Los Luna apoyan caridad local a través del baile con el elenco de Bailando con las Estrellas ~ The Lunas support local charity through dance with cast from Dancing with the Stars

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participating dancers of Life's A Dance

Los Luna apoyan caridad local a través del baile con el elenco de Bailando con las Estrellas

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PENSACOLA, Fla. – Para la mayoría, la danza es una forma de expresión, ejercicio y liberación de energía. Para Víctor Luna, también es una forma de apoyar a su comunidad.

Al crecer en Fort Walton Beach, Luna descubrió que tenía el don de enseñar danza que rápidamente se convirtió en una pasión. El baile se convirtió en una carrera como instructor de baile profesional. Él y su esposa Melanie son dueños y operan Life’s A Dance Studio.

“Disfruto enseñar a la gente a tener confianza para bailar frente a los demás,” dijo Luna.

Luna ha estado enseñando esta confianza en el noroeste de Florida durante 26 años y con frecuencia ha sido llamado para ayudar a las celebridades en Bailando con las Estrellas, una serie de televisión de competencia de baile en la cadena ABC, durante varios años. Luna ha trabajado con competidoras del programa, como Pricilla Presley, Nancy Grace, Kristi Yamaguchi, Kim Kardashian y Pam Anderson, por nombrar algunas.

Sin embargo, nunca olvidando sus raíces, Luna siempre está buscando formas de beneficiar a su comunidad y celebrar su herencia. Ha participado en varios eventos benéficos con temas de baile, uno de los cuales es donde conoció a su esposa. Juntos están creando sus propios eventos de caridad para beneficiar a las organizaciones locales sin fines de lucro.

Organizado por Los Luna y Gene y Amanda Hurd, propietarios de Hurd Real Estate & Co., el evento repleto de estrellas de este año beneficiará a Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida, una organización que se dedica a brindar a los jóvenes el conocimiento y las habilidades necesarias para planificar sus futuros

“Elegimos Junior Achievement este año porque queríamos ayudar a los niños que estaban trabajando en alfabetización y que necesitaban ayuda adicional,” dijo Luna. “Habló con varias organizaciones y decidió que el logro juvenil era donde necesitábamos enfocarnos.”

Luna también esperaba crear un tema totalmente latino para el evento de este año para celebrar a sus padres, pero dijo que todos los participantes entusiastas estaban motivados por canciones específicas que querían bailar. El padre de Luna era del sur de Texas y su madre era de Chihuahua, México.

“No importa el idioma que hables,” dijo Luna. “El movimiento del cuerpo habla internacionalmente y crea amigos de la danza por todo el mundo.”

El evento Life’s A Dance presenta a celebridades locales, bailarines del campeonato mundial profesional, Shannon y Shane Jensen; las superestrellas de las redes sociales de Instagram y TikTok, Miranda y James Derrick; y miembros del elenco de Dancing with the Stars, incluidos Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov y Tristan Mac Manus. El evento tendrá lugar en el Pensacola Saenger Theatre el jueves 30 de junio de 6:30 a 9 p.m.

Las parejas de celebridades locales que compiten en este evento incluyen a Gene y Amanda Hurd, de Hurd Real Estate & Co.; Steve y Shelley Black, socios de Bread & Table y propietario/agrónomo de Green Procedures, Inc; Aaron y Kimberly Watson, The Watson Firm, PLLC y The Watson Foundation; Adam y Robbie Schrock, ejecutivo de cuenta de AppRiver y director de administración de la Autoridad de la isla de Santa Rosa; Ernie y Ragan Dutra, gerente de territorio de Westlake Royal Building Products y agente autorizado de Hurd Real Estate & Co.; Larry Rapp y Allison Mink, fisioterapeuta/director médico y NICU RN; David y Ally Bryant, policía jubilado y asistente dental; Greg y Brandi Gomez, filántropos locales, oficial de PPD y profesional de relaciones públicas de Force Reconnaissance Marine & Navy Fed; Peyton y Autumn Blackledge, bombero de la ciudad de Milton y abogado/propietario/socio gerente de Autumn Beck Blackledge, PLLC; y Anthony y Heather Doerr, urólogo y CPA/asesor financiero de Hale and Doerr, LLC.

Luna se está asociando con celebridades locales para mostrar su destreza en la recaudación de fondos y el baile, incluyendo a Michelle Salzman, Representante del Distrito 1 de la Cámara de Representantes de Florida y filántropa local; Jennifer McKeown Moghadam, filántropa local y vicepresidenta de Mortgage Trust, Inc; Jenni Wood, entrenadora atlética y gerente de territorio global de DonJoy; Kristie Tobias, autora y presentadora de podcasts de “Fearless Made You,” oradora nacional y asesora empresarial del Studer Community Institute; Cameron Northupt, YMCA, y Jennifer Belcher, originadora de préstamos hipotecarios y directora de cierre de Trident Home Loans.

Los jueces de Life’s A Dance incluyen celebridades locales e internacionales: Tristan Mac Manus, profesional y juez de DWTS; Eric Luna, intérprete de DWTS y SYTYCD; Chip Simmons, alguacil del condado de Escambia; Roy Jones, JR, leyenda del boxeo; Nicole Stacey, Visit Pensacola; Troy Rafferty, abogado/socio gerente del bufete de abogados Levin Papantonio Rafferty; Sara Lefevers, Cámara de Comercio de Pensacola; Brian Williams, KoolKarts; Oso Lewis III, The Lewis Bear Company; Sid Williams Heath, Pensacola Little Theater; Christine Kellogg, PenArts en The Gordon; y Alicia Christy, una filántropa local.

