Past winners of the annual Dancing with the Seymour Stars hold a coveted place in the event’s three-year history.

A doctor with a passion for theatrics and tap dancing and his beautiful dance instructor.

A retired couple with flashy moves no one expected.

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And a drug company representative who kicked it up with two country girls.

Soon, another couple will dance away with the title and trophy, but more importantly knowing they helped support the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour and Seymour Main Street.

The fourth annual Dancing with the Seymour Stars fundraiser will take place this Saturday at Celebrations reception center and event hall on the city’s east side with a matinee show at 2 p.m. and the main performance at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the matinee are $20 in advance at the Boys and Girls Club, The Pardieck Law Firm and MainSource Bank, all in Seymour, and Family Drug in Brownstown or for $25 at the door. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. The evening show, which is always a sellout, includes a meal, and is for the dancers’ families and friends and individual and corporate sponsors of the event.

This year’s dancers are coworkers Jeff Joray and Kayla Teulker from the Boys and Girls Club; Dr. Andy Dick, an anesthesiologist at Schneck Medical Center, and RaeAnn Mellencamp, a CrossFit fitness instructor; Pastor Joe Barlau of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Sarah Arnold, owner and instructor at STEPS Dance Studio; Kody Riddle, a chemist at Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, and returning dancer Katrina Hardwick, a Schneck employee and dance/fitness instructor at Snap Fitness; Brad Boas, a district sales manager, and his mother, Becky Boas, a nurse at Schneck; returning dancer Dr. Nate Otte, an optometrist, and Marcie Pardieck, an attorney; and coworkers, Jason Storey and Maribel Enrique of Bob Poynter.

It’s up to the dancers to come up with and practice their own routines.

The winner of the show is not determined by dancing ability but by who can raise the most money in votes. All dancers raise money on their own beforehand and then receive votes from the audience after the performances.

Some dancers have set up GoFundMe pages to help their cause.

Donations are tax-deductible.

Anyone unable to attend the show may still vote for their favorite dancers with $1 equaling one vote. All donations may be made at the Boys and Girls Club.

All proceeds from the event including ticket sales, sponsorships and money raised by the contestants is split between the Boys and Girls Club and Seymour Main Street to fund the two organizations’ operations, programs and special projects.

Last year’s event brought in more than $98,000 — a record amount — with the winners being Tom Lewis, senior director of finance and supply for Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, and his partners, Elizabeth Copeland and Patti Terrell.

In 2014, dancers raised just more than $90,000. The winners were Dana and Tom Bollinger.

Dr. Charles Calhoun and Tammy Lewis won in 2013, with the event raising around $60,000.

Organizers and dancers hope to continue the trend of raising more money each year.

If you go

What: Fourth annual Dancing with the Seymour Stars

Where: Celebrations reception center and event hall at Shops at Seymour, 357 Tanger Blvd., Suite 101

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. matinee and 6 p.m. performance

Cost: Tickets to the matinee are available for $20 if purchased in advance at the Boys and Girls Club, 950 N. O’Brien St., and $25 at the door Saturday. The evening show is sold out. Tickets also are available at The Pardieck Law Firm and MainSource Bank in Seymour and Family Drug in Brownstown.

Benefits: Boys and Girls Club of Seymour and Seymour Main Street

Dancers: Jeff Joray and Kayla Teulker, Dr. Andy Dick and RaeAnn Mellencamp, Pastor Joe Barlau and Sarah Arnold, Kody Riddle and Katrina Hardwick, Brad Boas and Becky Boas, Dr. Nate Otte and Marcie Pardieck, and Jason Storey and Maribel Enrique.

Information: Call the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour at 812-522-2434

2016 DANCING WITH THE SEYMOUR STARS PARTICIPANTS

Jeff Joray

Age: 51

What is your day job? Seymour Boys and Girls Club.

Who is your dance partner? Kayla Teulker.

