Coming up: The Stars of NY Dance, Nov. 18

November 8, 2011 7:50:16 AM PST
Can six New York City community leaders feel the rhythm? On Nov. 18, it's time to find out.That's when the 2nd annual edition of the "The Stars of New York Dance" will take place at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn at 7 p.m.

For the cause of raising scholarship funds for children of low-income communities in the city, contestants will show off their moves -- after three weeks of rigorous training -- on the dance floor in a judged competition inspired popular Dancing With The Stars show (as seen on ABC7).

The event will be hosted by Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence magazine and founder the National CARES Mentoring Movement; and political anchor Errol Louis. Taylor will be homonored during the event a special salute that will include performances by eight-time ASCAP Award-winning R&B singer Gordon Chambers and the Esthers of Dance dance ministry team of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The contestants will be paired up with six professional dance artists who will vie for a $5,000 dance scholarship for their particular dance organization. The competitors are as follows...

  • Rev. Lawrence E. Aker, III, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, will dance with Dr. Melissa Vaughan of Professional Center for the Arts Inc.
  • Sheila Elaine Anderson, on-air host at WBGO 88.3FM and author, is partnered with Jerome Warren of Balance Dance Theater
  • Community leader Teresa "Teri" Coaxum will dance with Dallas McMurray of Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Robert E. Cornegy Jr., state committeeman/district leader of the 56th Assembly District, will be partnered with Karen Thornton-Daniels of Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Youth Arts Academy
  • Laurie A. Cumbo, founder and executive director of the MoCADA Museum in Fort Greene, will dance with Jamel Gaines of Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn
  • Rev. Frederick C. Ennette, pastor at Bedford Central Presbyterian Church in Crown Heights, will be partnered with Zakiya Harris of Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater
The event begins at 5:30pm with a VIP cocktail reception. The theather is located at One University Plaza in Brooklyn. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP seating and the cocktail reception. Tickets may be purchased at

Checks can also be made payable to "The Stars ofNew York Dance" and mailed to P.O. Box 170511, Times Plaza Station, Brooklyn, NY 112117. The event is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of "The Stars of New York Dance" may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.