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‘Smashing success’: Competitors heat up the dance floor at Dancing with the Shuswap Stars

2019 winners Joanna and Josh Bickle named overall champions in All-Stars Division

Organizers behind Dancing with the Shuswap Stars are calling this year’s event a “smashing success.”

The event, modelled after the television show Dancing with the Stars, took place on Friday night, Nov. 18 at the SASCU Recreation Centre. This was the sixth year for this competitive fundraiser, which benefits the Shuswap Hospice Society, and the first in two years that the public was allowed to attend.

“While we don’t have the final tabulation of how much money was raised, we know it was a healthy sum!” reads a Sunday, Nov. 20 post on the Dancing with the Shuswap Stars’ Facebook page.

Several Dancing with the Shuswap Stars veterans were back on the dance floor for this year’s event, including Joanna and Josh Bickle, winners in the couples category and of the Judges’ Choice award in the 2019 Dancing with the Shuswap Stars. Competing in the All-Stars Division, the couple once again impressed judges and members of the voting public and were named overall champions. In the Rookies Division, that honour went to Morgan and Tyler Stevenson.

Winning the Judges’ Choice award in the Rookies Division were Heidi Gowen and Jens Goerner, while in the All-Stars Division that award was won by Phil McIntyre-Paul and Heather Stranks.

If you missed this year’s Dancing with the Shuswap Stars, for a donation to Shuswap Hospice you can watch a recording of it online at

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