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Surrey dancers excel at special stars event

Debbie Hansen and David Gerding were presented the “Mirror Ball Trophy” in front of a near sold-out audience at the 5th Annual Dancing for Special Stars event held at the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on Oct. 15, according to Special Olympics North Dakota.

Hansen, an elementary principal, and Gerding, a high school principal, are both with Surrey Public School. The runner-up honors went to Rick Beall and Macy Christianson.

Ten couples participated in the event, which raised money to support programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics North Dakota. The event paired local celebrities and dance instructors in a contest patterned after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program.

Other participating dancers included Dan Conn, Ashlee Deschamp, Abby Harris, Josh Kitzman, Dani Reichenberger, Sam Skinner, Cameron Stone, and Alan Walter. Instructors included Breanna Benjamin, Jared Daniels, Matt Fairfield, Aubrey Gayzur, Brittany Knickerbocker, Reginald Lassiter, Rachel Maxfield and Reagan Slind.

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