikes a pose after finishing her rumba routine during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Jesus Padilla, of Memorial Medical Center, struts his stuff by performing a swing style with his partner Julia Sprowles during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Becky Corran, chair of the NMSU Faculty Senate, and Harold Joy perform a quickstep during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Lee Silverman, of Steinborn & Associates Real Estate, and Karen Torres dance the tango during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Karissa Doan, of Pioneer Bank, and Manny Carmona dance a west coast swing during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Griselda Martinez, of the city's economic development department, and her partner Ernie Olivas perform a samba during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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George Vescovo, car dealership owner, and Rebecca Sprowles entertain the audience with their paso doble routine  during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Eric Enriquez, the Las Cruces fire chief, has fun dancing a cha cha with his partner Crystal Miranda  during Look Who's Dancing! Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Eric Enriquez, Las Cruces fire chief, and Crystal Miranda perform a waltz during Look Who's Dancing! on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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Look Who's Dancing! couples perform a waltz in the opening round of the 2018 competition Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Pan American Center.

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LAS CRUCES – If you’re a fan of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” then you don’t want to miss this year’s New Mexico State University Dance Program’s “Look Who’s Dancing!” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Pan American Center. 

The NMSU DanceSport Company members partnered with local community “celebrities” in August and the teams have been practicing since then. 

Ann Gavit, associate professor of dance at NMSU, said the program is in its 12th season and the purpose of the event is to promote social dancing in the community as a healthful and enjoyable activity for all ages and all skill levels to benefit the NMSU Dance Program. 

“This is a major fundraiser for the NMSU dance program. The funding goes towards performances, costuming and student travel and scholarships,” Gavit said. “This is our version of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ our local celebrities will compete for a mirror ball trophy.” 

Each celebrity and their DSC partner will perform two dances in the competition. All of the celebrities will perform the waltz with their partner. The contestants will choose their second dance, which will include the mambo, quickstep, swing, hustle and the merengue among others.

This season’s celebrities range from a chief medical officer to a bar manager. They are: 

  • Sheryl Arvizu, wife of NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu, partnered with Pono Kaneao
  • Dolores Gomez, chief medical officer at Memorial Medical Center, partnered with Danny Torres 
  • Mandy Guss, city’s economic development department spokeswoman, partnered with Nico Gastelum 
  • Andriena Martinez, director of marketing at Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, partnered with Thomas Dieten
  • Jana Williams, a pediatrician at Full Bloom Pediatrics, partnered with Alex Donoghue 
  • Corey Cepeda, bar manager at High Desert Brewing Co., partnered with Karen Torres 
  • Thomas Drake, instructor at Doña Ana Community College and the Spotted Dog Brewery, partnered with Briana Garibay 
  • Jerramy Duran, office manager for Landmark Real Estate and Investments and Mr. Gay Texas, partnered with Crystal Miranda 
  • Moises Mascorro, agent with New Mexico State Police, partnered with Rebecca Strowles 
  • Marcos Ramirez, business and financial consultant, partnered with  Julia Strowles 


     

Competitors will vie for first, second and third place mirror ball trophies, the Entertainment Award, and the People’s Choice award. 

You can help choose the couple who will win the People’s Choice award. Community members get to buy votes; you can drop money, at $1 increments, into the bins for the competitor you would like to vote for at the event.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 12 at the door.  Tickets for LWD competition are available from any LWD contestant, NMSU dance student, the NMSU Dance Program Office ,575-646-2070 and also at the Pan American Center Ticket Office, 575-646-1420.  

Jacqueline Devine can be reached at 575-541-5476, JDevine@lcsun-news.com or @JackieIsDevine on Twitter.

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