By Duluth News Tribune

For over a month now, Duluth News Tribune executive editor Rick Lubbers has been preparing for the Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge with his partner Emma Stratton.

We stopped by a practice a few weeks ago to see how things were going. Check it out in the video above.

The event, a fundraiser for the ballet, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at Marshall School. Tickets are $30 in a advance for adults at the ballet offices, or A Touch of Plasch, $35 at the door; $20 in advance for children and students, $25 at the door.

Dancers compete for audience favorite, judges’ choice and individual awards.

Duluth News Tribune executive editor Rick Lubbers rehearses with Minnesota Ballet dancer Emma Stratton while working on a piece for the upcoming Celebrity Dance Challenge. (Clint Austin /

This year’s participants include: Erin Aldridge, DSSO; Martha Bremer, Fuse and Leadership Duluth; Jared Broadway, Essentia Health; Kelly Haffield, Fond du Lac Police Dept.; Steven Kuross, Essentia Health; Rick Lubbers, Duluth News Tribune; Laura Mullen, Bent Paddle Brewing Co.; Dereck Murphy-Williams, Cosmetology Careers; Colin Oraskovich, CBS3; Ann-Marie Stojevich, Maurices; Emily Vikre, Vikre Distillery; Jason Vincent, The Boat Club and Vanilla Bean restaurants; Mel Winkler, Northwoods Children’s Services.

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