Dancing with the Knoxville Stars

Dancing with the Knoxville Stars

Star 102.1 presents the annual Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, a take-off of the hit reality television show "Dancing with the Stars" at the Grande Event Center at the Knoxville Expo Center. The event features local celebrities performing a variety of dances with a professional dance partner from Dance Tonight. Since the event began in 2009, Dancing with the Knoxville Stars has raised more than $450,000 for East Tennessee Children's Hospital's Home Health Care program through donations, proceeds of ticket sales and VIP table sales.

One Dollar Equals One Vote

The winner of Dancing with the Knoxville Stars will be determined by the judges' votes the night of competition and online voting for each celebrity dancer. One dollar equals one vote. Guests in attendance can bring their votes (dollars) and donate to their favorite dancer the night of the show. The votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced at the end of the show.

2016 Event Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2016 Dancing with the Knoxville Stars!

Sponsors of Dancing with the Knoxville Stars

#DWTKS on Social Media

You can also follow and share the Dancing with the Knoxville Stars event on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and announcements about local fundraising events by this year's celebrity dancers. On Twitter, follow @EastTNChildrens and use #DWTKS to participate in the online conversation and voice your support for your dancer of choice.

Event History

Take a look at some of the Knoxville celebrity dancers who have participated in #DWTKS over the years:

April 9, 2016 Event

  • Erick Baker, Singer/Songwriter, TV Host
  • Brandon Bates, WBIR reporter/Fox 43 news anchor
  • Lauren Davis, WVLT News Anchor/Reporter
  • Cindi DeBusk, Philanthropist, Contractor & Interior Designer
  • Fenway, Star 102.1 Music Director/Radio Host
  • Lydia McCoy, Knoxville News Sentinel Education Reporter
  • Mike Murray, Knoxville Ice Bears Co-owner, GM, former NHL player
  • Michael Spencer, WATE Sports Director
  • Dawn Tesh, Jewelry Television Show Host
  • Fred White, Sports Analyst, former UT & NFL player

March 12, 2015 Event

  • Mandy Bradshaw, Jewelry Television Host
  • Lance Coleman, Knoxville News Sentinel Reporter
  • Kristin Farley, WATE News Anchor
  • Marcus Hall, Designer at Marc Nelson Denim
  • Glenn "Kane" Jacobs, WWE Wrestler
  • Becca James, Star 102.1 Radio DJ
  • Inky Johnson, Inspirational Speaker
  • Melissa Lee, WVLT Anchor/Reporter
  • Mary Scott, WBIR Anchor/Reporter
  • Morgan Wallen, Musician (formerly of The Voice)

March 22, 2014 Event

  • Erin Barnett, WVLT Morning News Anchor
  • Tyrone Beach, Star 102.1 Morning Producer
  • Lori Gano, Contractor/Former Model
  • Hayley Harmon, WATE News Anchor
  • Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel Business Reporter
  • Jonathan "J.J." Jones, WBIR Feature Reporter
  • Courtney Fulmer Peace, Stay at Home Mom
  • Nikki Rouleau, Jewelry TV Host
  • Wolfgang Schaber, Interior Designer
  • Kendall Schulz, Miss Knoxville 2014
  • Davis Tarwater, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist

2013 Dancers

  • Russell Biven, WBIR-TV anchor
  • Charlie Daniel, Knoxville News Sentinel cartoonist
  • Don Dare, WATE-TV news reporter
  • Amanda Hara, WVLT Volunteer- TV anchor
  • Jordan Hill, singer/song writer
  • David Keith, actor
  • Dusti Kempf, Star 102.1 radio personality
  • Misty Mills, Jewelry Television host
  • Leanne Morgan, Comedienne

2012 Dancers

  • Kris Budden, WBIR-TV sports anchor
  • Lorena Estrada, WVLT Volunteer-TV anchor
  • Missy Kane, Olympian in track & field, PBS Missy Kane's Fit & Fun
  • Logan Ashley Murrell, singer/song writer
  • Robert Peace, former UT linebacker
  • Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel reporter
  • Mike Shaffer, Star 102.1 radio personality
  • Renita Stinnett, Knoxville Expo Center event planning
  • Janet Testerman Crossley, former first lady of Knoxville
  • Jay Teter, Dixie Stampede Master of Ceremonies
  • Bo Williams, WATE-TV anchor

2011 Dancers

  • Marc Anthony, Star 102.1 morning personality
  • Jamie Lynn Drohan, WATE-TV news reporter
  • John Elliott, Elliot's Boots
  • Farmer Charlie, Farm Bureau commercial spokesperson
  • Allison Fulmer, daughter of former UT Coach Phil Fulmer
  • Mike Griffith, Knoxville News Sentinel sports reporter
  • Ashley Johnston, "Biggest Loser" contestant
  • Michele Silva, WVLT Volunteer-TV anchor
  • Mike Witcher, WBIR-TV meteorologist

2010 Dancers

  • Lola Alapo, Knoxville News Sentinel Reporter
  • Jed Bakri, Cotton Eyed Joe Manager
  • Abby Ham, WBIR News Anchor
  • Allison Kropff, WVLT News Anchor
  • Ella Nolan, Hair Stylist (ABC The Bachelor contestant)
  • Maestro Lucas Richman, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
  • Tearsa Smith, WATE Morning Anchor

2009 Dancers

  • Gretchen Bartlett, Star 102.1 radio personality
  • Mary Constantine, Knoxville News Sentinel Food Writer
  • Kim Hansard, Star 102.1 radio personality
  • Beth Haynes, WBIR News Anchor
  • Terry Morrow, Knoxville News Sentinel Entertainment Reporter
  • Frank Murphy, Star 102.1 radio personality
  • Mark Nagi, WATE Sports Anchor
  • Carol Scott, "Hell's Kitchen" contestant
  • Lori Tucker, WATE News Anchor
  • Deedee Trotter, Former UT track/field star

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