The 4th Annual Dancing With Our Stars contest puts community leaders on-stage to benefit California Center for the Arts Escondido’s education and outreach programs. This year’s event will be held April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the center’s Concert Hall. The contestants will take the stage with professional ballroom dancers.

“It’s a fun evening of ballroom dancing that showcases standard ballroom and some freestyle ballroom, all for a great cause,” said Tara Shoemaker from Trilogy Ballroom Dance Studio. Instructors from the studio will be dancing in the event.

The Center offers a number of free community events throughout the year, including Jazz Jam Sessions, Música en la Plaza, and the Independence Day Festival. Its educational programs include field trips, performer-led master classes, free craft workshops for families, and music education programs. Learn more at