|LaToya London (Color Purple, American Idol) will be one of the judges for DWTDS.
â€śDancing with the Drag Starsâ€ť is back for its third year and will be more exciting than ever on Nov. 13, 5:30 - 11:30 pm at Ruby Skye.
Queen of the Ballroom Donna Sachet and cohost Patrik Gallineaux are introducing eight new drag stars and their ballroom champion partners who will compete for the tiaraâ€™d disco ball trophy. Drag stars are Anya Munro (co-star of â€śThe Drag Lifeâ€ť), Gillette Thebestamancanget (Miss Gay San Jose 2011), Kit Tapata (drag king Mr. Gay San Francisco 2011), Lychee Minnelli (Miss GAPA 2011), Patty McGroin (Miss Gay San Francisco 2011), Miss Rahni (Miss Gay Northern California 2010), SF Empress XXXI Cockatielia, and Victoria Balenciaga (co-star of â€śThe Drag Lifeâ€ť). They will cha-cha, rumba, and waltz their way toward victory with their champion ballroom partners (Robbie Tristan, Raphael Dominguez, Steve Vasco, Tianne Frias, Heintje Soriano, Photis Pishiaras, Ricardo Tellez, and Jeremy Blake).
San Francisco legend Bebe Sweetbriar returns as head judge along with new additions Atlantis superstar and comedienne Shann Carr and international man of comedy Ali Mafi. From Broadwayâ€™s Burn the Floor and Americaâ€™s Ballroom Challenge, the panel welcomes Vaidas Skimelis along with dance partner Jurga Pupylete, together one of the most honored international Latin couples in the world today.
Rounding out the judging panel is star of Broadwayâ€™s The Color Purple and American Idol finalist LaToya London. Sister Roma returns as VIP hostess and scrutineer.
The worldâ€™s most original vodka Stolichnaya is the presenting sponsor and all proceeds benefit The Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation.
Watch for special guest performances by dance music diva Caroline Lund and Anita Cocktail, and surprise celebrity appearances throughout the evening. Experience the spectacular lighting and sound when drag meets dance drama and excitement on November 13th at Ruby Skye!
To introduce the event to the public, Stoli recently presented their Chocolat Razberi Launch Party at The CafĂ© in the Castro with fabulous chocolatey fun â€¦ music, drag stars, performances, and guest Stoli Mixology Master David Ruiz. The dĂ©cor was completely raspberry red, so of course Sister Dana dressed wimple & veil to toe in raspberry red. Delicious Chocolat Razberi Stoli voddie specialty cocktails were served free to the patrons to discover this brand new flavor. Several of the â€śDWTDSâ€ť contestants put on a special show. Patrik Gallineaux, the LGBTQ Stoli liaison, acted as emcee. Lychee was Liza Minnelli in full Liza costume lip-synching her â€śCome to the Cabaret.â€ť Gilette did Donna Summer doing â€śLast Dance, Last Chance for Romance.â€ť Kit did the male version of â€śDonâ€™t Hate Me Because Iâ€™m Beautiful.â€ť
Anya did Whitney Houston and â€śIâ€™m Your Baby Tonight.â€ť Miss Rahni danced up a storm with whirls, twirls, and high kicks. Warning: sheâ€™s gonna serve up some fierce competition.
All these drag stars and more will contend for the big title in the ballroom dancing competition to be held at Ruby Skye, located at 420 Mason Street. For tickets, visit richmondermet.org or patrikpresents.com or call the Richmond-Ermet box office at (415) 282-5492. This is a sexy same-sex dance-off not to be missed!