BACOA's Dancing With the Barrington Stars Brings Fresh Fun to Local FUNdraising

Barrington Area Council on Aging
February 1, 2018

Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) hosted a sold-out crowd for their inaugural Dancing with the Barrington Stars on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at Stonegate Banquet & Conference Center.

A small committee of BACOA supporters pulled together a memorable evening that is sure to become a popular annual event for years to come!

Dancing With the Barrington Stars committee members: 

  • Annette Baird
  • Selinda Coon
  • Julie Joyce
  • Ross Morizzo
  • Janine O'Leary
  • Mary Pahlke

Crowds came out to support local amateurs who were paired with professional dancers coordinated by Deedee Johnson of Bataille Academie of the Danse

Professional dancers Deedee Johnson, Marcus Hardy, Julie Walter, Mitchell Haley, and Kelly McMahon

Competing Barrington 'Celebrity' Dancers were:

  • Karen Darch Village of Barrington President
  • John Morrison local Realtor with @Properties
  • David Nelson local businessman and former Village of Barrington Trustee, President, and Cuba Township Supervisor
  • Joe Sanchez Barrington High School Varsity Football Head Coach
  • Erin Shechtman former President of Barrington Junior Women's Club President and local entrepreneur

Bob Roig, a.k.a. Bob the DJ, performed as Master of Ceremonies spinning great commentary and witty rhetoric throughout the evening. Richard Ressquie, Board President of BACOA, welcomed everyone and explained many of the important programs the organization provides the community senior population and their caregivers. Barrington High School's Acapella Group 'X' performed before Special Guest Dancers Joyce Palmquist, Executive Director of BACOA and her husband Doug Saylor kicked off the dancing for the evening.

Doug Saylor and Joyce Palmquist performing the opening dance

Fundraising opportunities to support BACOA were held throughout the evening interspersed between dancers.  Two lively games of 'Heads or Tails' brought most of the crowd to their feet.  The raffle for a chance to win a beautiful diamond necklace donated generously by Long & Company Jewelers was also a crowd favorite. 

I served as a judge along with Sue Randall, Darby Hills, and Michelle Lovelace. We were commissioned with post-dance commentary. As each of the dance partnerships chose a wide range of music and technique, the commentary was fun! Always funny and quick on her feet, Sue Randall brought down the house with her comments after John Morrison's disco number. In platform shoes, John spun his partner Kelly McMahon on, above and across the floor! Sue even gave John a new nickname, 'JoMo'.

John Morrison and partner Kelly McMahon

Prior to the event, the public was allowed to support their favorite dancer online. Going into the night John Morrison had won the pre-event vote. His supporters arrived at the event in Morrison Dance Team t-shirts cheering enthusiastically though his performance.

Morrison Dance Team

Coach Joe Sanchez had friends, family and a number of Barrington Bronco football families on hand to cheer him on! Performing a salsa routine with Julie Walter, Joe did not appear to be a stranger to the dance floor. His fans made donations in his honor securing Joe the award for Fan Favorite.

Joe Sanchez and Julie Walter

Erin Shechtman had the tough task of opening the competition with partner Marcus Hardy. They performed a high-energy jitterbug including plenty of flawless lifts and throws! Erin secured the Judge's Choice Award.


Erin Shechtman and Marcus Hardy

Village of Barrington President Karen Darch and partner Mitchell Haley added refined elegance to the show by performing a beautiful slow waltz. In a long elegant navy evening gown and accessorized with plenty of bling, Karen glided elegantly across the floor reminiscent of a Disney princess. 


Karen Darch and Mitchell Haley

Always the showman, David Nelson performed a firey hot 1950's routine including the hand jive and some moves made popular in old Hollywood movies. Paired with partner Deedee Johnson, owner of Bataille Academie of the Danse - they rocked the dance floor!

Deedee Johnson and David Nelson

The energy and crowd enjoyment felt at the inaugural BACOA Dancing with the Barrington Stars has ensured there will be another one again next year!

Enjoy the album of photos from the event below:

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