9th Annual Hospice PEI Dancing with the Stars
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Tickets are $100 per ticket with a $45 dollar tax receipt. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling Ellen at 902-368-4498.
This October Hospice PEI will host our 9th Annual Dancing with the Stars event at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown. In 2019 our Dancing with the Stars contestants raised over $55,000 to support Islanders and their families living with a life-limiting illness. Last year our Stars generously donated their time and energy, and the result was a breathtaking show enjoyed by all. We are so excited to see what this years batch of Stars will bring to the dance floor!
Hospice PEI Dancing with the Stars fundraising event is a fun filled night packed with music and dancing. PEI Stars are paired with local professional dancers to show us their best moves! Various genres of dance will be highlighted throughout the night with 2 awards being given out, Judge’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award.
Judge’s Choice Award: Awarded to the dance pair who the judge’s decide was the best performance.
People’s Choice Award: Awarded to the dance pair who receive the most amount of “votes” from the public.
For each $1 donation you make to Hospice PEI, you receive 1 vote for your favorite dance pair.
Ensuring Your Safety
Our guest’s safety at the 9th annual Dancing with the Stars is our number one priority. To ensure your safety we are following CPHO guidelines with cohorts of 100 comprised of tables of 8. Tickets can be purchased individually or in groups – groups smaller than 8 will be seated with other smaller group sizes to fill tables of 8. Guests will be contacted a week before the event to notify them on which cohort they are assigned and their assigned entrance – there will be no entrance through the Delta Hotel. Each guest will be safely seated unless they are to get a beverage at the bar located in their cohort. As of Wednesday September 15th, masks are now required in indoor spaces.
Guests will not be permitted if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or are subject to isolation at the time of the event. Hospice PEI and the Delta Prince Edward will be following all CPHO regulations and recommendations regarding Covid-19.
Meet the Contestants
Peter Bevan Baker
Paired with Susan Lessard from Ballroom Barn
Peter grew up in the Highlands of Scotland whereas a wee boy back in the mists of time when he was more coordinated and less inflexible, he learned Scottish Country Dancing. None of that dancing heritage will be on display as he stumbles and staggers his way around the dance floor in 2020.
Aside from his illustrious dancing pedigree, Peter studied music, became a dentist, and finally in May 2015, after two and a half decades of political futility, he was elected as the first Green Party member of the PEI Provincial Legislature. He now leads the Official Opposition and occasionally dreams of dancing rhetorical rings around his fellow Legislators.
Peter is delighted to be a part of this year’s Dancing With The Stars and wishes to thank (and pre-emptively apologies to) his partner, Susan Lessard for whatever befalls us.
paired with Jack Lessard from Ballroom Barn
Melanie Taylor is a proud Mom of 3 daughters, 2 sons, and “Grammy” to 3 beautiful granddaughters. She was also the founder and co-owner of Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River and is currently the Communications Coordinator with the Early Childhood Development Association. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys running, fitness, attempting to learn new instruments like fiddle, bagpipes and accordion, singing and playing guitar and enjoying life with friends and family. While the only formal dance lessons she ever had were in Highland Dance while growing up in Cape Breton, she learned to jive somewhere along the way and never misses a chance to get out on the dance floor!
However, those opportunities don’t come along often enough for a woman with so much music in her bones, so she’s very excited for this chance to dance with a formal instructor and learn some new moves, all while raising funds for a wonderful cause!
paired with Jordi Segers from DownStreet Dance Studio
You know that rare person that simply radiates energy and lifts spirits wherever they go? Say hello to Marsha Doiron. Everywhere she goes, Marsha emanates boundless positivity, makes genuine connections with people, and seeks to help them unleash their own extraordinariness.
As a trainer and consultant specializing in tourism, Marsha is passionately committed to helping operators reach new heights and adopt a mindset that will ensure long-term business success.
Obsessed (in a good way!) with tourism and creating exceptional customer experiences, Marsha has devoted her career to leadership roles in the hospitality and tourism industry. During the past three decades, she has led marketing, sales, and product development teams at several tourism-based companies and served on numerous tourism industry boards.
