Charlotte Ballet's Dancing With the Stars Gala Supports Local Charities

Y Readers’ students are getting a leg up on literacy with help from a dynamic dancing duo.

Most people are familiar with the TV hit "Dancing With the Stars," but did you know that Charlotte has its very own Dancing With the Stars? On March 4, Charlotte Ballet Dancers and Charlotte business men and women compete in the fifth-annual Dancing With the Stars of Charlotte Gala at the Knight Theater. The event benefits multiple charities throughout Charlotte. The dynamic dancing duo of Judy Wishnek, commercial market executive at Capital Bank, and Charlotte Ballet’s Josh Hall are dancing to support the YMCA Charlotte Y Readers program and Charlotte Ballet.

“I am a banker not a dancer,” says Wishnek, wife and mother of three. “I’ve danced in front of a crowd only once — on my wedding day! But it will all be worthwhile if we can expand the Y Readers program to support more children who are currently reading below grade level.”

Founded in Charlotte in 1999, Y Readers is a nationally recognized program that supports students in kindergarten-grade 3 at 10 elementary schools by providing afterschool programs and a six-week summer reading camp. Wishnek and Hall take the stage with five other Charlotte Ballet pro-am pairs vying for the most votes via donations and tickets. $1 equals one vote with proceeds benefiting each team's designated charity. 

Vote online for Wishnek and Hall (or any other pair of dancers, including Sonja Gantt and James Kopecky who are dancing for the CMS Foundation). You can also buy tickets for the March 4 gala online. Book a babysitter and make it a fun date night that helps support worthy local organizations and the arts in Charlotte.