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Dancing With Our Stars returns Sept. 8 in Carmel

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By Mark Ambrogi

Instructor Rob Jenkins and Julia Lowe rehearse for the competition. (Submitted photo)

Instructor Rob Jenkins and Julia Lowe rehearse for the competition. (Submitted photo)

Julia Lowe is enjoying her introduction to ballroom dancing for Dancing With Our Stars.

“I am loving it so far,” Lowe said. “I don’t think I’m the next Ginger Rogers, but we have been working very hard, and I think we will put on a good show.”

Dancing With Our Stars, presented by St.Vincent, will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at the 502 East Event Centre, Carmel. The fundraising event will benefit Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County.

“My dance coach, Rob Jenkins, has been very patient and has a great sense of humor,” Lowe said. “I have such respect for the Meals on Wheels organization and the great job they do in Hamilton County that I figured if I was going to look foolish, I might as well do it for a great cause.”

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School teacher Jennifer Lehmann has never done any partner dancing before, but said teacher Scott Shook has been fantastic help. Lehmann, a Noblesville resident, has four children who watched the video of mom dancing.

“My oldest daughter (Madeleine), who is 17, was hoping it was going to be like the TV show,” Lehman said. “She was hoping I get a movie star to dance with.”

Ballroom dancing is new to Carmel resident Brian Myers.

“Just wrapping my head around a new activity that I know nothing about and trying to not forget the routine is the toughest challenge,” Myers said.

Myers, president of Biddle Memorial Foundation, said his grandfather was an accomplished ballroom dancer.

“He also used to give lessons and danced into his 80s,” Myers said.

Myers said he was “compelled to help the cause due to my involvement in the Legacy Fund and my other philanthropic endeavors in Hamilton County.”

Matt Carr, a lawyer/partner with Quarles & Brady LLP, focuses his legal practice almost exclusively on nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations.

“I was motivated to assist the (Meals on Wheels) in its goals and objective of obtaining the necessary financial support to carry out its charitable purposes and mission,” said Carr, a Westfield resident.

Other dancers include Beth Boles, Zionsville (former Noblesville resident); Elliott Somers, Fishers; Ted Eads, Carmel; and Amy White, Fishers.

Individual tickets are $60 and include wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. A table of 10 costs $750. For more, visit wedoauctions.net/dancingwithourstars. The public can make donations to vote for their favorite dancers.


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