DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit Historical Society is celebrating raising more than $38,000 in its 3rd annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars competition.
The ballroom battle was one of the featured events at the 2010 Detroit Historical Society Ball held Friday night at the Argonaut Building in Detroit's New Center area. The former General Motors headquarters is now the College for Creative Studies' A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.
About 380 people attended the annual black tie gala.
More than $200,000 was donated to the Detroit Historical Society during the charity event, including $38,180 from the "Dancing with the Detroit Stars" dance-off.
WXYZ-TV's weekday morning anchor Alicia Smith was one of 8 celebrity contestants who battled on the dance floor to raise money for the Detroit Historical Society .
"I had a blast learning the Tango with Vadim Boldirev -- my pro dance partner. He made me look pretty good! And trust me...I needed all the help I could get," said Alicia. "I literally stepped on at least one of his feet every single lesson!"
Guests voted for their favorite duo by making monetary donations after the performances.
The winning couple who received the most donations was Karie Ross Dombrowski and her professional partner Blake Kish. They performed a swing to "Dynomite."
You can watch all of the Dancing with the Detroit Stars performances in the video player to the left.
The ball included dinner, dancing, a silent auction, a 52-card drawing, and a live auction among other activities.
One of the auction items was a trip to Los Angeles with two tickets to a live taping of the 2011 edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. The taping will take place between March and May of 2011.
Detroit Historical Society President Thomas C. Buhl and Executive Director and CEO Robert A. Bury opened the show.
WXYZ-TV was a proud Media Sponsor for this event.
Jim Johnson was the Master of Ceremonies assisted by Paul Gross of WDIV.
Alicia Smith practiced for more than two months with her professional partner Vadim Boldirev from Fred Astaire Studios of Bloomfield Hills .
Vadim Boldirev choreographed their tango.
"I just try to listen to the music several times and feel what the music is telling me," said Boldirev.
Fred Astaire Studios of Bloomfield Hills is also offering an introductory dance lesson at a special rate with every dollar supporting the Detroit Historical Society.
Congratulations to all of the dancers and heartfelt thanks to the gracious donors.
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