Students, faculty prepare to raise money in unique way

The Right Moves

Dancing with the QU Stars contestants Professor David Tomczyk and Erin Brussell compete in 2015. The Quinnipiac Ballroom Society's biggest event of the year, Dancing with the QU Stars, offers students the opportunity to see their professors and Quinnipiac staff compete in a ballroom dancing competition while raising money to fight Cystic Fibrosis.

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ophisticated tuxedos, elegant gowns and ballroom dancing will transform Burt Kahn Court into the 6th Annual Dancing with the Quinnipiac Stars on Friday night. After weeks of practice, seven dance teams will perform, gliding and spinning across the floor, just like on the popular ABC television show.

Each couple is composed of a Quinnipiac Ballroom Society student member and a Quinnipiac faculty or staff member. The teams will compete for several awards, including the coveted “mirror ball” trophy.

Preliminary festivities begin at 7:30, followed by the ballroom dance routines, judging and the awards presentation. General admission tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. You can reserve a seat or a table by emailing  anastasia.epitropou@quinnipiac.edu at the ticket tables in the Carl Hansen Student Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.

The advisers to the Quinnipiac Ballroom Society –– math professor Stanley “The Stats Man” Rothman and his wife, Tara –– will perform a showcase number. This year’s dance pairings include:

  • Professor Salvador Bondoc, chair of occupational therapy, and Allison Parker, an occupational therapy major
  • Occupational therapy professor Dennis Aptaker and Erin Brussell, a physical therapy major
  • Occupational therapy professor Erica Defrancesco and Alex Diaz, a molecular and cell biology major
  • Occupational therapy professor Donna Latella and Henry Perez, an industrial engineering major
  • Biological sciences professor Joseph Woods and Maddie Wu, an athletic training and physical therapy major
  • Mark Tortora, associate director of education abroad, and Alice Valley, a history major
  • Andrea Hogan, the director of global education, and Alex Diaz, a molecular and cell biology major