Naperville notables take the floor for Dancing with the Celebrities

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Steve Rubin and pro dance partner Marta Ejsmont, winners of Judge’s Choice award

Last night eight Naperville notables spent the evening shaking it and shuffling at Meson Sabika for the Career & Networking Center’s Dancing with the Celebrities competition.

Vying for votes, the contestants brought their A-game to the dance floor, with everything from a shimmying salute to Tina Turner to a captivating country two-step to a fan-favorite Grease medley, all in the name of raising funds and awareness.

Who were the contestants?

  • Rena Tamayo-Calabrese, Executive Director – Naper Settlement
  • Mikel Mays, Founder – Mikel Music Center for Excellence
  • Jen Hoeft – Owner, J-Fit
  • Colten Parchem – Police Officer, Naperville Police Department
  • Steve Rubin – Managing Partner, Rubin Partnership
  • Debby Lendino – Real Estate Broker, John Greene Realty
  • Jim Leslie – Firefighter Paramedic, Naperville Fire Department
  • Jacque Clermont – Director of Community Relations, School District 203

Dancing with the Celebrities’ big winner

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Jacque Clermont and pro partner Nicolas Rodriguez, winners of the Audience Choice award

In the end, it was Jacque Clermont, director of community relations at Naperville School District 203, and her partner Nicolas Rodriguez of NP Dance Studio who zombie-walked away as the top winner by audience vote.  The two performed to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and included a few moves from the original music video that the judges said would “make Michael proud.”

The night’s runner-up, by the judges’ choice, was Steve Rubin, managing partner at Rubin Partnership, and his professional dance partner, Marta Ejsmont of ND Dance Studio.  The duo created a storyline dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.”

This is the 13th annual Dancing with the Celebrities fundraiser for the Career & Networking Center.  The nonprofit helps unemployed or underemployed people find fulfilling jobs.

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