Thinking outside the box 

In 2014, Swinging with the Stars decided to introduce different dance genres to the dance floor.   

It proved to be a brilliant idea as we had been sticking to the ‘ballroom only’ dance genre since 2009. We took the cue from the popular television show Dancing with the Stars and figured why not?

Time to shake things up 

Hip hop, disco, charleston, paso doble, Viennese waltz and modern jazz wowed the crowd in the room. I will never forget Loyal Wooldridge and his husband Ian Roth’s standing ovation performance that night starting with a beautiful Viennese Waltz and morphing into Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ jazz routine.  The energy and feeling in the room was absolutely overwhelming for many and we were proud to embrace diversity at this event. 

Audience Choice Trophy was presented to Lonni Van Diest and instructor Carley Bailey. Judges Choice: Marion Henselwood and her instructor Chisa Glendenning and Most Pledges Raised was awarded to Julie and Wolf Krieg. 

 – Jan Woolsey, Swinging with the Stars Coordinator 2009-2017





Van Diest


Team Brix-Turanec

Dr. Christian Brix and Jessica Turanec

Campaign Manager

Jessica Turanec

Dance Instructors

Samantha Sambrielaz and Jaime Cuberos

2014 Photos

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2014 Sponsors & Supporters
  • Bayshore Home Health
  • First Memorial Funeral Services
  • Fraser Patridge Group – MacDonald Realty
  • Grant Thornton
  • Great West Life
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • RBC
  • Scotiabank
  • Dockside
  • Ramco Floor and Tile
  • Valley First
  • Dignity Memorial
  • EZ Rock 101.5
  • 99.9 Sun FM
  • AM1150
  • CHBC News
  • Capital News
  • The Daily Courier
  • Avalon Event Rentals
  • Bylands Garden Centre
  • Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
  • Edge Digital Media Production
  • Quantum Graphics & Consulting Ltd.
  • SW Audio Visual
  • Speedpro Signs Kelowna
  • Soul Inspirations Photography
  • Europa Salon and Spa
  • Total Eclips Salon and Spa
  • On the Spot Photobooth
  • Ten Fashions Bridal Boutique
  • Creative Spaces
  • Discover Wines
  • La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
  • TTM Events
  • UPS Store – Dilworth
  • Two Left Feet Shoe Co.
  • Aveda
  • Calona Costume
  • CoCo Boutique
  • DJ Backmix with Larry Gray
  • Lake City Casino
  • Sarah’s Sweets
  • The Trophy Den
  • Valley First
Organizing Committee
Judy Abel, Larry Gray, Sheri Hannah, Bruce Innes, Kathy Krasnov, Judy Riddell, Rose Sexsmith, Chris Smith, Ryan Tebbutt, Jan Woolsey
Retrospective Sponsors