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Dancing with the Reading Stars Winners Announced

by Yocum Institute for Arts Education

Apr 27, 2022

Clay Gray and Courtnie Nein. Photo Credit: Ashton Zillhardt

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education announces the winners of the popular fundraising event, Dancing with the Reading Stars, which occurred on Friday, April 22, 2022, at the DoubleTree Hotel Reading at 701 Penn Street, Reading, PA, PA 19606.

Inspired by the hit television show, this annual event showcases “stars” representing Berks County’s diverse community during a fun-filled and inspiring evening. The pairs dance and raise money to further Yocum’s mission to provide arts education throughout the county and beyond.

Ten dance pairs participated this year live on the DoubleTree dance. This year’s star couples were: Ammo Brown and CJ Darden; Pete Clauser and Dawn Dietrich; Clay Gray and Courtnie Nein; Guy and Ryan Griffin-Silveri; Aaron Rineer and Paul Scalzo; Tasha Santiago and Alysa Marasco; Luci Schaeffer and Tim Sanger; Brad and Catherine Weisman; Thank you Santo Marabella and Holly James for performing on behalf of Pat Perfect and Bill Woolworth; and members of the the Yocum Institute Board performed a group routine. The members included were: Heather Alexander, Ed Babiarz, Susan Denaro, Chris Miller, Susan Rohn, Rene Shewalter, Rick Stoudt, Lisa Tiger, Benjamin Watts, and Amy Young.

Funding was raised through sponsorships, donations, and votes for the dance pairs. Votes were cast in $10 increments. Recognition is given for the “Fan Favorite” and Grand Champions 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place based on the pairs who raise the most funds.

Santo Marabella and Holly James. They performed on behalf of Pat Perfect and Bill Woolworth, the Grand Champions 1st place. Bill was supposed to perform in this years’ event but sadly passed away unexpectedly on March 30th. Photo Credit: Ashton Zillhardt


  • Audience Favorite – in-person: Clay Gray and Courtnie Nein
  • Grand Champion 3rd : Brad and Catherine Weisman
  • Grand Champion 2nd: Clay Gray and Courtnie Nein
  • Grand Champion 1st: Pat Perfect and Bill Woolworth

The dance pairs were able to raise over $85,000 to further Yocum’s mission to provide arts education throughout the county.

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