Dancing with the Vernon Stars 2020

Important Announcement: June 30, 2020

Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, it is with regret that the North Okanagan Hospice Society (NOHS) announces the cancellation of its Annual Dancing with the Vernon Stars event which was originally scheduled for September 25, 2020. Please read the News Release HERE.

Join us at the 13th Annual Dancing With the Vernon Stars Gala and Auction!

Get ready to cheer on local dancers as they tango, two step and jive into our hearts at the 13th annual Dancing with the Vernon Stars.

Presented by Lake City Casinos Vernon, this year’s event will see dance teams stepping out on the Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre ballroom floor in support of Hospice House.

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.

Meet the Dancers

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

Macy Burke &
Jaron Chasca

Amber &
Luke Maygard

Anita Eilander &
David Hernandez

Jaki Beck &
Sonnet Force

Susanne Loewen
& Erik Olesen

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

Tracy has a teaching degree in Ballroom and Latin dance and has had a successful career competing professionally around the world. Since moving to Vernon in 2012, Tracy has become very active in the dance community. Her popularity began with Holly Bollywood Dance Troupe which led to working as a coach for Vernon Dancing with the Stars as well as the Vernon Recreation Centre and Maven Lane, teaching several kids classes including Tot Bee Bop, Move’ n’ Groove and Musical Theatre.

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 recently added Country and Latin line dancing to her repertoire, and currently teaches country line dancing at the Longhorn Pub. In 2019, Tracy began her own production company, ‘The Party Team’, which includes DJ Wizard and a whole lot of fun on the dance floor.

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.

Sponsorship Opportunities Dancing with the Vernon Stars 2020

Lake City Casinos


Nolan's PharmasaveTambellini Design Studio

New Horizon ProductionsVintage Origami


DJ HaymakerVernon Lodge