Ten competitors hit the dance floor at the Hellenic Cultural Center Friday night, but only one could take home the 2019 Dancing with the Watertown Stars trophy.
The amateur dancers came from a variety of places, whether born and bred town residents, working for a business or department in Watertown, or being a Watertown elected official. Each teamed up with one of the three professional dancers to put together his or her routine.
The couples performed before a packed crowd at the Hellenic Center.
The money raised from tickets, raffle tickets, votes for the fan favorite went to the Rotary Club of Watertown. The funds will support local projects, go to college scholarships and more.
The competitors worked with three professional dancers from Ballroom in Boston: Lilia Weisfeldt (owner and Rotary member), Matt Davis and Bradley Mather.
The 2019 dancers were:
Real estate agent and former WHS baseball coach Ari Koufos with Lilia, dancing the Hustle
Watertown firefighter/paramedic Mary Piotrowski and Bradley dancing the Cha Cha
Watertown Middle School teacher Kellie Spillane and Matt dancing the Swing
Watertown firefighter Andrew Vega and Lilia dancing the Samba
Watertown Boys & Girls Club’s Rhode Moise and Bradley dancing Hip Hop
Watertown Town Councilor Lisa Feltner and Bradley dancing the Lindy Hop
Watertown Savings Bank Vice President Bill Burgess and Lilia dancing the Cha Cha
From the Watertown High School Athletics Department, Jae Smith and Bradley dancing the Hustle
Watertown High School teacher Chad Foster and Lilia dancing the Cha Cha, and
Watertown Police officer Kerilyn Amedio and Bradley dancing the Samba
Each routine wowed the judges — John Airasian, Nicole Kuechkarian, Lynda Messina and Tony Physic — who had to take several minutes to discuss their final decision.
And, the winner was …
She put together her performance with Davis during 10 lessons leading up to Dancing with the Watertown Stars.
The day of the performance, during rehearsals, Spillane said she had messed up some moves, so she was nervous. However, when she took the dance floor she saw some former students, and parents of students, which put her at ease.
“I really worried I was going to blow a big move, but it’s the crowd that gets you excited,” Spillane said.
She had some tough competitors, including fellow Watertown educators.
“Chad was amazing, Jae was amazing, and of course all the other stars,” Spillane said. “A lot of people were really rooting for the teachers, and it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, so it’s a good way to end it.”
The audience had its say, too, and the fan favorite was Kerilyn Amedio.
See more photos from the 2019 Dancing with the Watertown Stars in the gallery below: