Dancing With the Stars

Past Events

Dancing With the Stars Gala – February 6, 2017

JFK’s Dancing with the Stars gala raised over $445,000 for the MCH!

On February 6th 2017, the Just for Kids Foundation hosted its 11th annual Dancing with the Stars gala. This fantastic event took place at Le Windsor Ballrooms, where nine different dances were performed in group and individual categories. The evening started with an elaborate cocktail dînatoire and carried over to the dance floor where the stars showcased their perfected routines. This year’s theme “Upside Down” transported guests into a memorable wonderland full of surprises, inviting the audience to free their imagination and expect the unexpected.

Distinguished judges included Meryem Pearson (World Championship Ballroom dancing judge), Pierre Allaire (12 time Canadian Ballroom Champion and co-founder of Studio 2720), and Sal Parasuco (Founder of fashion company Parasuco). The event was co-hosted by DWTS co-chair and owner of Juste Danse Studio, Allyson Kassie-Goldberg and Rythme FM 105.7 radio host, Francis Gilbert

Benjamin Proulx was named the winner of the Mirror Ball trophy. Along with his dance partner Jessie Mineau, they performed a Bollywood Samba routine. Our top fundraiser was Dr. Albert Cohen, with an amazing $39,215!

The competition featured five individual dancers from the Montreal community, paired with dance professionals, two group teams, a Rising Star Trio and a children’s troupe from the Juste Danse Studio.

The event raised over $445,000 with proceeds from the evening benefiting JFK’s A Breath for Life campaign, to purchase high priority medical equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Respiratory Medicine department at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Our success was made possible with the support of our talented dancers, generous sponsors, dedicated committee, fantastic volunteers and enthusiastic audience. A big THANK YOU from JFK and the young patients at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Event Chairs: Arabella Decker and Allyson Kassie-Goldberg

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Dancing With the Stars – 10th Anniversary Gala – February 2, 2016

JFK’s Dancing With the Stars gala raised over $310,000 for the MCH!

Ten years of dancing, thrilling audiences and raising over $2.5 million to purchase high-priority medical equipment.

On February 2nd 2016, the “Just for Kids” (JFK) Foundation had much to celebrate at its 10th anniversary edition of Dancing with the Stars at the spectacular, new Salon Le 1861. Montreal community members, paired with professional dancers, put their dancing skills to the test at this crowd-pleasing competition. This year’s theme “Memorable Moments” transported guests into famous dance scenes from some of their favourite films.

Distinguished judges included Meryem Pearson (World Championship Ballroom dancing judge), Pierre Allaire (12 time Canadian Ballroom Champion and co-founder of Studio 2720), and Vince Guzzo (Executive Vice-President and COO of Cinéma Guzzo Inc.). The event was co-hosted by Allyson Kassie-Goldberg from Studio Juste Danse and Virgin Radio’s Mark Bergman

Danny and Zak Bensoussan were named the winners of the mirror ball trophy. Along with their dance partner Marley Lubin, the duo performed a hip hop routine. The father/son duo were also the top fundraisers with an amazing $27,000.

The competition featured eight individual dancers, two group teams as well as a children’s troupe from the Juste Danse Studio.

Individual dancers & movies:

  • Die Another Day: Mia Scaff, with partner Tony Santana
  • Dirty Dancing: Lee Haberkorn, with partner Jessie Mineau
  • Grease: Mandy Wolfe, with partner Alex Sharov
  • Singin’ in the Rain: Hal Hannaford with partner, Maya Kolesnikova
  • Step Up: Danny & Zak Bensoussan, with partner, Marley Lubin
  • Take the Lead: Vibi Patel with partner, Mathieu Casavant
  • The Mask: Hivron Turanli, with partner, Maxime Deslauriers

In celebration of the anniversary, dancers from previous years gave back to the cause once again as members of two group dance alumni teams. JFK welcomed back past dancers including Tim Sochaczevski, Scarlett James and Brina Lewin, to name a few. The teams performed dances from the films The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Madagascar.

The event raised over $310,000 with proceeds from the evening benefiting JFK’s A Vision for the Future campaign, to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the departments of Ophthalmology, Cranio-Facial surgery, Cardiology and the NICU at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and event partners, our dedicated event committee, as well as our hard-working volunteers who were instrumental in making this event a success.

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Event Chair: Norma D’Alesio

 

Dancing With the Stars Gala - February 3rd, 2015

JFK’s Dancing With the Stars gala raises over $400,000 for the MCH!

On Tuesday February 3rd, six individual dancers competed in the ninth edition of the “Just for Kids” (JFK) Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars gala. Along with two group dance teams and a children’s troupe, the dancers took to the stage at the Telus Theatre in front of over 325 cheering spectators as the finale to their fundraising journey to support JFK in purchasing high priority medical equipment for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. This year’s theme “A Step In Time” transported guests through decades of dance with performances ranging from a swanky 1920’s Charleston to today’s hip hop-influenced moves.

