Friday night, April 27, eight Midcoast celebrities will take to the stage of the Camden Opera House to show off their best dance moves in support of the Community Schools at Opportunity Farm and Camden during the fourth annual “Dancing with the Local Stars” benefit performance.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the local luminaries, paired with instructors from Swing & Sway Dancing and Kinetic Energy Alive, will swing, hustle, tango, hip hop, salsa, foxtrot and cha cha their way into the hearts of audience members, all while supporting the students of the Community Schools. Seating is general admission.

This year’s star lineup features Maine Warden Service Chaplain and bestselling author Kate Braestrup; Down East chairman Allen Fernald; SOMA Pilates instructor Marianne Forti; Camden Police Officer Brook Hartshorn; 40 Paper owner and executive chef Josh Hixson; Rockland Fire Chief Charlie Jordan; Camden EMS Chief Julia Libby; and Maine State Library’s Jamie Ritter.

All have been busy rehearsing their dance numbers with the professional dance instructors. The dance pairs will be joined by five local dance troupes who will round out the evening with tap, hip hop, ballet, Zumba, belly dance and more.

Tickets are $25, $10 for children younger than 13, and are available in advance at the Grasshopper Shop in Rockland; and, in Camden, Camden National Bank, the Camden Town Office; HAV II and The Community School. Tickets also are available online at For more information, call 236-3000.

“Dancing with Local Stars” is generously sponsored by Camden Real Estate Company, Duffy Anderson, Echo Farms Properties, Investment Management & Consulting Group, Richard and Barbara Russo, Richard and Mary Jane Schotte and Maine Magazine.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or