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Boise's Dancing with the Stars

Saturday, May 12


Ten local celebrities will be shaking what their mamas gave them in a dance-off fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Idaho Saturday, May 12. Zoolander it's not, but a local take on the inexplicably popular television show Dancing with the Stars it is.

Boise Weekly Publisher Sally Freeman is one of the local celebrities who will be putting her newly acquired dancing skills to work (thanks to hours and hours of practice under the tutelage of her partner, Dance King and Foxtrot Slayer Joel Hunter from Heirloom Dance Studio). We don't want to ruin the surprise here, but we'll characterize their routines as Birdcage meets Elvis and collides with a set of steps that are more Dixieland than disco. In other words, it's not exactly the kind of thing you're going to see Ashly DelGrosso Costa busting out on national television. DelGrosso Costa, who spent five seasons as partner to celebrities like dreamboat NKOTBer Joey McIntyre and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, is one of the judges for this weekend's throwdown, as are Boise Mayor Dave Bieter (who we think should have been a competitor, just sayin'), KTVB news anchor Mark Johnson and CBH Homes Vice President Ronda Conger.

Competitors include CBH Homes owners Corey and Sheila Barton (who, we assume, won't be getting any special treatment from their judging colleague, just sayin'), Boise City Council Member TJ Thomson, former state Rep. Brian Cronin, Channel 6 news anchor Michelle Edmonds, 103.3 KISS FM's DJ Nathan Fast, Miss Idaho USA Erna Palic, Garden City Mayor John Evans, Olympic gold medalist Melanie Simboli and lottery winner Brad Duke (yep, the dude who won one of the largest jackpots in history).

A ticket not only gets you a seat to watch the competitors strut their stuff, but dinner, drinks and a shot at some sweet silent auction items.