Dancing with the Reading Stars

2022 Dancing with the Reading Stars
Friday, April 22, 2022
DoubleTree Hotel, Reading PA

Audience Favorite – in-person: JR and Emilee Koch
Audience Favorite – virtual: Guy and Ryan Griffin-Silveri
Comeback Kid Award: Helene Reeser and Erich Cawalla
Grand Champion 3rd : MaCherie Dunbar and Bethany Bower
Grand Champion 2nd: Helene Reeser and Erich Cawalla
Grand Champion 1st: JR and Emilee Koch

The dance pairs were able to raise over $92,000 to further Yocum’s mission to provide arts education throughout the county. The Henry Family is generously matching all donations, dollar-for-dollar plus an additional $38,000 to bring our grand total to $222,000!

2021 was again a challenging for the arts. Words cannot express how much our DWTRS fundraiser helps the Yocum Institute maintain services that are so vitally needed, especially for our youth. Tens of thousands of students have been nurtured in preschool, inspired through music and dance, explored the fine arts and developed confidence in theater programs. While we don’t know what the future holds, we hope to continue to meet new challenges and foster new generations of creative thinkers and DWTRS helps us do this. We appreciate your consideration and ask that you be as generous as possible.


The purpose of Dancing with the Reading Stars Event is to raise the money necessary to support on-going operations, scholarships, productions, and our many outreach and offsite programs – 50% of which are provided at little or no cost to the community. In addition to its onsite classes and preschool, Yocum Institute outreach and offsite programs impact 30,000 people each year. 80% are under the age of 18 and 50% of those the Institute serves are considered at risk population. Although many do not realize it, the Yocum Institute is much more than the bricks and mortar of the building located at 3000 Penn Avenue. Yocum Institute is the leader in community arts education in Berks County.

Our programs are delivered through our partnerships including the Reading School District, PAL/Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs, Berks County Public Libraries, Wilson Area School District, and John Paul II Center for Special Learning. Nationally, Yocum Institute partnered with the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis in 2008 as one of 13 host sites for their critical literacy program, Neighborhood Bridges. This program has been effectively used in over 150 classrooms in the Reading School District.

Yocum Institute has been in the business of arts education for both arts and non-arts outcomes for 88 years. Our vision is to ensure that the long-term benefits and impact of the arts on education are available to children regardless of where they live or their family income.


Dancing with the Reading Stars (DWTRS) involves 10-14 dance pairs from throughout our diverse community. In addition to creating a 90 second dance routine that is performed on Friday, April 22, each pair solicits sponsorships and votes. The public is encouraged to raise funds by placing votes of $10 for the pair(s) of your choice. Votes can be done online, sent through the mail or by calling the Yocum Institute. Online voting will be available by February 1; voting closes with the live performances the night of the event.

Dancers choose their own music and either create their own routine, or work with a choreographer to assist them in developing a routine. This is not just about dancing; it’s about fun and fundraising! In our first year in 2011, the event sold out with 450 attendees and netting over $45,000 for community programs. By 2019, the audience grew to over 500 and raised $120,000. In 2017, we moved our event to the DoubleTree Hotel to provide more seating for a growing audience for this fun event. In 2021, we raised over $238,000! This will be hard to beat but we are taking on the challenge in order to meet the needs of the community. For 2022, the event will be held again at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading, PA.

The 2022 Ticket Prices are $85 per ticket. $850 for a table of 10 or $1,000 for a Premium Dance Floor table for 10 (very limited availability). Each couple has the opportunity to purchase 1 Premium Table. All reserved tables are filled on a fiThe 2022 Ticket Prices are $85 per ticket. $850 for a table of 10 or $1,000 for a Premium Dance Floor table for 10 (very limited availability). Each couple has the opportunity to purchase 1 Premium Table. All reserved tables are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and seat 10, tables MUST be reserved and paid for by March 1. After this they will be released to the public. A list of who will be seated at each reserved table must be submitted no later than April 16th. Prior to March 1, Premium Tables must be reserved by contacting Susan Rohn at 610-376-1576. All other tables and individual tickets may be purchased online at After March 1, any remaining Premium Tables will be open online to purchase by the general public.


Thank You To Our Sponsors: