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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Debbie Lalin Finkel " You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think & LOVED more than you know! "
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Debbie Lalin Finkel - Playmaker at Family & Children’s Aid

     After graduating from Syracuse University with a dual degree in Television Production and Child & Family Studies, Debbie began her career at Nickelodeon. She was the Production Manager for the Kids’ Choice Awards and Producer for Double Dare and Family Double Dare. She received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Series as well as the George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award as a result of her work on “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” for PBS.
     Debbie has a passion for working with young children that has been present her entire life. She is an active volunteer at Family & Children’s Aid and has become a foster parent, providing a safe and loving home to children needing temporary placement as they manage traumatic and difficult times.  Debbie is a certified Playmaker through the Life is Good Foundation, whose mission is to spread the power of optimism to help kids heal from the devastating impact of early childhood trauma. She is also certified in children’s yoga instruction, multi-sensory reading instruction and animal assisted therapy activities.  In her spare time, she enjoys event planning, interior design, as well as practicing several energy healing disciplines.
     To raise awareness and funds to support the wonderful programming at Family & Children’s Aid, Debbie plans to dig deep (real deep) and channel her sixteen-year-old self where she hopes that her cheerleading, gymnastics and athletic muscle memory will kick in to help her dance moves shine.
     Debbie’s greatest accomplishment and pride, however, will always be her two beautiful adult children, Chelsea and Jared. She lives in Redding with her therapy dogs Dulce & Leo.

Debbie 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.



Recent Contributors

Connie Olsen Date Received: 08/26/2018
"This is awesome, Debbie!!! Cheering you all the way!!! 💃"
Caroline Moscatiello Date Received: 08/24/2018
Robert & Joan Diricks FNDT Grant Account Date Received: 08/23/2018
Brian Heffler Date Received: 08/16/2018
"C'mon twinkletoes, show the competition a clean pair of heels! Bring it on home to "The Woods""
Anonymous Date Received: 08/16/2018
"YAY YOU!!!!"
Kathy Morgan Date Received: 08/16/2018
"This is awesome! Have fun😀"
Dan Chapman Date Received: 08/12/2018
Anonymous Date Received: 08/8/2018
"Good Luck Debbie - Many Blessings "
Jennifer & Alan Clement Date Received: 08/5/2018
"You are awesome Deb!"
Muriel Turetsky Date Received: 08/5/2018
Joan & Tymothy Brennan Date Received: 08/4/2018
Philip Bowers Date Received: 08/3/2018
"Go Debbie!"
Julie Dobson Date Received: 08/3/2018
"You go Deb! Great cause!"
Carmina Paper Date Received: 08/3/2018
"Go Debbie! 😊"
Loretta Lalin. Date Received: 08/2/2018
"Well done, Debbie, for your compassion in helping children in need. "
Susie Cohen Date Received: 08/2/2018
"You go, Debbie! "
Nancy Moscatiello Date Received: 08/2/2018
"Wooohooo! An inspiration to us all- now bring home the Mirrored Ball- we shall hang it proudly over Carla Court!! "
Anonymous Date Received: 08/2/2018
Kevin And Trish Moonan Date Received: 08/2/2018
"Here to support and cheer you on!!! "
Anita Dias Date Received: 08/2/2018
Anonymous Date Received: 08/2/2018
"Go get 'em Deb! What a wonderful benefit!"
Anonymous Date Received: 08/2/2018
"Thank you for doing what you do. You inspire. "