Family: Wife, Debbie; children, Jared, 24, Devon, 21, and Jacob, 17.

What is your dance background? Rain dance.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? Surprise.

What is your most favorite dance and why? Tango. It looks fun.

What is your least favorite dance and why? Cha Cha Cha. It doesn’t look fun.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? Because my partner works miracles.

Why do you like dancing? I’ll let you know Sept. 24.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? Hopefully, my partner can work miracles that will impress the crowd. Raise money.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Kevin Gabbard and Father Dan Staublin.

Kayla Teulker

Age: 22

What is your day job? I am an employee of the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour.

Who is your dance partner? Jeff Joray.

Family: Parents, Kevin and Suzanne Teulker

What is your dance background? I have been dancing for 20 years.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? Surprise.

What is your most favorite dance and why? My most favorite style of dance is tap.

What is your least favorite dance and why? No such thing.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? I should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner because my partner and I are awesome.

Why do you like dancing? I love to dance.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? I want to have fun and raise money for great organizations.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Did not answer.

Andy Dick

Age: 37

What is your day job? Anesthesiologist at Schneck Medical Center.

Who is your dance partner? RaeAnn Mellencamp.

Family: Beautiful wife, Amanda; wonderful children, Sullivan, 7, Elin, 4, and Finn, 1.

What is your dance background? Danced in musicals in elementary, junior and high school. Lead dancer in high school production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? Irish River Dance.

What is your most favorite dance and why? Anything that gets me up and moving. I also performed a choreographed dance at my wedding to “Better Together,” by Jack Johnson.

What is your least favorite dance and why? We refused to play the Electric Slide at our wedding.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? “Life is just a party and parties weren’t meant to last.” — Prince

Why do you like dancing? I love working on a routine and perfecting it.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? Improve my dancing skills, meet new people in Seymour and have fun.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? For the second year in a row, I nominate Dr. David Hartung.

RaeAnn Mellencamp

Age: 38

What is your day job? CrossFit coach.

Who is your dance partner? Andy Dick.

Family: I have been married to Jason for 13 years and have two boys, Jesse and Reed.

What is your dance background? I’m old, so I can only dance to teach my boys cool moves.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? Irish River Dance.

What is your most favorite dance and why? The ones Andy Luedeman teaches me in the gym. They bring the best out of me.

What is your least favorite dance and why? The dreaded Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey and the Boot Scootin’ Boogie.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? “Life is just a party and parties weren’t meant to last.” — Prince (same answer as Andy Dick)

Why do you like dancing? I don’t like it. I hate it.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? I hope to raise tons of money for our community and get over one of my biggest fears.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Andy Luedeman or Sam Steffey.

Kody Riddle

Age: 24.

What is your day job? Chemist at Kremers Urban.

Who is your dance partner? Katrina Hardwick.

Family: I’m single, and I live with my mom, but I have a really cute dog, so it balances out.

What is your dance background? I danced in “All Shook Up” at Jackson County Community Theatre (badly).

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? Whatever Katrina tells me to do.

What is your most favorite dance and why? The Running Man is my fave because it’s easy. It’s my go-to.

What is your least favorite dance and why? The Chicken Dance because the music is awful, and I can never remember the moves.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? Katrina is an awesome choreographer, so our dance will be awesome.

Why do you like dancing? I’m not good at it, and I like to get better at things.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? I hope to make friends and improve my dancing skills.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Kendra Zumhingst.

Katrina Hardwick

Age: 37.

What is your day job? Pathology at Schneck and Body Rock instructor at Snap Fitness.

Who is your dance partner? Kody Riddle — we act together at the Jackson County Community Theatre.

Family: Son, Tyce Hardwick, 7; parents, Ricky and Carolyn Ketcham.

What is your dance background? Tap, jazz, numerous styles of ballroom, Zumba, hip-hop body rock instructor.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? The kind that wins, I hope.

