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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Julio Lopez Jr.
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Julio Lopez Jr. - Supervisor of Security Personel

Julio spends his time as the Supervisor of Security Personnel with Union Savings Bank. He has been a husband of 50 years to Minerva Lopez and is the father of two (daughter Maribel and son Julio) as well as a grandfather of 4 (Nicholas, Rachel, Samuel, and William). Many may recognize Julio Lopez Sr. from his time working for the City of Danbury in his many rolls including as Deputy Director of Personnel, Civil Service Chief Examiner, Contract Compliance Officer, and Affirmative Action Officer.
Julio has spent many of his years dedicated to helping the community and is now working with FCA to help raise funds for their programs and services.  He is looking forward to a great and rewarding experience surrounded by well intentioned and dedicated people for a great cause. Julio believes that his many years of well disorganized dancing experience will bring an edge to his team mates, and  if not a least a lot of fun. 


 Ralph will be paired with Joanna


     Born in Germany, she began dancing at the age of 3. After dancing in multiple dance groups and in different dance styles, Joanna found her passion in Hip-Hop dancing.

     In 2011, she became a certified Zumba(R) Fitness Instructor and has a complete wide-ranging education from Germany in ballroom dancing. Besides dancing and teaching international Latin & Standard, she is specialized in children’s dancing and West Coast Swing.

     Following her dreams to improving herself, and the love of dancing, brought her to the United States to become a Fred Astaire Dance Studio professional.



Recent Contributors

Joe & Patty Fecarotta Date Received: 09/10/2018
" Dance up a storm Julio!!"
Mark Trohalis Date Received: 08/25/2018
"Like you have always done, leading by example! Great! "
Mark And Cindy Rosato Date Received: 08/5/2018
"Dance the night away, amigo!"
Radames Lamenza Date Received: 08/2/2018
"Old bones and muscles but with a secret weapon; boricua blood and rhythm. Show them up Julio!"
Logan Sullender Date Received: 08/2/2018
"Go Julio!"
Maribel Lopez Date Received: 08/1/2018
"Love you Dad! "
Naomi Kahn Date Received: 08/1/2018
"You look great dancing Julio and what wonderful cause and Fundraiser!"
Barry Pritchard Date Received: 08/1/2018
"You're not my dad(Thank God) but I love you as well! Break a leg"
Marcella Royds Date Received: 08/1/2018
"With much love and respect! Marcella, Erik, Evan, Gwen, &Shamus"