Lisa Stephenson from the 9th Annual Swinging with the Stars coined this word to describe her mixed emotions as we headed towards the big night. She was nervous but also excited to perform. It seems perfect and it’s now part of my vocabulary.

Deep Breaths Required 

The dancers from past, present and future all go through a rollercoaster of emotions. It was usually in the 7 days before the big show that I would hear how nervous everyone was. Dress rehearsal helped calm the jitters and once the big night arrived, the dancers were ready. Over the years, more than a few have described that night as one of the best nights of their lives, icing on the cake, bucket list item and for some ‘life changing’.

We Love our Judges and Instructors 

We’ve been lucky to have many judges volunteer their time to be part of this event. Mayors; City councillors; major sponsors of the event; comedians; and, of course major players in our dance community to provide their knowledge on the technical side of the competition. 

Just like the amazing dance instructors who give so much of their talent to our dancers, we literally would not have a show without these people. 

As the event grew, the dance standards seem to grow too, and the 8th Annual provided one of the best shows to date. Nobody will ever forget the Rishi/Solano family dancing up a storm in the ballroom winning Audience Choice and Most Pledges Raised trophy.  

Another great memory is the Uptown Street Funk routine choreographed by Jennifer Large and performed by the team of Steve Bennett, Lindsay Cousins, Scott Dedels, Jill Hayes, Brenda Lyall, Debbie MacMillan and Phred Martin. They won Judges Choice and I’m sure Bruno Mars would have been proud! 

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







Team Balic

Dawn Balic

Campaign Manager

Lesley Brydon

Dance Instructor

Jaime Cuberos & Samantha Sambrielaz


Dawn Balic

2016 Photos

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2016 Sponsors & Supporters
  • Jane Hoffman Realty, Coldwell Banker
  • Bayshore Home Health
  • Smalls Tile & Flooring
  • Bonne Belle Photography
  • De Pieri Clinic
  • Dignity Memorial
  • Great West Life
  • Okanagan Chrysler Jeep Dodge
  • Westwood Fine Cabinetry
  • Canadian School of Ballet
  • Okanagan Photostar Five Star Photo Booth Rentals
  • Dance Essentials
  • Voyager RV
  • La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
  • Ramco Floor and Tile
  • Castanet
  • Bell Media
  • Shaw Communication
  • Capital News
  • Daily Courier
  • Bylands Garden Centre
  • Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
  • Avalon Event Rentals
  • Speedpro Signs Kelowna
  • TTM Events
  • Edge Digital Media Production
  • Quantum Graphics & Consulting Ltd.
  • SW Audio Visual
  • Vibrant Vines
  • Bliss Bridal Boutique
  • Chair Flair Kelowna
  • Creative Spaces
  • Knight’s Fine Chocolates
  • Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate
  • Sherry’s Grand Apparel
  • UPS Store – Dilworth
  • Loyal Hair Therapy
  • Europa Salon and Spa
Organizing Committee
Judy Abel, Carley Bailey, Ashley Dumas, Larry Gray, Sheri Hannah, Bruce Innes, Kathy Krasnov, Deb Ledwon, Judy Riddell, Rose Sexsmith, Ryan Tebbutt, Jan Woolsey
Retrospective Sponsors