Dancing with Gila Valley Stars

Professional dancers will share the stage with local stars for the second annual Dancing with the Gila Valley Stars at the David M Player Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The professional dancers come direct from shows like, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “Dancing with the Stars.” The professional troupe will come in a week prior to the show and teach the local participants a dance.

Each pro/am couple will perform a show-stopping choreographed dance featuring some fantastic new moves, a few props or costumes, and maybe even a daring lift or two.

AND THE WINNER IS…Audience members will vote on which lucky finalists go home with office bragging rights and the coveted mirror ball trophy. Each local contestant will use the event to raise money for a charity of their choice.

Here are the local participants:

Michael Moreno – Michael has been a member of this community since 1988.  Michael has served as a little league coach, a soccer coach with AYSO, and was involved in scouts as a den leader and committee chairperson for almost 16 years.  I am currently a principal in my 18th year at Dorothy Stinson School and have been in the Safford Unified School district for 25 years.  My Charity of choice would be the Dorothy Stinson PTO.



Heidi Torrio
– Heidi Torrio is a long time Graham County resident.  She has 25 years of service with Graham County, which include The Treasurer, School Superintendent, Clerk of Superior Court and currently is the Finance/Operations Manager for the Probation Department.  Heidi is raising money to support the efforts of Child & Family Resources.



Tabetha Aranda – Tabetha Aranda is the Manager of One AZ Credit Union and has been a resident of Graham County for the past 23 years.  She married into the Aranda family and enjoys traveling out of state to spend time with her grandchildren.  Tabetha’s charity is Teal Out for Women which donates gift bags to women who are receiving Chemo for Ovarian Cancer.




Jenna Ferrin – Jenna Ferrin is a Financial Representative at Country Financial. Jenna has been a part of the community here in the Gila Valley and wouldn’t want to work or raise her family anywhere else. Jenna is raising money to support the Ronald McDonald house in Tucson Arizona because they help so many families from the Safford area in their time of need including her own family in her time of need.



Shane Hawkins – Shane Hawkins, a lifelong resident of the Gila Valley, was born and raised in Ft Thomas and now resides in Pima.  After college, he returned to teach in the Safford, Thatcher, and Ft. Thomas School systems.  He is currently the Superintendent of Ft. Thomas Unified Schools.  He is working to support the High School Scholarship Funds through the Arizona Community Foundation by splitting any funds raised between the Ft. Thomas and Pima High School Scholarship Funds.



Horatio Skeete – Horatio Skeete is the city manager for the city of Safford, he was appointed in April of 2014. He is originally from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He is a member of the Safford Lions Club, enjoys traveling and the outdoors. Horatio is raising funds to support the Boys and Girls Club of the Gila Valley.