What is your most favorite dance and why? It’s hard to pick a favorite because there is something to love about every style.

What is your least favorite dance and why? The Cupid Shuffle — too boring.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? Because I work hard, deliver awesome dances and it’s my fourth year volunteering, so it’s gotta be my time soon.

Why do you like dancing? I don’t like it, I love it. It’s part of my DNA. Dancing is something that brings me great joy.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? Not only do I get to dance, which I love, but I get to teach and fund raise for two awesome causes.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Shawn Malone, Robert Becker and Missy Woods.

Becky Boas

Age: 63.

What is your day job? Registered nurse at Schneck Medical Center.

Who is your dance partner? Our wonderful son, Brad Boas.

Family: Husband, Brad; children, Carrie (Jeremy) Hines, Cori (Jason) Vaughn, Cassidy (fiancé, Brad Mousa) Hatton, Bradford (Ashley Weiland) Boas; grandchildren, Emma and Lucas Hines, Liza and Lana Vaughn and Jameson and Preston Hatton; granddog, Molly Boas.

What is your dance background? Ballroom dance lessons, square dance lessons many years ago. Mostly just dancing whenever good music plays.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? Different types of oldies or whatever Brad likes.

What is your most favorite dance and why? Freestyle and table dancing are my favorite.

What is your least favorite dance and why? The chicken dance is a little monotonous to me.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? Brad and I are going to have the time of our lives whether we win or not.

Why do you like dancing? I can’t sit still when good music is playing.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? This will be great fun and bonding time with our son, but also help our Seymour children be safe and happy.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? I would like to see Dr. Charlie Calhoun back as well as Pastor Currao.

Brad Boas

Age: 32.

What is your day job? I am a district sales manager for Yokohama Tire Corp.

Who is your dance partner? My mother, Becky Boas.

Family: I am married to my beautiful wife, Ashley, of seven years. No children.

What is your dance background? Being a former DJ, I obtained a little dance experience from wedding receptions and at home outbursts.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? A fun collection of rhythmic dancing with music ranging from oldies to modern hip-hop.

What is your most favorite dance and why? The kind after a few drinks because the moves just tend to happen.

What is your least favorite dance and why? The chicken dance because it’s just weird.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? With a mother that dances on tables, how could we not be the next winner?

Why do you like dancing? It brings out the happiness in everyone.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? A chance to give back to the community while enjoying time with my mother.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Drew Storey and Seth Davidson.

Marcie Pardieck

Age: 31.

What is your day job? I am an attorney.

Who is your dance partner? Nate Otte.

Family: Parents, Brad and Rhonda Pardieck; fiancé, Brian Aynes.

What is your dance background? I danced as a young girl, but those days ended long ago … until now.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? A winning dance.

What is your most favorite dance and why? I love any dance that is fast paced because it’s more of a challenge.

What is your least favorite dance and why? The waltz because it puts me to sleep.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? Because my partner is awesome and had a rough time teaching me.

Why do you like dancing? I like dancing because I love music and dancing along makes it even better.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? I hope to raise a lot of money for the Boys & Girls Club and Seymour Main Street.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Anyone more coordinated than I am.

Nate Otte

Age: 33.

What is your day job? I’m an optometrist at Dr. Nate Optometrist and IU. I coach triathletes and CrossFit, too.

Who is your dance partner? Marcie Pardieck.

Family: My parents are Paul and Jan Otte. and my sister is Jessica Otte.

What is your dance background? I learned the quickstep for the inaugural Dancing with the Seymour Stars. I am also proficient at the Whip and Nae Nae.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? Great question.

What is your most favorite dance and why? The Shuffle from “Party Rock Anthem.” It’s a reflection of how I live my life.

What is your least favorite dance and why? The Cupid Shuffle. Next in the playlist, please.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? Marcie is a great person, and I just hope to be a good partner for her.

