Dancing with the Vernon Stars 2019

Join us at the 12th Annual Dancing With the Vernon Stars Gala and Auction

Get ready to cheer on local dancers as they jitterbug, lindy hop, and jive into our hearts at the 12th annual Dancing with the Vernon Stars.

Presented by Lake City Casinos Vernon, this year’s event will see eight couples stepping out on the Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre ballroom floor on Friday, September 27, 2019, in support of Hospice.

Watch as all the hard work pays off as our dancers, who have trained tirelessly with professional dance instructors, strut their stuff in front of a live audience and our esteemed judges as they vie for the title of Community Favourite, Fan Favourite, and Judges' Favourite.

Support them as they dance the night away for this important cause.

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Meet the Dancers

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

Aisha Manji & Nicholas Half

Aisha Manji &
Nicholas Half

Carolyn & Heath Fletcher

Carolyn &
Heath Fletcher

Lauren & Mitchal Derksen

Lauren &
Mitchal Derksen

Mary-Ann & Victor Cummings

Mary-Ann Reid &
Victor Cumming

Michele Hill & Paul Sterritt

Michele Hill &
Paul Sterritt

Michelle & Rob Cesario

Michelle &
Rob Cesario

Richard Chippendale & Dave MacDonald

Richard Chippendale
& Dave MacDonald

Tamara & Clay Kayle

Tamara &
Clay Kayle

Meet the Coaches

Heather & Jens

Heather Stranks
& Jens Goerner

As the owner-operators of City Dance in Vernon, Jens and Heather bring their extensive knowledge of numerous dance forms to the floor. Both have been professionally trained in international and American dance and have close to 40 years of teaching experience between them.

Jens received his dance training in Germany and taught both social and competitive dancing. He has also trained new dance instructors.

Heather has a background as a figure skating coach and started her training with Jens almost a decade ago.

Today, Jens and Heather not only dance together, but they also share their love of dance with others by offering both group and private lessons that focus on proper technique and style, while keeping the learning experience fun.

Both are thrilled to be working with Dancing with the Vernon Stars again and are excited to see the competitors step up in support of Hospice.


Olivia Grayce

An accomplished dancer, choreographer, dance educator, and master’s degree graduate, Olivia is the director of SODANCE Vernon, which offers instruction in a variety of dance styles.

Olivia has not only performed leading roles in numerous productions throughout the region as well as nationally and internationally; she has worked with many of the choreographers from hit TV shows, So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars.

She counts her students as her proudest accomplishment. Many of them have won awards at various dance competitions around the world, including gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2017 Dance World Cup.

Tracy Kaye Holly

Tracy Kaye Holly

A past instructor with Dancing with the Vernon Stars, Tracy says she is happy to be back to help an important cause such as Hospice.

Tracy has a teaching degree in Ballroom and Latin dance and has had a successful career competing professionally around the world. She has many national and international championship titles in several categories, including International Standard and Latin, American Smooth and Rhythm, Theatre Arts, Cabaret, and Disco.

Tracy enjoys leading performance group routines that combine an eclectic array of choreographed moves. She can often be seen on the dance floor as the leader and instructor of the Okanagan’s very own Holly Bollywood dance troupe and also offers Hollywood DanceFit Classes as well as a men’s show dance group at City Dance studio.

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 or download the sponsorship package.

Thank you to our judges

Sean Ling-Allen
Sarah Podollan
Charlene O'Brien

Sponsorship Opportunities Dancing with the Vernon Stars 2019

Lake City Casinos

Sproing CreativeSunFMTambellini Design Studio


Nolan's Pharmasave Vernon Funeral Home & Pleasant Valley Funeral Home
Vernon Funeral Home
Pleasant Valley Funeral Home

New Horizon Productions


Alternatives Funeral ServicesDavidson LawyersDJ Haymaker

Paradigm Naturopathic MedicineSouthward Medical SuppliesSouthward Medical Supplies

Vernon LodgeWayside