The popular “Dancing with the Local Stars” benefit show is back and promises a fun evening at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1, Friday, May 7 beginning at 7 p.m. Eight local celebrities have been working up their routines with the help of Swing & Sway Dancing of Rockland. Instructors Christian Clayton, Kathryn Vaughn, Bruce Olson and Alysa Jackson have been putting their “stars” through their paces and if last year’s show is any indication, it will be an exciting night.

This year’s dancers include Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley, Camden National Bank Vice President Jane Dagley, YMCA Executive Director Troy Curtis, HAV II owner Caroline Morong, Samoset Resort General Manager Connie Russell, Graffam Brothers Seafood owner Kim Graffam, Republican State Sen. Chris Rector and Democratic State Rep. Joan Welsh. All will be transported to the Camden Opera House in style via limousine service donated by All Aboard Trolley & Limousine of Rockland.

Numbers will range from a selection from the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack to “Play That Funky Music White Boy.” In addition to performances by the eight local stars, the event also include special numbers by professional dancers and dance troupes including The Step in Time Cloggers, Katie Thompson’s Hip Hop Fusion, Rockport Dance Conservatory, Korinn Scattoloni’s Zumba Fitness Group, Shalimar’s Studio of Oriental Dance, People to People Dance Center and Atlantic Ballet Company. Swing & Sway Dancing co-owner and instructor Christian Clayton will dance with fellow professional dancer Kea Tesseyman of Rockport Dance Conservatory, and The Community School students will put on their own special performance. Master of Ceremonies Terry Brégy will entertain the audience between acts, and refreshments will be available during intermission.

The second annual “Dancing with Local Stars” benefits The Community School in Camden, Maine’s oldest alternative high school, which has helped hundreds of Maine teens realize their dream of graduating with a high school diploma. This year’s event sponsors are Richard and Barbara Russo, VillageSoup, Tom and Joan Sabatino and Ask for Home Care.

Tickets are $20, $10 for children younger than 12, available at HAV II, High Mountain Hall and The Owl and Turtle in Camden; The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland; or by calling The Community School at 236-3000.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to