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Children's Museum Dances "Back To The 80's" In This Year's Fancy Steps Fundraiser

On November 6th, 2021, The Children’s Museum held it's annual fundraiser, with this year's theme of "Back to the 80s!"

Fancy Steps is the major fundraiser of the Children's Museum which helps massively why the Museum is able to stay fresh and current in our exhibits and programming. Fancy Steps began as a small reception held at Holyoke's City Hall, with such anticipation that it could be an event the community loved. And loved it, they did! After an incredible turnout in its inaugural run, it was decided the Museum needed to think bigger! Blown away at the community interest, the Museum has been holding it's annual event at Holyoke's own Log Cabin ever since. It truly was a event jam-packed of community engagement where lots of memories were made. It’s events like these that deepen our gratitude to the community we love to serve. A special, BIG thanks to our Celebrity Dancers:

  • Ed Borgatti and Karolina - Dancing Swing to "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince
  • Janine Simonian and Gunnar- Dancing Swing to "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & the Waves
  • Matt Bannister and Daryll- Dancing Swing to "Love Shack" by The B-52's
  • Jamie Cardoza Boyle and Vlad - Dancing Cha Cha to "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran
  • Tanyelle Duchesne and Gunnar - Dancing Swing to "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham!
  • Brenda Hamel and Gunnar - Dancing Tango to "Bad" by Michael Jackson
  • Brie Lunney and Vlad - Dancing Swing to "I Want to Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston
  • Matt Welch and Karolina - Dancing Rumba to "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen
  • Aaron Vega and April - Dancing Swing to "Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol
  • John Lenihan and Daryll - Dancing Hustle to "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Susan Marcotte Keller and Vlad - Dancing Salsa to "Conga" by Gloria Estefan

A special thanks to our emcee's of the evening, Hayley Feyre-Dunn and Gerry Moreau

Also special thanks to everyone who made the evening possible, including: Peter Rosskothen and The Log Cabin Banquet Hall, Ballroom Fever Professionals Gunnar and Darryl Sverrisson, Vlad Astafiev, April Knight, Marx Entertainment, Jim Powers and CJC Event Lighting, Carve Beauty Bar, Plush Beauty Designs Boutique, Paradise Copies, Addie Gamble, Staff of the Children's Museum, and our volunteers.

Gallery Photo Credit: Lauren Boyce

If you couldn’t make Fancy Steps 2021 and still want to support the museum

We’ve created an Amazon Wishlist for every-day museum supplies and some other needed special items. These items would be sent directly to the Museum! Any donation small or large is immensely helpful and appreciated. Thank you so much for supporting the Children’s Museum at Holyoke.

Click the present to visit our wish list!

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