Los boletos están disponibles desde $38 a $78. Un número limitado de boletos VIP EXCLUSIVOS cuestan $203. Los boletos se pueden comprar en la taquilla de Pensacola Saenger al (850) 595-3880 o en línea en https://www.pensacolasaenger.com/events/lifes-a-dance-benefitting-junior-achievement.

The Lunas support local charity through dance with cast from Dancing with the Stars

PENSACOLA, Fla. – For most, dance is a form of expression, exercise and release of energy. For Victor Luna, it is also a way to support his community.

Victor and Melissa LunaGrowing up in Fort Walton Beach, Luna discovered he had a gift of teaching dance that quickly grew into a passion. Dancing became a career as a professional dance instructor. He and his wife Melanie own and operate Life’s A Dance Studio.

“I enjoy teaching people to have confidence to dance in front of others,” Luna said.

Luna has been teaching this confidence in Northwest Florida for 26 years now and has frequently been called upon to assist celebrities on Dancing with the Stars, a dance competition television series on ABC, for several years. Luna has worked with competitors for the show including Pricilla Presley, Nancy Grace, Kristi Yamaguchi, Kim Kardashian and Pam Anderson, to name a few.

Never forgetting his roots, however, Luna is always looking for ways to benefit his community and celebrate his heritage. He has participated in several dance-themed charity events, one of which is where he met his wife. Together they are creating their own charity events to benefit local non-profit organizations.

Organized by the Lunas and Gene and Amanda Hurd, owners of Hurd Real Estate & Co., this years star-studded event will benefit Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida, an organization that is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills needed to plan for their futures.

“We picked Junior Achievement this year because we wanted to help kids working on literacy that needed extra help,” Luna said. “He spoke to several organizations and decided Junior achievement was where we needed to focus.”

Luna hoped to also create an all-Latin theme for this year’s event to celebrate his parents but said that all the enthusiastic participants were motivated by specific songs they wanted to dance to. Luna’s father was from South Texas and his mother was from Chihuahua, Mexico.

“It doesn’t matter what language you speak,” Luna said. “Body movement speaks internationally and makes dance friends are all over the world.”

The Life’s A Dance event features local celebrities, world professional championship dancers, Shannon and Shane Jensen; Instagram, TikTok social media superstars Miranda and James Derrick; and cast members of Dancing with the Stars including Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, and Tristan Mac Manus. The event will take place at the Pensacola Saenger Theater on Thursday, June 30 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Local celebrity couples competing at this event include Gene and Amanda Hurd, of Hurd Real Estate & Co.; Steve and Shelley Black, lps with Bread & Table and owner/Agronomist at Green Procedures, Inc; Aaron and Kimberly Watson, The Watson Firm, PLLC & The Watson Foundation; Adam and Robbie Schrock, AppRiver Account Executive & Director of Administration at Santa Rosa Island Authority; Ernie and Ragan Dutra, Territory Manager for Westlake Royal Building Products & licensed agent with Hurd Real Estate & Co.; Larry Rapp and Allison Mink, Physical Therapist/Medical Director & NICU RN; David and Ally Bryant, retired law enforcement officer & dental assistant; Greg and Brandi Gomez, local philanthropists, PPD officer and Force Reconnaissance Marine & Navy Fed PR professional; Peyton and Autumn Blackledge, City of Milton Firefighter & Attorney/Owner/Managing Partner at Autumn Beck Blackledge, PLLC; and Anthony and Heather Doerr, Urologist & CPA/Financial Advisor at Hale and Doerr, LLC.

Victor Luna and Anna Joyce Cates rehearsing a dance routine
Victor Luna and Anna Joyce Cates rehearse a dance routine in preparation for the Life’s A Dance fundraiser for Junior Achievement.

Luna is partnering with local celebrities to showcase their fundraising and dancing prowess including Michelle Salzman, Florida House District 1 Representative & local philanthropist; Jennifer McKeown Moghadam, local philanthropist & Vice President at Mortgage Trust, Inc; Jenni Wood, Athletic Trainer and DonJoy Global Territory Manager; Kristie Tobias, “Fearlessly Made You” author and podcaster, & national speaker and business advisor for Studer Community Institute; Cameron Northupt, YMCA, and Jennifer Belcher, Mortgage Loan Originator & Closing Director for Trident Home Loans.

Judges for Life’s A Dance include local and international celebrities: Tristan Mac Manus, DWTS professional and judge; Eric Luna, DWTS and SYTYCD performer; Chip Simmons, Escambia County Sheriff; Roy Jones, JR, Boxing Legend; Nicole Stacey, Visit Pensacola; Troy Rafferty, Attorney/Managing Partner at Levin Papantonio Rafferty Law Firm; Sara Lefevers, Pensacola Chamber; Brian Williams, Kool Karts; Lewis Bear III, The Lewis Bear Company; Sid Williams Heath, Pensacola Little Theater; Christine Kellogg, PenArts @ The Gordon; and Alicia Christy, a local philanthropist.

Tickets are available from $38 to $78. A limited number of VIP EXCLUSIVE tickets are $203. Tickets may be purchased at the Pensacola Saenger Box Office at (850) 595-3880 or online at https://www.pensacolasaenger.com/events/lifes-a-dance-benefitting-junior-achievement.

Foto: Anna Joyce Cates ensaya una rutina de baile de mambo/salsa con Victor Luna. Cates es parte de un conjunto de chicas que se presentará al comienzo del evento. ~ Anna Joyce Cates rehearses a mambo/salsa dance routine with Victor Luna. Cates is part of an all-girl ensemble that will perform at the beginning of the event.

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