On Nov. 3 King’s students and staff members participated in an event called “Dancing with the Staff,” where student/professor pairs engaged in a dance contest. This was the first time the event was held.

The planning for this event began last May in a meeting with Campus Activities and the Programming Board. It was brought up a few years ago when a King’s Idol host jokingly said, “Next year King’s will be having ‘Dancing with the Faculty.’” Campus Activities thought it was a good idea, and after putting more thought into it, they decided that they could put it together.

“We thought it could be a neat idea for the campus since the show “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC is so popular,” said Sean Cryan, director of Campus Activities. “We hope that Dancing with the Staff will be an annual event for the future.”

The dancers were picked by the Campus Activities staff. They made sure to have a variety of administrators and faculty members, and students were chosen from a range of class years in order to bring out a good crowd.

There were six student/staff pairs. The teams of Elaine Klukoske (of the Registrar’s Office) and Ian Oakley and Nathaly Caraballo and Fr. Genaro Aguilar (of Campus Ministry) danced the Paso Doble. Dr. Ron Supkowski (of the chemistry/physics department) and Karlee Hantz and Sheileen Corbett (of the theatre department) and Tim Lambert danced the Jive. Cryan and Courtney Schaffer danced the Swing. Each pair also danced the Waltz, and the winner of the contest won the Monarch Ball trophy.

Dave Reynolds, assistant professor of theatre, was asked to host the event by Kathy Barber, coordinator of Campus Activities, and he was excited to be the host of the first event.

He helped compile some of the costumes from the theatre for the participants, and said they were able to come up with some great original costumes for the dancers.

“I think it will be really great to see these performers trying their best,” he said. “As far as hosting, I’m just hoping I can pull it off as well as Tom Bergeron.”

After an intense dance battle, Sheileen Corbett and Tim Lambert were declared the winners of the event.

Approximately 125 cans of food were collected as a result of the event, which will go towards feeding those in need.