: Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines hotel, 10950 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
$175 per person; $325 for two; $2,500-$10,000 for tables
Contact Nancy Gardner at email@example.com or (858) 456-3000, or Charles Schevker at (858) 449-8250. Tickets can also be purchased by mailing a check to: La Jolla Dancing with the Stars, P.O. Box 1108, La Jolla, CA 92038
La Jolla resident Lisa D’Angelo has run the La Jolla Half Marathon and teaches a regular boot camp class at La Jolla Rec Center. However, neither prepared her for being a contestant in the La Jolla Town Council’s upcoming La Jolla Dancing with the Stars, she said.
“It’s a complete, full-body workout,” said D’Angelo, of her weekly rehearsals with instructor and dance partner Tony Prado. “I thought I was in pretty good shape when I volunteered to do this, but when I started working with Tony, I realized how challenging dance is, how many other parts of the body you have to use and how strong your core has to be.”
D’Angelo, who serves as social chair on the Las Patronas board of directors, is one of a handful of prominent La Jollans and San Diegans volunteering to dance in the Oct. 5 fundraiser at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.
The host is Mary Murphy, a judge on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Jonathan Roberts, a competitive dancer in several seasons of “Dancing with the Stars,” will serve as an emcee and judge.
The winning dance duo will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges, who will also present an award for “best dressed couple.” Attendees may help select the “audience choice award” for a $10-per-vote donation to the event beneficiaries.
The event, produced by the La Jolla Town Council, is a fundraiser for the town council's community beautification and civic projects in the Village, as well as the La Jolla Christmas Parade, La Jolla Community Center and Warriors and Quiet Waters, a national nonprofit benefitting critically injured U.S. servicemen and women.
As for D’Angelo, she is being anything but quiet about her motive. She has videotaped each of seven weekly practice sessions at Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom Academy in Hillcrest on her iPhone, viewing the footage at home to further perfect her moves.
“We are in it to win it —Tony and I,” D’Angelo assured.
Not so fast.
La Jolla Realtor and dance contestant Maxine Gellens has been sweating it out at Champion several days a week with instructor-dance partner, Dan Gibbons.
“I’m a perfectionist,” Gellens said. “When I’m going to do something, the end result needs to be perfection. I don’t have that now, but I will have the perfection I’m looking for in three weeks — if I have to kill myself doing it.”
Though D’Angelo and Gellens are keeping specific details about their routines under wraps, D’Angelo said hers has a James Bond air of mystery and intrigue, while Gellens’ will deliver a spicy cha-cha number.