Dancing With the Vernon Stars 2018


Join us at the 11th annual Dancing With the Vernon Stars Gala and Auction!

On Friday, September 28th, join us for an evening of friendly competition and fun!  This year 11 couples have put on their dancing shoes to support this event with more than just sweat and fancy dance moves. Three awards are up for grabs this year: Community Favourite, Fan Favourite and Judges' Favourite. 

Tickets will be available soon.

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Meet the Dancers

Check out facebook to see our dancers hard at work preparing for the big event!

Susie & Brent Helland

Susie & Brent

  Melanie King & David Schaefer

Melanie King &
David Schaefer

  Beatrice Weir & David Scarlatescu

Beatrice Weir &
David Scarlatescu

Sarah Moorhouse & Darcy Helmle

Sarah Moorhouse
& Darcy Helmle

  Terri & Joe Deuling

Terri &
Joe Deuling

  Kristi Bieber & Aaron Nasipayko

Kristi Bieber &
Aaron Nasipayko

Brittany Wright & Nicholas Jacob

Brittany Wright
& Nicholas Jacob

  Jaye Coward & Sean Ling

Jaye Coward &
Sean Ling-Allen

  Fiona Hook & Kira Hook

Fiona &
Kira Hook

Lukas Erickson & Austin Ridley

Lukas Erickson
& Austin Ridley

  Holly & Andy

Holly &
Andy Stein



Meet the Coaches

Heather & Jens

Heather Stranks
& Jens Goerner


Jens and Heather have been professionally trained in both International and American dance styles and Jens was extensively schooled in Germany to teach social and competitive dancing as well as to train new dance instructors. Heather has a background as a figure skating coach and has trained with Jens for the past eight years. Together they own and operate City Dance and have nearly forty years of teaching experience between them.

Jens and Heather pride themselves in offering the highest quality lessons with a focus on proper technique and style in both group and private lessons, while keeping the learning experience fun! They are thrilled to be working with Dancing with the Vernon Stars this year and are excited to see all of the competitors strut their stuff in support of Hospice House.   City Dance


Olivia Grayce


Olivia is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, dance educator, recent Masters Degree Graduate, and director of SODANCE Vernon. Olivia has performed leading roles in numerous productions throughout the region, as well as nationally and internationally, and she has had the opportunity to work with many of the choreographers from the hit television shows So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars.

As an instructor, Olivia’s students have won numerous awards at a variety of competitions all around the world. Most recently, Olivia’s advanced team at SODANCE Vernon came back from Dance World Cup 2017 with 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals, 1 bronze medal and an invitation to represent Canada at the Bucharest Dance Festival in Romania.   SODANCE Vernon

Tracy Kaye Holly

Tracy Kaye Holly


After graduating from high school in Nelson, BC, Tracy Kaye Holly joined Dance City Studios in Vancouver, BC to commence a teaching degree in Ballroom and Latin dance. Her extensive and eclectic dance training led to a successful career in competing professionally for Canada.

Tracy has many national and international championship titles in several category styles, including International Standard and Latin, American Smooth and Rhythm, Theatre Arts, Cabaret, and Disco.

She has been involved with Dancing with the Vernon Stars in the past and is looking forward to giving back to the community through this event.    Tracy Kaye Holly Dance Co.

Thank You

The generous support and contributions of our sponsors, dancers, coaches and volunteers ensure this marquee event for North Okanagan Hospice Society is successful.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gina Watson.


Thank you to our judges

Brian Martin
Lisa Schofield
Brittney Fisher


Sponsorship Opportunities Dancing with the Vernon Stars 2018

Lake City Casinos


SunFMTambellini Design Studio



The Vernon and Pleasant Valley Funeral HomeNolan's Pharmasave
Sproing Creative



New Horizon ProductionsNixon Wenger LLPMel's Pizza
Stage Right



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