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It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of people and speak. It takes even more courage to dance. Yet this is exactly what these competitors have offered to do. The contestants of Brookfield’s Dancing Stars Gala will spend the next few weeks learning to chase, dip and twirl their way across the dance floor. The Stars are not in it for prestige or personal gain but rather to raise funds from friends and supporters like you to help those in need. The funds raised will help women, children and families in our community receive free services and programs offered by Family & Children’s Aid and the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury.

All donations made to the teams go directly to the charity. All costs related to the event and Gala have been provided by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield or one of our great patrons. Each dollar donated is a vote for your favorite dancer. If you would like to make an offline donation, please contact Matthew Ames “Event Coordinator” at 203-775-6588 to make arrangements.
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Katie Diamond - Executive Producer, ACT of Connecticut

     After graduating with a bachelor of music in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music, Katie lived and worked in Seattle before moving to NYC in 2005.  In 2014 she relocated to Ridgefield, CT with her husband Bill Diamond and their three children, where she is the co-founder and executive producer of Ridgefield’s new professional Equity theatre company, ACT of Connecticut (actofct.org). She serves on the boards of the Ridgefield Playhouse and the Ridgefield Newcomers Club.


     As a singer, actor, writer, and producer, Katie Tomlinson Diamond has written, produced, and/or performed in numerous musical theatre and cabaret shows over the past fifteen years. Broadway and tour performing credits include Lorraine in JERSEY BOYS, THE PIRATE QUEEN (understudy for Stephanie J. Block), WHITE CHRISTMAS, and THE WEDDING BANQUET. Favorite regional performing credits include Lily in THE SECRET GARDEN, Ado Annie in OKLAHOMA!, Rosemary in HOW TO SUCCEED..., and Estella in GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Katie has released two solo albums, Original Passion and Down by the Riverside, and can be heard on THE PIRATE QUEEN original cast recording. She has written, produced, and performed in three cabaret shows in NYC; Secondary Characters, All Knocked Up and Typed Out. Katie is proud to have worked with many talented directors and writers, such as Brian Yorkey (Pulitzer Prize winner for NEXT TO NORMAL), Jason Robert Brown, Walter Bobbie, John Tillinger, Graciela Daniele, Frank Galati, and Pat Birch.

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Katie will be paired with Matthew
 
     With over 27 years of dance and theater experience and expert training in both classical and more modern styles of dance, Matthew was ranked by the largest international dance franchise as one of their top teachers for 3 consecutive years. He is also the recipient of the coveted Winners Circle Award given only to the top 3 instructors each year.

     Matthew has performed with the major ballet companies in NYC and Pittsburgh, as well as appearing Off-Broadway, and has received several awards in international acting and modeling competitions. During his career, he has competed in all 9 American Style dances, theater arts, and show dance. Matthew received 2nd place in the 2011 North American Same Sex Dance Championships in both American Show Dance and American Smooth Championships. In addition to being a ballroom dancer, Matthew is also a certified life coach and wellness advocate.

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