Winners announced at “Klompen with the Stars”

ORANGE CITY – Orange City’s Klompen with the Stars was a “huge success,” according to producer Vern Eekhoff and Orange City Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek. It brought six duos to the stage of the packed Northwestern College Chapel Saturday, March 21 for a northwest Iowa version of Dancing with the Stars.

The judges and the crowd together selected the winning teams. The winning duo was Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua; runners-up were Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg. Of the almost 500 attendees, 403 people cast votes, via cell phone or paper ballots.

Other dancing teams were Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese, Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton, Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover, and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach (pictured above).

The event also featured emcees ABC’s Jenna Rehnstrom and Life 96.5’s Lauren Banik; judges Luanne Christensen, Dan Sikkema, Rebecca Donahue and Jim Schaap; and professional dancers Gordon and Kate Bratt of Mill City Ballroom, St. Paul. IMG_4844 KLOMPEN Kate & Gordon Bratt(right) Show producer was Vern Eekhoff, and committee members were Olga Alvarado, Mark Volkers and Janine Calsbeek. Tech crews were students and staff from Orange City, Sioux Center, Northwestern College and Dordt College.

The event, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, raised funds for a new mural in downtown Orange City, the summer Wednesday night outdoor series Onstage Orange City and Ballet Quad Cities presenting The Nutcracker Dec. 19. “It was a great community-building event,” said Calsbeek, “and it makes many other things possible — terrific arts events — in 2015.”

Corporate sponsors of Klompen with the Stars were Diamond Vogel Paint, Orange City Area Health System and Northwestern Bank. Additional sponsors were Cardinal Therapeutic Massage, Hair Clinic, Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, Northwestern College, Old Factory Coffee Shop, Bella Ruse, State Farm, Celebration Media Services and Woudstra Meat Market.

IMG_3356PHOTO above: Leah Hayungs presents her mom Lori with flowers and a hug following the announcement of the winners of Klompen with the Stars in Orange City Saturday, March 21. Pictured are the dancers (left to right) Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach; Sarah Wittenberg and Dan McCarty (runners-up); Yesenia Cazares; emcee Jenna Rehnstrom of KCAU-TV; Yesenia’s dance partner, Lee Stover; Leah and Lori Hayungs, and Lori’s dance partner Thai Hua; backstage emcee Lauren Banik of Life 96.5 Radio; Valerie Heaton and Jason Alons; and Marissa Wiese and Jonny Craig. The event was a fundraiser for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects — a mural, Onstage OC summer shows in the park, and The Nutcracker, to be performed by Ballet Quad Cities.

PHOTO below: No wooden shoes clomped at this Orange City event, there were just six crowd-pleasing dances, and funds raised for the Orange City Arts Council’s upcoming projects. The competing dance teams March 21 were (left to right) Jonny Craig and Marissa Wiese; Jason Alons and Valerie Heaton; Dan McCarty and Sarah Wittenberg — runners-up; Yesenia Cazares and Lee Stover; Lori Hayungs and Thai Hua — first place winners; and Ali Achterhof and Jake Auerbach. (Photo courtesy of Doug Calsbeek, Sioux County Capital-Democrat)

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