Celebrity couples announced for Dancing for the Arts 2024

Jan. 22—Dancing for the Arts is back for the 11th performance with Rochester celebrity couples going toe-to-toe to benefit youth arts education and the programs/services of the Trust on Saturday, March 16, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Rochester.

Take XI celebrity couples are:

* Dr. Nick Pulos, Orthopedic Hand Surgeon, and Dr. Bridget Pulos, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic

* Joanie Mix Lande, Owner, choreographer of Dance Lab and Daniel Klinkhammer, Co-Artistic Director, Rochester Dance Company

* Amanda Leyawiin, Director of Operations, Rochester Athletic Club and Eugenia Leyawiin — Teacher

* Brandon Sampson, Co-Founder and Licensed Certified Prosthetist, Limb Lab, Singer, Songwriter, Musician with Six Mile Grove, and Heather Ritenour — Sampson, Psychotherapist, School Linked Mental Health, Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center, Musician, Yoga Instructor.

* Dr. Chad Weaver, Dermatologist, Winona Health and Jacob Malwitz, Enterprise Manager, Event Production — Mayo Clinic

* Tony Narr, Nurse Administrator, Mayo Clinic, and Casie Narr, Nurse Practitioner and Professor of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Rochester

* Matt Ruzek, Principal of John Marshall High School, and Julie Ruzek, Executive Director, Cradle to Career

* Melissa Adams-Goihl, Realtor, Black Swan Real Estate Group, Actor, Singer, and Jeff Goihl, Diagnostic Tech Lead, Autonomic Lab, Mayo Clinic and Actor

The couples will receive dance training by April Dahl and Gary Dahl of Dahl Dance.

Returning Celebrity Judges are Lisa Clarke, Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson and award-winning competitive dancer and philanthropist Sharon Gentling.

The emcees will be Randy Brock and Dr. Dawn Davis.

The dancers will compete for the coveted DFTA trophy for the most money raised, the Judges' Choice Award and Most Community Support Award.

Table seating (10 per table) will include a three-course plated dinner by JPowers Events with the event to follow for $150.

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 1 through the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust's website at


Voting will be available online pre-event as well as at the event. OneCause (formerly BidPal) is used for electronic voting.