2020 Gala of Stars

  • Raise the Roof’s 2020 Stars Have Aligned

  • Raise the Roofis honored to introduce the stellar group who will dance in the sixth annual Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause. Raise the Roof defines stars as community leaders passionate about making the world a better place. This year’s stars accepted the invitation to take to the ballroom floor in a time that calls for reimagining how to share the dancing fun and goodness that has become Raise the Roof’s signature. With hearts as determined as ever that there be dancing and opportunities for families to build and own homes, Raise the Roof, Arthur Murray Guilford, and eighteen community leader stars are creating a must-watch, must-celebrate, online event for Friday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. No need to purchase a ticket. All are invited to watch, cheer, and “vote” for one, some, or all of the dance couples.

    Everyone will have the opportunity to join in the dancing. Follow along here and follow Raise the Roof on Facebook and Instagram for information on how you, your family, friends, and ALL will get in on the dance action and be part of the event.

    Introducing Raise the Roof’s 2020 stars:

  • The stars are learning choreographed ballroom routines during ten private lessons provided by Arthur Murray Guilford, Raise the Roof’s Event Partner. Plan your watch parties for the November 13 online event with dancing stars, judges and awards for best dance performances, and the culminating announcement of the 2020 Shoreline Stars as voted on by the public.

    The stars are competing for “votes” (dollars = votes) and their dancing is raising funds for future Raise the Roof sponsored Habitat houses…helping families build and own homes. The dance couple that receives the most “votes” will win the grand-prize Shoreline Stars trophy! The voting has begun and will remain open through the November 13 presentation of the dancers’ performances. Donate to vote and support the stars here. Information on how to watch will be shared on our home page.

  • Gala Flash Mob How Tos: Dance with Us!

  • Our Gala of Stars tradition is to gather in person to celebrate, watch, cheer, vote, and then…we ALL hit the dance floor to strut our own stuff. Let’s dance together! Even this year! Especially this year!

    Our extraordinary gala event partners at Arthur Murray Guilford have put together some dance steps for all of us to learn, dance, and create a 2020 gala online flash mob.

    Everything you need for dancing with us is right here: the dance steps broken down, videos of Arthur Murray instructors and gala chairpersons doing the dance (for following along and practicing), and the mp3 of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” for your music. Learn the dance with your family, friends, colleagues, congregation, civic group, and anyone else we’re forgetting. Video yourselves dancing and send to us by end of day November 1. We’ll compile all your videos for a gala night flash mob. Submit videos here.

    – Dance with family, friends, colleagues, business, civic, church, and school groups (safely, socially distanced, and wearing masks, as needed, because we love you.)

    – Dress up or dress down. Have group shirts? Wear them!

    – Learn the dance or break out your own moves, flourishes, flips…

    – Just dance! Make a video—holding your phones horizontally to film—and send to us by uploading to this link. Any problems, email us. We want to dance with you!

    – Watch for your dance moves November 13, 7:30 pm! Event link will be found here on the home page of RaisetheRoofCT.org.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reminder: Hold your phone horizontally to film. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️