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Out & About: Dancing With Celebrities benefits Open Your Heart to a Senior

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
(from left), Jenn Davidson dances the Cha-Cha with dance student, Jim Graham, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
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(from left), Jenn Davidson dances the Cha-Cha with dance student, Jim Graham, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
(from left), Lori Anderson dances the Quickstep with dance student, Tom Charley, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
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(from left), Lori Anderson dances the Quickstep with dance student, Tom Charley, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Jeffrey Siegwarth and Luanne O'Brien jive during Dancing With Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, on Nov. 10 at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
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Jeffrey Siegwarth and Luanne O'Brien jive during Dancing With Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, on Nov. 10 at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
Dance instructor Chuck Watson dances the Waltz with Leslie Schupp during Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Dance instructor Chuck Watson dances the Waltz with Leslie Schupp during Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Dance instructor Chuck Watson dances the Waltz with Leslie Schupp during Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Dance instructor Chuck Watson dances the Waltz with Leslie Schupp during Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
(from left), Rosemary Spoljarick dances the Samba with instructor, Dmitry Demidov, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Rosemary Spoljarick dances the Samba with instructor, Dmitry Demidov, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Event committee members (from left) Vicki Rudge and Betty Griffith pose for a photo at Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Event committee members (from left) Vicki Rudge and Betty Griffith pose for a photo at Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Laura Johnson and Mike Lorenz (on the stairs) lead a flash mob of dancers at Dancing With Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held Nov. 10 at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
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Laura Johnson and Mike Lorenz (on the stairs) lead a flash mob of dancers at Dancing With Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held Nov. 10 at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin.
John Molnar and dancing partner, Lynne Preisser, dance at Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
John Molnar and dancing partner, Lynne Preisser, dance at Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Melissa Knapp Cermak and her dancing partner Tim Meier, compete in Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Melissa Knapp Cermak and her dancing partner Tim Meier, compete in Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
(from left), Logan Badeau dances the Samba with his dance student, Janna Cohen, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Logan Badeau dances the Samba with his dance student, Janna Cohen, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
(from left), Logan Badeau dances the Samba with his dance student, Janna Cohen, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Logan Badeau dances the Samba with his dance student, Janna Cohen, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Judges, (from left), Amy Wadas, David Kay and Gene Good, make remarks at the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Judges, (from left), Amy Wadas, David Kay and Gene Good, make remarks at the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
From left: Judy Lynn-Craig dances the foxtrot with her instructor, Andrew Ferri, during Dancing with the Celebrities to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, Nov. 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
From left: Judy Lynn-Craig dances the foxtrot with her instructor, Andrew Ferri, during Dancing with the Celebrities to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, Nov. 10, 2017.
(from left), Amy Blackburn dances the Swing with dance student, Fr. Daniel Ulishney, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Amy Blackburn dances the Swing with dance student, Fr. Daniel Ulishney, during the Dancing with the Celebrities, to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior, held at the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin on Friday evening, November 10, 2017.

How do you keep the Dancing With Celebrities formula fresh? Start the show with a flash mob.

It worked Nov. 10 in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin, as Open Your Heart to a Senior (formerly Faith in Action) kicked off its third annual celebrity dance-off.

About two dozen dancers from their 20s to their 80s primed the crowd for the main event with a fun and funky routine led by Laura Johnson and Mike Lorenz of Anytime Fitness in Irwin.

At the end of the night, Rosemary Spoljarick andDmitry Demidov took first place for their samba. Waltzing into second were Leslie Schupp and Chuck Watson . Jeffrey Siegwarth andLuanne O'Brien jived their way to third.

Other celebrities and their instructor-partners were John Molnar andLynne Preisser, Janna Cohen andLogan Badeau, Judy Lynn-Craig andAndrew Ferri, FatherDaniel Ulishney andAmy Blackburn, Jim Graham andJenn Davidson, Tom Charley andLori Anderson and Melissa Knapp Cermak andTim Meier.

EmceeRobert Mangino kept things moving. Amy Wadas, David Kay and Gene Goodjudged, while the crowd judged the judges with cheers and a few boos and catcalls.

Vicki Rudge, Kaaren Eastman, Katie Fritsch, Betty Griffith, Dianne Hu, Christina Jobe, Leyla Pilon-Sinclair, Rosemary Scardina, Jane Strittmatter and Mary Tarcy made up the event committee.

Seen: Bobbie Watt Geer, Jane Church, Tom andDee Sylvester, Mary Catherine Motchar, Barb Tomko, Karen Hochendoner, John andMary Smaligo and Open Your Heart to a Senior program directors Melaney Hegyes and Karen Horchak.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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