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Dance contest brings out local luminaries
This annual event helps fund local scholarships.

Who are our area’s dancing queens and kings?

Find out Oct. 27 at Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars, the annual scholarship fundraiser based on the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. The Kalamazoo competition pairs notable locals with Western Michigan University dance students to perform ballroom-style dances for a panel of celebrity judges and an audience.

This year’s celebrity competitors include YWCA Kalamazoo CEO Grace Lubwama, WMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Bott and Air Zoo President and CEO Troy Thrash.

The event at Miller Auditorium includes hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the dance program begins at 8:15. Tickets are $85 per person ($50 of which is tax-deductible) and available for purchase online at