Enfield's second 'Dancing with the Town' is a hit

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Feb. 13, 2014
Enfield Town Manager Matt Coppler danced the Foxtrot with professional dancer Linda Gergye. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Enfield Town Manager Matt Coppler danced the Foxtrot with professional dancer Linda Gergye. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The auditorium at Fermi High School was buzzing with energy on Saturday, Feb. 8, as the second annual “Dancing with the Town” got underway.

This year there were nine local celebrities that danced in support of the fundraiser, accompanied by professional dancers from Ballroom Fever on Enfield Street.

The event’s emcee, Mayor Scott Kaupin, welcomed the audience and introduced each of the dancers. The first celebrity to hit the stage was Sheila Peruta and her dance partner, Vlad Astafiev. They performed a combination of the Tango and the Cha-Cha. “I am thrilled to help the DSS out with their cause,” said Peruta.

Next on stage was Enfield Town Manager Matt Coppler. When asked backstage what type of dance he was going to be performing, he replied with a big smile, “I don’t know what I am going to be doing, but I know my partner, Linda Gergye, is going to be doing the Foxtrot.”

Eileen Michaels is a former Enfield teacher of 32 years. She and her partner, Matt Fortuna, did a swing dance to “Johnny Be Good.” “I am here to represent the seniors,” said Michaels, who is 69.

Another swing dance was performed by Remax realtor Kathleen Sarno and her partner, Rob McGurn. Before the dance, Sarno commented, “I have no past dancing experience. I’m feeling good but a bit nervous.” Former Board of Education member Kevin Fealy, Jr., and his professional dancer, Diana Malek, danced the Tango.

The secretary to the town manager, Maya Matthews, and partner Matt Fortuna did a different type of dance. It was a mixture of the Rumba, Foxtrot and the Cha-Cha. Matthews is known as “the face of Enfield” according to Kaupin, and is the anchor for several local Enfield cable shows.

Director of Human Resources Steve Bielenda took on the role of Danny Zuko from the movie “Grease,” as his dance partner Linda Gergye dressed the part of Sandy. Everyone in the auditorium knew what to expect when the music to “Greased Lightning” began to play. This was a big hit with the audience.

Joyce Bolanos and her partner Rob McGurn danced the Salsa. The Peru native seemed to do the dance effortlessly and the crowd loved what they saw.

The final contestant of the evening was Enfield Police Captain Jeff Golden, along with partner Gina Rosati. When the Bollywood dance was over, judge Cindy Mangini stated, “I would not want to be a criminal in Enfield. Those moves were phenomenal.” It was clear that the other judges agreed, as did the audience. The majority of the judges awarded them a score of 10.

Golden won first place, Matthews took second, and Bielenda came in third.

The judges for the competition were: Enfield Town Council member Cindy Mangini (R); the owner of David Potter Dance Studio, David Potter; the owner of Rich’s Oil Service, Rich Tkacz; state Rep. David Kiner (D-59); the owner of Keating Real Estate, Joyce Keating; Enfield Town Council member Carol Hall (R); and avid recreational dancer Kathy Krar. In addition to the judges casting their votes, the audience was given a chance to cast votes for the winner as well, using a ticket process.

The Department of Social Services hosted the event with the help of Chris Casey Concepts. The proceeds benefited the many projects that the DSS handles.

For more information on DSS, visit enfield-ct.gov/socialservices.

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