Max and Jenn to Perform at Special Olympics Winter Games

VSA arts winning Dancin’ Duo of Max Dingeman and Jennifer Howard performed at the closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics Michigan Winter Games. The pair was once again in the spotlight following their recent winning performances during the fall 2011 Swingshift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity in Traverse City, where they captured first place honors. Representing VSA arts, Max and Jenn performed a ballroom dance routine at the Grand Traverse Resort February 9 to an appreciative audience. “It was a unanimous decision,” said Kimberly Purdy, Director of Public Relations & Marketing for SOMI. “As one of our former athletes, we wanted Max to perform at this important event for Special Olympics.” This year’s Winter Games theme is 
‘Everyday Heroes.’ The State Winter Games took place February 7-10 at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort and Howe Ice Arena at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. Approximately 1,700 athletes, coaches, chaperones, area management team members and volunteers attended the...
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And the winner is…

It’s a Wrap! And it’s the best Christmas present ever with the announcement that VSA’s Dancin’ Duo – Max Dingeman and Jennifer Howard - are the winners of the 2011 Swingshift and the Stars Dance-Off for Charity! Max and Jenn captured the hearts of the judges and the audience, scoring perfect 10’s from all four judges, not once, but TWICE! VSA arts/ Grand Traverse Area friends and supporters showed their enthusiasm at the ballot box, and helped our nonprofit organization surpass our fundraising goal by raising over $29,500. Among the most important benefits to VSA is the public awareness of our mission and local programming for children and adults with special needs. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Max and Jenn for their hard work and hours of practice, to our sponsors and army of donors and volunteers and to our wonderful community. VSA art’s message of inclusivity for all ages and all abilities rang loud and clear! In...
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A Perfect Score for Max and Jennifer

The excitement is still in the air following the third competition night of Swingshift and the Stars.  Max and Jennifer performed the waltz before a sold-out crowd. It was absolutely breath-taking and after the tears were wiped and the crowd sat down the judges flashed all 10's -  the first ever perfect scoring dance at Swing shift!!!!  Now they are on top of the leader board so we are even more determined to support them all the way to the Finals!! It is only because of folks like you and everyone joining Max and Jenn's fan club that our small nonprofit group is doing so well.  So please join us as we prepare for the final push to the final dance-off on December 16th. Time is Running Out -- Here's how to get involved: Attend the Holiday Decorating Party at Left FootCharley on Friday, December 2 Be part of the Push-Up Contest at Premier Fitness in Traverse City Bid on Holiday centerpieces to help raise funds...
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