Distinguished judges included Jean Marc Généreux (former ballroom champion and judge/choreographer from So You Think You Can Dance Canada and USA and current Dancing with the Stars in France), Pierre Allaire (12 time Canadian Ballroom Champion and co-founder of Studio 2720), Vince Guzzo (Executive Vice-President and COO of Cinéma Guzzo Inc.) and Connie Rotella (owner and artistic director of Danse 1…2…3).

Stephanie Chokron was named the winner of the mirror ball trophy. Along with her dance partner Mathieu Casavant, the duo performed a 1970s-inspired hustle routine to You Should be Dancing by the Bee Gees.

The other dance numbers included:
1890s Burlesque: Group performance by Burlicious
1920s Charleston: Tiffany Pinchuk-Rinzler, a mother of three with a Broadway dream, with partner Alexandru Sharov
1940s Mambo: Denis Antonelli, a father on a mission to help sick kids, with partner Maya Kolesnikova
1950s Rock n’ Roll: Ian Mofford, a former Alouette and Grey Cup champion, with partner Angela Chepurnoy
1960s Samba: Julie Eller, wife of Montreal Canadiens hockey star Lars Eller, with partner Julio Hong
1980s Jazz: Group performance by Fame-Us
1990s Hip Hop: Anissa Goldberg, a personal trainer and dance enthusiast, with partner Marley
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2000s Hip Hop/Contemporary: Group performance by The Selfies from Juste Danse

The top individual dancer to raise the most funds was Tiffany Pinchuk-Rinzler with an amazing $28,660. The group dancers exceeded fundraising expectations with Laura Borsellino and Craig Starke raising $22,650 and $14,426 respectively. One of the youngest fundraisers from the children’s troupe from Juste Danse studio was 11-year-old Charlotte Goldberg who raised an astounding $58,320 for the Foundation.

The event raised over $400,000 with proceeds from the evening benefiting JFK’s A Growing Promise campaign, to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the ENT and Urology Departments at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Thank you to our generous donors, sponsors and event partners, our dedicated event committee, as well as our hard-working volunteers who were instrumental in making this event a success.

Please contact JFK for more information about the gala, sponsorship or dancing in next year’s 10th edition of JFK’s Dancing With the Stars.

Co-Chair: Norma D’Alesio
Co-Chair: Arabella Decker

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Dancing with the Stars 2014 - February 2014

On Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, 350 guests came out to JFK’s 8th annual “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) night at Theatre Telus. Local Montreal community members were paired with professional dancers from Juste Danse, much like the format of the popular television show that bears the same name. This year’s DWTS, with its “Around the World” with JFK theme, featured six couples and three groups that trained for months to prepare for an evening that, through music and dance styles, transported the audience to many places around the globe. It all began in the entrance with all the flags and a big map of the world where you could buy raffle tickets for two tickets anywhere Air Canada flies with lovely Air Canada hostesses greeting guests in their uniforms.

Event Chairperson Norma D’Alesio worked tirelessly with a team of devoted volunteers to bring this spectacular event to fruition. No detail was left unturned from a lively judging panel to the coveted mirror ball trophy, and aisle attendants dressed as retro stewardesses.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail dinatoire catered by Java U prior to the show, which adequately warmed them up to bid generously on extravagant auction items, such as a coveted package with tickets to The Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Experienced Auctioneer Gary Peterson encouraged guests to give for the kids, resulting in a lucrative event. Our fantastic emcee for the evening was CTV’s Nadine Ishak.

Each dance contestant wowed with their unique styles and personalities. Marc Delplace started the individual dances off with a romantic Argentine Tango. Julie-Katerine Turcotte’s Paso Doble morphed into an electrifying ChaCha to the song Blurred Lines that entertained both guests and judges; Stephanie Afilalo won over the crowd with an energetic Bachata, which complimented both her dancing skills and her clearly infectious personality. Arabella Decker mesmerized with a sultry Rumba, and Dr. Jonathan Cooperman played his suave character to perfection in his Tango and Samba. Jennifer Lassner performed a stunning waltz, showing beautiful and romantic lines.

Group numbers included Afro Jazz by the adorable young Just Danse Troupe, lively Salsa from the Hot & Spicy Troupe, and a spectacular Bollywood routine by Bollywood Blitz.

The animated judging panel comprised movie mogul Vincenzo Guzzo, dancer and actor Don Jordan and choreographer, director, dancer and actress Connie Rotella.

The judges awarded this year’s DWTS mirror ball trophy to Dr. Jonathan Cooperman. The award for best dance troupe went to Bollywood Blitz.

Congratulations to all our phenomenal JFK dancers as they all deserve to be applauded for their outstanding efforts! Our guests left the Telus Theatre with a hot chocolate in hand, a goody bag courtesy of Air Canada & Cinemas Guzzo and a smile on their faces. The event was absolutely amazing and netted an incredible $300,000. Kudos to all who made this spectacular event happen!

Chair-Person: Norma D’Alesio

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