Northland Celebrities Display Fancy Footwork

By KBJR News 1

February 11, 2011 Updated Feb 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - 12 Northland celebrities took to the stage Thursday night in a friendly competition for a good cause.

Partnering up with professional dancers, they danced the night away during the Minnesota Ballet's 5th Annual Celebrity Dance Challenge, held at the Marshall School on Rice Lake Road. The event is the Ballet's biggest fundraiser of the year.

From a Rumba dance to Tango to everything in between, the couples displayed their fancy footwork. Four weeks of hard practice came down to one big night.

The Northland's NewsCenter's Kevin Jacobsen and his dance partner, Carrie Wanamaker, took home the award for "most enthusiastic." The two performed a two-step to the tune of "Fine Romance" by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Here are the 2011 Winners:

Popular Choice—Aga Bednarz
M.D., St. Luke’s Gastroenterology Associates
Salsa—Best Authenticity

Judges’ Choice—David Vipond
Owner, Olcott House Bed and Breakfast Inn
Swing—Most Entertaining

Dan Russell
Executive Director, the DECC
Pas de Deux—Most Comedic

Sharla Gardner
President, Duluth City Council
Samba—Most Elegant

Kevin Jacobsen
Anchor, KDLH 3 News
Two Step—Most Enthusiastic

Nick LaFave
Anchor, Fox 21 News
Bolero—Most Romantic

Cal Metts
General Director, Lyric Opera of the North
Tap—Best Stage Presence

Kelly Haffield
Death Investigator, St. Louis County
New Wave—Most Creative

Justin Liles
Chief Meteorologist, WDIO
Tango/Rhumba—Best Use of Rhythm

Becky Hoversten-Mellem
Clinical Social Worker, Essentia Health
Broadway—Most Dramatic

Michelle Russell
Holistic Health Practitioner
80’s Disco Jazz—Most Interpretative

Lisa Anderson
Paralegal, Marcovich, Cochrane, Milliken, Swanson & Kropid
East Coast Swing—Highest Level of Difficulty