2021 Stepping Out for Education

Save the Date!

Stepping Out for Education will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021
6 pm – till around 9:30 pm
In the West Exhibit Hall of the RP Funding Center

Dancers are being secured and sponsorship and ticket information will be available soon.

Please scroll down to see a recap and pictures from our 2018 and 2019 events.

2019 Stepping Out for Education

Congratulations and thank you to all the celebrity dancers for another successful event!  With the help of professional coaches, each couple learned a dance to perform in front of event guests.  Each was critiqued by three judges who determined the dance competition winners.  Two additional awards were given, one to the couple voted “favorite” by the audience and the other for the couple who raised the most $1 votes.

Group photo from the 2019 Stepping Out for Education
Photo of Nate and Chelsey Cruz, who performed a Rhythm Medley
Photo of Gary & Jessica Solano, who performed a Salsa
Jason & Melissa Ash, who performed the American & Argentine Tango
Photo of Jonathan & Ashley Link, who performed the Cha Cha, Freestyle, and Hip Hop

The 2019 Stepping Out for Education champions were Nate and Chelsey Cruz, who performed a Rhythm Medley.

Second place –  Jason & Melissa Ash, who performed the American & Argentine Tango

Third place –  Gary & Jessica Solano, who performed a Salsa

Audience Favorite – Jonathan & Ashley Link, who performed the Cha Cha, Freestyle, and Hip Hop

People’s Choice Award – Jonathan & Ashley Link ($23,000!)

Other dances performed were by:
Drs. Douglas Gagnon & Carys Felton, who performed the Country Western two-step and

David & Shelly Braswell, who performed the Hustle and Nightclub two-step

2018 Stepping Out for Education

***Thank you to our celebrity couples, who worked so hard to help raise a gross total of $102,800!  Funds will be used to support our AmeriCorps Polk Reads program and other programs and services where needed.  Will and Andrea Link raised $23,851 earning them the People’s Choice Award for the couple who raised the most money.  Cauney Bamberg and Vince Gonzalez came in first place in the dance competition, Cyndi Jantomaso and Nelson Zenteno were second and Zac and Florrie Kluytenaar third.  Cauney and Vince also earned the Audience Favorite Award voted on by those who attended that night.

Group Photo Of all dance Contestants