From 2012 to 2019, Marsha served as Vice President of Product Development and Marketing at Coach Atlantic Group/Prince Edward Tours. During this time she played a vital role in the growth of Prince Edward Tours thanks to her focus on enhancing the customer experience.
Naturally people-focused and dedicated to making every day better than the one before, Marsha applies her incredible drive and talents to every pursuit she undertakes. Through her new consulting firm, Level Up, Marsha’s mission with every client is to help them discover the untapped potential in themselves and their businesses.
Marsha holds a Masters in Business Administration and has taken many leadership courses, including the Dale Carnegie Program and Customer Experience Leadership Training with the Disney Institute.
When she’s not levelling up tourism businesses, Marsha loves spending time with her husband, Adam, and her three children. She and can often be found getting creative in the kitchen, boating with her family, spontaneous road trips or travelling the globe!
paired with Choreographer Dawson MacIssac
Amila Topic is the owner of Kinetic Fitness in Charlottetown, where she works as a personal trainer, pregnancy and postpartum Athleticism coach, and group fitness coach.
As a busy Mom of two, Amila understands what a busy lifestyle looks like and is eager to rid clients of the excuse of “not having the time to work out” by offering the most time-efficient and effective workouts available in PEI.
With her childhood dance background, and her continued love of dance, Amila is extremely excited to pull out all the dance moves for the 2021 Dancing with the Stars alongside her dance partner, Dawson Macisaac. They are both eager to raise some money for Hospice PEI (and entertain you a little bit along the way!).
paired with Megan Connors from Dance Virtuosa
Cameron has been training as a powerlifter for 7 years, most recently competing in the 2019 Eastern Canadian Powerlifting Championship! He is currently looking forward to his first meet since the COVID-19 pandemic began, which will take place this June.
In 2018, Cameron began snow-shoe training, and after one practice, he won three gold medals at Regionals. This success landed him a spot on Team PEI for the National Special Olympic Games, where Cameron won Gold and Bronze medals in the 2020 games in Thunder Bay!
A man of many talents, Cameron is a model and has walked the runway at Atlantic Fashion Week in Halifax for two years in a row. On top of this, he has recently taken up mixed martial arts, and is an aspiring actor who will be pursuing acting opportunities once travel is safe to do once again.
Cameron is no newbie to dancing. In fact, he has been dancing for 7 years with Dance Virtuosa studying primarily hip hop, but also breakdance, ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap! Cameron even spent time studying at the School of Performing Arts at Holland College for one year, majoring in ballet and jazz. He is going to be a strong contender for Dancing With The Stars’ top prize and is ready to give the other dancers a run for their money.
When originally approached to join Hospice PEI’s Dancing With The Stars as a Star contestant, Cameron replied “Yes! Yes! Yes!” With his contagious energy, and many years’ experience dancing, we are excited he has agreed to join this year’s event!
paired with Lyndsey Paynter from Arial Warehouse
Cameron MacDonald wishes he had grown up in the Highlands of Scotland learning Scottish Country Dancing, but instead has been living on Prince Edward Island his whole life and has somehow avoided learning to dance entirely. He is dedicated to telling the stories of PEI past and present and he hopes to make you laugh while doing so. He’s been a member of The Popalopalots Improv comedy troupe since it began, has performed in many local theatre shows with his father of Annekenstein fame. He has also been performing and leading historic walking tours and the popular Ghost Walk with the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Most of all, Cameron loves this Island and showing it off, through storytelling or as a tour guide.
Cameron is thrilled to be given the chance to embarrass himself in front of a new audience, as his dancing skills are limited. At least he performs improv so he’s used to failure. Maybe by the time of the performance he’ll be able to say otherwise, yet somehow he fears his words won’t be able to save him in this experience. Nonetheless, it will be a good story and he will help raise much needed funds for Hospice PEI! Best of luck to my dance partner Lyndsey!
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