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Dancing with the Reading Stars

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Ashley and Lou Borgatta

Ashley and Lou Borgatta

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Suzie and John Ernesto

Suzie and John Ernesto

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JR and Emilee Koch

JR and Emilee Koch

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Ginelle and Eric Miller

Ginelle and Eric Miller


Dancing with the Reading Stars is turning 10! #DWTRS2020

Join us Friday, April 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading!


This is not just about dancing. It’s about fun and fundraising!

Dancing with the Reading Stars raises 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 Yocum serves are considered at risk population. Although many do not realize it, Yocum is much more than the bricks and mortar of the building located at 3000 Penn Avenue. Yocum develops and runs programs throughout Berks County.

How Does Dancing with the Reading Stars work?
Dancing with the Reading Stars will involve 10 to 13 dance partners from throughout the community who, in addition to creating a 90 second dance routine, solicit sponsorships and votes. Funding is raised by placing votes of $5 each for the partners of your choice. Votes can be sent through the mail or by calling the Yocum Institute. In addition to the Yocum Institute website, the partners will be officially announced in a full page ad in the Reading Eagle in March. Voting closes with the live performance the night of the event. Dancers may select a partner of their choice or the Yocum Institutes AOM Dance Department will match them with a partner. Dancers may choose their own music (up to 90 seconds) and work up a routine or a choreographer through the Yocum Institute will assist them in developing a routine. Rehearsals and interviews are to be videoed and presented the night of the event before each dance couple performs. In 2011, our first year for Dancing with the Reading Stars, the event was sold out at 450 people and we netted over $30,000 for programs. By 2018, the audience grew to over 500 and raised $160,000. In 2017 we moved our event to the DoubleTree to provide more seating for our growing audience for the live event.

How do I see the Live Event?
Our goal is to continue to keep the event affordable so a diverse socioeconomic group can attend. All tickets include sit down dinner, the Dancing with the Reading Stars Performances, open dance party and final awards ceremony.

$85 individual ticket (seating purchased online or assigned by Yocum Institute)

$850 for a table of 10

$1,000 Premium Dance Floor tables for 10. Very limited availability.

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: (link will be released 3/1). After March 1, any remaining Premium Tables will be open online to purchase by the general public.

Tell me more about what Dancing with the Reading Stars Supports
The Yocum Institute for Arts Education has been in the business of arts education for both arts and non-arts outcomes for over 80 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. To reach the greater community; 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, the 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 130 classrooms in the Reading School District. We look forward to partnering with Lancaster County’s Dramability Works, a creative drama program that specializes in creating a platform for hands-on growth through theater activities for young adults with special needs.

If you would like more details contact Susan Rohn at 610-376-15706, ext 203 or email at srohn@yocuminstitute.org.

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