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Community packed the Paramount for the third annual Dancing with the Rutland Stars

Bill Ackerman and Heather Brouillard win the mirror ball trophy, Karri Barrett and Bill Kelley win fan favorite

RUTLAND - On Saturday night over 800 people filed into The Paramount Theatre for the third annual Dancing with the Rutland Stars performance; a sold out show.

The night was full of cheering, whistles, hoots and hollers, both for Kids on the Move and for the local celebrities.

No one received more noise (or text votes) than local celebrity Karri Barrett a mixologist at Roots Restaurant. Barrett and her instructor, Bill Kelley of Pyramid Fitness and Wellness, danced through the decades with moves iconic to each era. While it was clear that many in the audience knew Barrett well, those that didn't got some background of her story in the introductory video shown on the big screen, which included short interview and practice clips. Barrett told the audience both in practice clip and after her performance Saturday night that the hardest part was keeping up with the energetic routine, but in the end she succeeded.

Each of the six couples that took the stage performed a different dance style. In addition to Barrett and Kelley, Jim Sabataso and instructor Ana DiTursi, danced a cha-cha routine, Dave Correll and instructor Ilene Blackman, an elegant waltz, Adam King and Tracy Tedesco a country swing, Steve Costello and Katye Robare Munger did a tap dance routine, and Bill Ackerman with partner Heather Brouillard closed out the night with a mambo.

Earlier that week, during the Red Sox game also at the Paramount Theatre, a few of the celebrity dancers placed their bets on King and Tedesco taking the mirror ball trophy.  Indeed, their performance was impressive. With what seemed like a dozen or more flips and lifts, fast spins and fancy footwork, the routine ended with Tedesco flipping King!

But in the end, it was Ackerman and Brouillard who won the judges vote for the top prize with their performance of the iconic classic "Time of my Life" from the movie "Dirty Dancing." The audience went crazy at the first note, Brouillard alone on stage with only the spotlight. The two performed the dance beautifully and even incorporated dancing down the aisle to get the audience involved. At the end of their performance, one judge commented that while watching them dance, she felt the "princess moment" the same as watching Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze dance - it was magical, romantic and fantastical.

The enthusiastic audience certainly enjoyed the show, thanks to the dedicated dancers paying tribute to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice's Kids on the Move and Pediatric Hi-Tech rehabilitation programs.

Photos by Ghislaine Robin
Tracy Tedesco flips Adam King at dress rehearsal prior to Saturday's  Dancing with the Rutland Stars performance.