Group Picture of Austin Dancing with the Stars 2009

Austin Dancing with the Stars

by Eric Hegwer on 8 December, 2009

I’ve been very fortunate to be able to attend and photograph one of the premiere Austin celebrity events for the last three years – The black-tie fundraiser for the Center for Child Protection. Modeled after the famous ABC TV show, this event pairs local Austin Celebrities with professional dancers from the area. The audience then judges the best dancer pair, and the winners receive the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.
I lok forward to this event every year, as I get to do two of my favorite things- wear my Tuexdo, and take pictures of great looking people. You can scroll down to see some of my favorite shots from the night, or Click here for the entire DWTAS photo gallery.  Links to previous years photos are at the bottom of the post, too.

The Lobby in front of the grand ballroom at the Hilton Downtown Austin was packed

The Lobby in front of the grand ballroom at the Hilton Downtown Austin was packed

Lexus of Austin donated a red convertible to one lucky raffle winner.

Lexus of Austin donated a red convertible to one lucky raffle winner.

The event couldn't have been a success without all the fantastic volunteers

The event couldn't have been a success without all the fantastic volunteers

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Eric Hegwer Photography 105-0288

Susan Lubin performs a ballroom dance with her parnter David Kloss at Dancing with the Stars Austin

Susan Lubin performs a ballroom dance with her parnter David Kloss at Dancing with the Stars Austin

Pictures from Austin Dancing with the Stars - Sherriff Greg Hamilton, and Partner Lindsay LeBlanc

Pictures from Austin Dancing with the Stars - Sherriff Greg Hamilton, and Partner Lindsay LeBlanc

Mitchell Zoll is a participant with Dancing with the Stars Austin

Mitchell Zoll is a participant with Dancing with the Stars Austin

Michelle Valles and Curtis Prevost dance the Tango at Dancing with the Stars Austin

Michelle Valles and Curtis Prevost dance the Tango at Dancing with the Stars Austin

Holly Mills Gardner is Dancing with the Stars in Austin

Holly Mills Gardner is Dancing with the Stars in Austin

Gigi Bryant performs a Michael Jackson tribute durin the Austin Dancing with the Stars Event

Gigi Bryant performs a Michael Jackson tribute durin the Austin Dancing with the Stars Event

Charles Duggan and Kat Parr at Dancing with the Stars Austin

Charles Duggan and Kat Parr at Dancing with the Stars Austin

Joanie Bentzin and Danny Davilla waith with Sabrina for the Judges verdict

Joanie Bentzin and Danny Davilla waith with Sabrina for the Judges verdict

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Gigi Bryant and Denis Generalov with Sabrina

Gigi Bryant and Denis Generalov with Sabrina

Even Elvis made an appearance - Extra points if you can identify this austin chief in the comments section

Even Elvis made an appearance - Extra points if you can identify this austin chief in the comments section

Dave Steaklley and partner Jolie Generalov win the 209 Austin Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball trophy

Dave Steaklley and partner Jolie Generalov win the 209 Austin Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball trophy

List of celebrity participants:

MC -Austin’s own John Paul DeJoria (who’s wife was a dancer).
Joanie Bentzin
Gigi Bryant
Eloise DeJoria
Charles Duggan
Richard Garriot
Sherriff Greg Hamilton
Susan Lubin
Holly Mills-Gardner
Dan Neil
Dave Steakley
Michelle Valles
Mitchell Zoll
Police Chief Art Acevedo

Judges

Ed Clements
Carla McDonald
Evan Smith

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Michael Barnes December 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Fabulous photos, Eric! Of a fabulous event!

Katie December 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm

You are so extremely talented and you seize to amaze us each year with your wonderful photos! You do not miss a beat! Thanks again for all your help and generosity!

Katie

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