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Stars of NY Dance Behind the Scenes: Teri Coaxum and Darian M. Parker

In this annual dance contest, “local stars” compete for prize money that is donated to children’s arts organizations
Teri Coaxum and her choreographer and dance partner Darian M. Parker get ready to compete for the Stars of New York Dance annual competition.

On Friday, November 15, at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Stars of New York Dance will celebrate a decade of dancing for the arts! This year, the annual fundraiser and dance contest will honor U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of the 8th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.

This thrilling and fun dance competition pairs local "stars" in the community with choreographers from leading dance organizations from around the five boroughs.

For the dance showcase, each couple must quickly learn a dance routine and then compete against other couples for prize money they will then donate to an arts organization of their choice. This year, the competition is bringing back past competitors-- 3rd-, 2nd- and 1st-place winners-- for the "Dance-off of the Decade!"

Check out this exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of local "Dancing Star" Teri Coaxum, Founder & CEO of Coaxum Connect, LLC. Coaxum placed third in the 2nd Annual Stars competition. She will be paired with choreographer Darian M. Parker, PhD and dance instructor at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance.

Take a sneak peak inside their studio, as they rehearse for the big night on November 15!

Do you think they will win?

To see other competing couples for this year's dance-off, go here.

To purchase tickets, go here.