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Burns swings his way to top of Hermiston Stars dance competition

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Published on January 13, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on January 15, 2018 3:04PM

Josh Burns holds his trophy high after winning Dancing with the Hermiston Stars on Saturday night at Hermiston High School.

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Josh Burns holds his trophy high after winning Dancing with the Hermiston Stars on Saturday night at Hermiston High School.

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Josh Burns and his partner Chloe Elstone, of the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, perform a swing number during Saturday night’s Dancing with the Hermiston Stars at Hermiston High School.

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Josh Burns and his partner Chloe Elstone, of the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, perform a swing number during Saturday night’s Dancing with the Hermiston Stars at Hermiston High School.

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Erik Juarez dances the cha cha with his partner, Dani Gerding, during Saturday’s Dancing with the Hermiston Stars at Hermiston High School.

Staff photo by Kathy Aney Erik Juarez dances the cha cha with his partner, Dani Gerding, during Saturday’s Dancing with the Hermiston Stars at Hermiston High School.

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Erica Sandoval and her partner Gary Knox-Derry dance the quickstep to the theme song of the “The Flintstones” during Dancing with the Hermiston Stars on Saturday night at Hermiston High School.

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Erica Sandoval and her partner Gary Knox-Derry dance the quickstep to the theme song of the “The Flintstones” during Dancing with the Hermiston Stars on Saturday night at Hermiston High School.

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Cameron Bendixsen and his partner, Kylie Burns, dance the polka to the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song during Saturday night’s Dancing with the Hermiston Stars at Hermiston High School.

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Cameron Bendixsen and his partner, Kylie Burns, dance the polka to the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song during Saturday night’s Dancing with the Hermiston Stars at Hermiston High School.

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Tricia Mooney salsa dances with her partner Trystan Devouassou to the theme of “I Dream of Jeanie” during Saturday night’s Dancing with the Hermiston Stars at Hermiston High School. The couple garnered enough votes for second place.

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Tricia Mooney salsa dances with her partner Trystan Devouassou to the theme of “I Dream of Jeanie” during Saturday night’s Dancing with the Hermiston Stars at Hermiston High School. The couple garnered enough votes for second place.

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Josh Burns and his partner, Chloe Elstone, won the Dancing with the Hermiston Stars competition Saturday at Hermiston High School.

Five Hermiston competitors — Burns, Erik Juarez, Erica Sandoval, Cameron Bendixsen and Tricia Mooney — paired up with professionals from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company and raised money for the Desert Arts Council. Ashley Seibel was slated to perform but had to cancel due to illness.

The money raised through ticket sales and extra donations will help support Desert Arts Council’s mission of growing the arts in Hermiston.

Burns, the general manager at the Walmart Distribution Center, won from a combination of the judge’s scores, audience votes and money raised.

Look for more information in Tuesday’s edition of the East Oregonian.











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