Lights, camera, action! Brittney Shipp wins 'Dancing With the Stars Arizona' award

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3TV Forecaster Brittney Shipp took home the People’s Choice Award for Best Lady’s Performance for her spicy “Cell Block Tango” from the play “Chicago.” By Catherine Holland 3TV Forecaster Brittney Shipp took home the People’s Choice Award for Best Lady’s Performance for her spicy “Cell Block Tango” from the play “Chicago.” By Catherine Holland
Brittney Shipp brought the lightning to the dance floor. By Catherine Holland Brittney Shipp brought the lightning to the dance floor. By Catherine Holland
“Good Morning! Arizona” anchor Tara Hitchcock served as the emcee for the fun-filled event. By Catherine Holland “Good Morning! Arizona” anchor Tara Hitchcock served as the emcee for the fun-filled event. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona hosted its premiere fundraiser, “Dancing with the Stars Arizona” at the Biltmore Resort and Spa on Friday.

Community superstars from the Valley, including 3TV forecaster Brittney Shipp, teamed up with professional dancers to learn ballroom-style routines and show off their skills in front of hundreds. After weeks of practice, the 13 couples took the stage Friday night to compete for the top spot.. The goal was not only to “WOW” the crowd, but also have an amazing time -- all while raising money for a great cause.

The theme of this year’s event was “Broadway Bound.” From “Chicago,” to “Dick Tracy,” to “Saturday Night Fever,” to “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” the characters were out in full force, tearing up the dance floor. The dance champions were selected by combining votes from professional competition-dance judges and the audience.

Shipp and her partner, Radomir Pashev, brought the lightning to the dance floor. She took home the People’s Choice Award for Best Lady’s Performance for her spicy “Cell Block Tango” from the play “Chicago.”

Eileen Klein, Gov. Jan Brewer’s chief of staff, cha-cha-ed her way into the judges’ hearts, winning Judges’ Choice for the ladies. On the gentlemen’s side, Valley entrepreneur Danny Sharaby won the People’s Choice Award, while real-estate developer John Maus won the judges’ prize.

“Good Morning! Arizona” anchor Tara Hitchcock served as the emcee for the fun-filled event.

Other participants included Angel Barnett, Bijen Dyrek, Kristin Hedlund, Polly Levine, Mary Beth York, Scott Bundgaard, Mark Candelaria, Rich Dozer, and Mike Gallagher.

Proceeds from the “Dancing With the Stars Arizona” event help NKF AZ in its mission to prevent kidney disease through education, awareness and research and to improve the quality of life for Arizonans with kidney disease.

Established in 1963, NKF AZ is the major voluntary health agency dealing with kidney and urinary tract diseases. On addition to helping thousand of dialysis patients, NKF AZ kidney health initiatives provide community education about kidney health and the prevention of chronic kidney disease, and advocates for organ donation.

Of every dollar donated to NKF AZ, 83 cents goes directly to patient programs and services.