Why do you like dancing? I like to learn new things and get out of my comfort zone.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? A month of random strangers asking me if I am that guy that did that dancing thing.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? I don’t have a lot of friends, and I’d like to keep the ones I have.

Maribel Enrique

Age: 33.

What is your day job? Bob Poynter GM/Service Department.

Who is your dance partner? Jason Storey.

Family: Mom, Juana Weaver; sisters, Rebeca Nieves-Myron, Sara Wolf and Maria Montgomery; boyfriend, Chad Brand and his little boy, Cayden.

What is your dance background? Former Zumba/Fitness instructor.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? Something that will make everyone get up from their seats.

What is your most favorite dance and why? Anything upbeat and fun. Music makes me happy (however I do love anything from Pitbull).

What is your least favorite dance and why? I don’t have. I think every dance is unique. Maybe just not “your” unique.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? Because we will be rock stars.

Why do you like dancing? Because it expresses individuality and that is beautiful.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? A good time and raise funds for two great nonprofit organizations.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Eric DiBlasi and Bob Poynter.

Jason Storey

Age: 43.

What is your day job? I work for Bob Poynter Ford as a sales consultant. Come see me!

Who is your dance partner? Maribel Enrique.

Family: Not married currently. but I have started a wonderful journey with my best friend, Tara Johnson.

What is your dance background? My dance background has been limited to reception and party dancing.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? I believe Maribel said it will be salsa.

What is your most favorite dance and why? I would say I don’t have a favorite, based on my lack of ability.

What is your least favorite dance and why? Break dancing. I tried it when I was a kid, struggled terribly.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? I’m going to leave this up to the judges, hopefully our performance will blow them away.

Why do you like dancing? This question is tricky. I never said I liked it.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? Doing this for the Boys & Girls Club. Looking to have fun and show the world my moves.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? I would like to see the entire SAYFL (Seymour Area Youth Football League) board get on stage. A possible Bears Super Bowl Shuffle remake.

Joseph Barlau

Age: 29.

What is your day job? I am a Lutheran pastor.

Who is your dance partner? One unlucky woman.

Family: Wife, Amanda (happily married for two years); daughter, Miriam, 1, and expecting second child in mid-October

What is your dance background? Very inexperienced.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? A dance of some sort.

What is your most favorite dance and why? What?

What is your least favorite dance and why? Mostly all of them. I have two left feet.

Why do you think you should be the next Dancing with the Seymour Stars winner? I think the people will have pity on me.

Why do you like dancing? Who said I did?

What do you hope to get out of this experience? Experience in dancing. Raising money to improve and support our community.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? (not answered).

Sarah Arnold

Age: 31.

What is your day job? Owner/dance director of STEPS Dance Center in Vernon and Seymour.

Who is your dance partner? Pastor Joe Barlau.

Family: Husband, Steve is a machinist at Aisin. We have just celebrated our happy five-year wedding anniversary. We have a beautiful little girl, Emersynm, 3.

What is your dance background? My mom put me in dance in the early 1990s. That’s when I found my love for dance. I have dance background in jazz, hip hop, pom and lyrical. I’ve dabbled a little in tap and ballet. Coaching and instructing classes since 2003 and former Zumba instructor.

What kind of dance will you be performing for the competition? A kind of dance that we can have some fun with.

What is your most favorite dance and why? Anything energetic and enthusiastic. My absolute favorite would be jazz or hip-hop.

What is your least favorite dance and why? If I have to choose, I would say … ugh, I can’t choose. I love all styles.

Why do you think you should be the next Seymour Dancing with the Stars winner? While I would love to win, I believe the experience and purpose for the event automatically creates winners within all participating.

Why do you like dancing? Movement and music is the best fun and freedom! Dance is my happy place.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? A happy heart, fun memories and the opportunity to meet new and wonderful people along the way.

Who would you like to see compete in the next Dancing with the Stars? Dr. Courtney Kleber, Tricia Bechman at the Seymour Chamber.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.