Dancers Compete at Fred Astaire Ahead of ElderHouse’s Feb 28 Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit

Four star dancers scheduled to perform at ElderHouse’s upcoming February 28, 2015 Dancing with the Stars Benefit, took part in a Fred Astaire Team competition.

Online PR News – 09-February-2015 – Norwalk, CT – On January 30, 2015 four of the seven star dancers scheduled to perform at ElderHouse’s upcoming February 28, 2015 Dancing with the Stars A Gala Benefit for ElderHouse took part in a Fred Astaire Team Match at Continental Manor in Norwalk, CT.

“Hey, us dancers can never get enough practice before the big event!” says Sam Gault, owner of Gault Energy & Stone. “The Fred Astaire team dance competition was a fun event for all involved. It was impressive to see all the talented Fred Astaire instructors dance with their students.” Gault took part in the competition along side fellow ElderHouse star dancers Tony Aitoro, owner of Aitoro Appliance; Theresa Polley, President and CEO at Financial Accounting Foundation and Tina Dragone, owner of Tina Dragone. All four contestants were on their toes for the January 30 competition, which saw hundreds of students and their professional Fred Astaire dance partners perform.

The idea behind the Team Match was to allow studio teams from all Fred Astaire studios in Greenwich, Ridgefield, Brookfield and Norwalk to compete for the top studio trophy.

‘Our line up was well represented and the energy and enthusiasm we are seeing from our star dancers and from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio is unbelievable,” says Nancy Romberg of Fairfield County Bank. Nancy and Denise Cesareo, executive director at ElderHouse, are the masterminds behind ElderHouse’s largest fundraising event of the year – the 2015 Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit to be held Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at the Inn at Longshore, Westport, CT.

ElderHouse’s star dancers are all high-profile business and community leaders who, along with their professional partners from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, are generously giving of their time to prepare dance routines to be showcased at the benefit. The lineup also includes Steve Simmons, partner & head of manager selection at Sideris Capital Partners; Jayme Stevenson, 1st Selectman in Darien; Andrea Coreau, Senior Vice President at Fairfield County Bank. Funds from the event go to support the work of ElderHouse.

“As a conservative accountant, dancing in front of people is completely out of my comfort zone,” says Theresa Polley. But Elder House provides such a critical service to our senior population that I’m willing to take that giant leap. I’ve always believed it’s good to try new things—in fact, I think that helps keep you young!”

Tina Dragone notes: “I have been working with a trainer at 5:00 am two mornings a week and running the other days. I also have been dancing with Martin two to three evenings a week after work to prepare. It's for a wonderful cause.”

Nancy Romberg and Denise Cesareo could not be more appreciative of the efforts being made by all the star dancers. “They have made such a deep commitment to ElderHouse and to the Gala on February 28,” says Nancy. “I am very excited. This assures me that this event will be “over the top” fun this year. Not to be missed!”

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For over 35 years ElderHouse, a Norwalk, CT-based non-profit adult day center, has provided a unique brand of programs and services to thousands of seniors with age related disabilities and chronic illnesses in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport and Wilton. Stats show their services have never been more needed than they are today. Every 72 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds and 40,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year. As the boomer generation ages those numbers will only increase.

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