Mint board member Charlotte Wickham is dancing with Charlotte Ballet dancer Humberto Ramazzina to benefit The Mint Museum in Dancing With the Stars of Charlotte. Wickham is one of six Charlotte community leaders paired with professional dancers from Charlotte Ballet that will take the stage at Knight Theater to raise money for Charlotte Ballet and other local charities.
Wickham has earmarked funds raised to support museum admission for Charlotte-area K-12 school children and post-secondary school students. She believes in the power of arts and exposure to cultural activities to make a positive and effective impact on the happiness and health of children and members of our community.
“I’ve always thought that arts and culture are an important part of learning for children,” Wickham says. “I grew up in Raleigh. My family often went to the ballet, the symphony, and to the museums. That was such a rich part of our life. Many studies show how art, dance, and music help develop children’s brains and help them to think in different and more critical and creative ways,” she says.
Vote is open to anyone online in advance of the event. Donations and support for Charlotte and Humberto will be split 50/50 to support The Mint Museum and Charlotte Ballet.
The top vote-getter ($1 per vote) receives the People’s Choice Award. Dancers who wow the judges with the “best moves” are awarded the Judge’s Choice recognition. Since 2013, Charlotte Ballet’s Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala has raised more than $10 million including nearly $4.5 million for local charities. Funds raised via ticket sales per dance pair are divided equally between the pair’s designated charity and the Charlotte Ballet.