Dancing With The Easter Seals Stars 2018

The fourth annual Dancing With The Easter Seals Stars was a massive hit! We would like to thank all the dancers because they did an amazing job! We could not be more proud of all 8 individuals who worked tirelessly with us for two straight months. Thank you to our Emcee Steve Hinder, judges, sponsors and many volunteers who all helped make the event so special.

The Contestants…

A very big thank you to Brad Jones, Maria Ciarlandini, Michael Feherty, Sandra Ferri, Shannon Clark, Sheryl Thomas, Tony Van Bynen and Bruce Herridge. These wonderful people took time out of their busy schedules to fund-raise and promote the 2018 edition of Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars. It took two months of dedication and patience while they learned to dip, spin and kick ball-change. As a result, the show was outstanding and their dancing had everyone up on their feet cheering all night.

And the Winner is…

Our goal for this year was to push the contestants way beyond their limits. They all rose to the challenge, and then some! The evening was absolutely breath taking in the newly renovated Royal Venetian banquet hall. The evening had an unexpected turn of events when one of the contestants popped out her hip mid-dance. Luckily for her we had an expert martial arts trainer who knew exactly how to tackle the situation and popped her hip right back in place. In a feat of perseverance and determination, Shannon went back on the dance floor and completed her Quickstep routine with Patrick. She qualified for the top three but unfortunately was not able to dance in the final due to her injury. Shannon went on to win the “People’s Choice” award. The grand prize went to Michael Feherty who accepted his award with his adorable son by his side. On a serious note, the real winners are the Easter Seals Children.


Why this event is so important…

Easter Seals own and operate two fully accessible summer camps and offer children and youth 10-day summer camp experiences. Their camping programs give kids the opportunity to stay away from home and experience a wide range of fully accessible activities, such as a high ropes course, indoor climbing wall, sailing, kayaking, white-water rafting and so much more. Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars raises funds that help send kids to camp! Camp for Easter Seals’ kids is so essential for letting kids just be kids.

Artistica is honored to sponsor this event year after year. We love sharing the power of dance and it’s ability to move people from their toes to their hearts.


Thank you Easter Seals and everything you do for kids with disabilities.



Dancing with the Easter Seals Stars Aurora / Newmarket – Thursday October 10th 2019 @ Royal Venetian in Aurora