Dordt College News

Lights, camera, action: It’s time for “Dea-ncing with the Stars”

February 3, 2011

Six Sioux County “celebrities” will put on their dancing shoes to compete in “Dea-ncing with the Stars.” At 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, these six will take to the stage of the B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center on the Dordt College campus. But this group of dancers won’t be competing for a mirror ball trophy. They’ll be dancing to save a life.

Dea Lieu is a recent Dordt graduate who heads an agriculture mission in Ivory Coast. He helped set up a demonstration farm and training center in Ivory Coast in 1987 which helped hundreds of farmers learn new farming and business skills and learn the Good News of Jesus.

Everything stopped in 2002 when, during a civil war, rebels looted and destroyed the entire farm. It was after this destruction that Lieu decided to come to Dordt College to earn his degree in missions and agriculture. His ministry in Ivory Coast continued after college, where he and a group of other Christians rebuilt the farm. Recently, Lieu learned that he has kidney failure. As he waits a kidney transplant, he is on dialysis in the U.S.

To help raise awareness of his need and to help pay for medical expenses, these contestants are willing to shimmy and shake in front of a live audience. (Admission is $5 at the door.) Watch as the contestants show off the skills (or lack of skills) they’ve acquired after two short weeks of practice with their dancing partners. This gala event will feature behind the scenes footage of rehearsals, backstage interviews, and glimpses of last minute practices.

The contestants include men and women from throughout Siouxland:

• Monica Aalbers is a physical therapist and the owner of Orange City Physical Therapy.
• Nicole Baart is a stay-at-home mom and the author of four novels and co-founder of One Body One Hope, a nonprofit organization that works alongside an orphanage and church in Monrovia, Liberia.
• Pastor Verlyn Boone is the pastor of First Reformed Church in Hull.
• Amy Doppenberg is a registered nurse for Sanford Medical Center in Sheldon and a nurse educator in Sheldon High School and Northwest Iowa Community College.
• Cesar Gomez is a sophomore at Dordt College who comes from Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
• Ric Kooistra works with Hope Haven International Ministries in Rock Valley.

The dancing partners come from Robin’s School of Dance and include Jonny Grotenhuis, Amanda Hulstein, Mel Knobloch, Lee Stover, Loken Vande Vegte, and Ashley Wood.

Audience members will be asked to use their cell phones to cast their vote for the best dance team. The teams will be judged by a three-person panel consisting of FAMiLY LEADER president and CEO Bob Vander Plaats, Robin’s School of Dance owner Robin Van Es, and Iowa Information Incorporated of Sheldon staff writer Kiley Seligman.

The emcee for the evening, KCAU News Anchor Jenna Rehnstrom, was a recent winner of another “Dancing with the Stars” competition. This event is open to the public.

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