It takes a lot to stand in front of people and speak, it takes even more to dance. But, that is exactly what these competitors have chosen to do. Learning to chase, dip, and twirl their way across the dance floor the contestants of Brookfield’s Dancing Stars are not in it for the prestige, or for any personal gain, they are doing it to support those who are less fortunate. Each of these stars has chosen to help fund all of the free services and programs offered by the Women's Center of Greater Danbury.

    All donations made to the teams go directly to the charity. All cost related to the event and gala it’s self-have been provided by Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brookfield or one of our great patrons. Each dollar donated is a vote for your favorite dancer. If you would like to make an offline donation, please contact Matthew Ames “Event Coordinator” at 203-775-6588 to make arrangements.  


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Susanna Zhu
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     Susanna is an established corporate executive and is currently the Chief Procurement Officer at the Hershey Company. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Finance from Shandong Institute of Economics in China, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego. She has worked for other Fortune 100 companies as a supply chain and procurement leader in Connecticut, New York until her move to Hershey in 2015.
     In between all her professional accolades she enjoys being a mother and wife as well as being a supporter of diversity, culture, and arts. Susanna taught Chinese to adult students and served on the Board of Directors at the Western Connecticut Huaxia Chinese School until 2015. She is an active sponsor for the Children's Miracle Network and is now serving on the Board of Directors of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Susanna has been paired with Matthew

     With over 27 years of dance experience and expert training in both classical and more modern styles of dance, Matthew was ranked by the largest international dance franchise as one of their top teachers for 3 consecutive years. He is also the recipient of the coveted Winners Circle Award given only to the top 3 instructors each year.

      He has performed with the major ballet companies in NYC and Pittsburgh, as well as appearing Off-Broadway, and has received several awards in international acting and modeling competitions. During his career, he has competed in all 9 American Style dances, theater arts, and show dance. Matthew received the 2nd place in the 2011 North American Same Sex Dance Championships in both American Show Dance and American Smooth Championships. In addition to being a ballroom dancer, Matthew is also a certified life coach and wellness advocate




Recent Contributors

Hao Wang Date Received: 09/17/2017
"Go Zhu Zhong!"
Steven Schiller Date Received: 09/15/2017
Paul And Debbie Golaszewski Date Received: 09/15/2017
"Good Suzanne!"
Jennifer Wiseman Date Received: 09/14/2017
"Go Susanna go! You are a winner already and your smile will light up the room as you dance your way to the trophy! best wishes!!!"
Dolores & Chris Thomsen Date Received: 09/14/2017
Diana & Micheal Lascallette Date Received: 09/14/2017
Hershey Company Matching Gift Date Received: 09/14/2017
Friends Of Hershey- Date Received: 09/14/2017
The Hershey Company Matching Gift Date Received: 09/14/2017
The Hershey Company- Matching Date Received: 09/14/2017
The Hershey Company Matching Date Received: 09/14/2017
The Hershey Company-matching Gift Date Received: 09/14/2017
Phyllis & John Bourges Date Received: 09/11/2017
"Good luck! With a partner like Matthew we know you will win!!!"
The Hershey Company Matching Gift Date Received: 09/11/2017
Susanna Zhu-Melisa, Tricica, Mindy,Dillion, George, Simon Date Received: 09/10/2017
Jeff Rose Date Received: 09/1/2017
"May the 'Disco Fever' be with you..... Thanks for supporting such a good cause!!"
The Hershey Company Matching Gift Date Received: 09/1/2017
The Hershey Company Matching Gift Date Received: 09/1/2017
Jocelyn & Jeremy Stahl Date Received: 09/1/2017
Michelle Sandom Date Received: 08/31/2017
"What a great cause! Go get 'em!"
Anonymous Date Received: 08/30/2017
"Good luck and have fun with event. "
Katrina Briddell Date Received: 08/30/2017
"Disco Inferno!!!"
Jean-Philippe Ake Date Received: 08/28/2017
"After Brookfield comes "Dancing with the Stars". Good luck and go get them!!! "
Eric Boyle Date Received: 08/28/2017
"Best of Luck Susanna!"
Perry Cerminara Date Received: 08/28/2017
"Good luck and have fun Susanna!!"
Mark Novis Date Received: 08/28/2017
"Go Susanna!!!"
Yili Hammer Date Received: 08/28/2017
"You are the star! Have fun! "
Gang Xu Date Received: 08/28/2017
"Six Six Shun!"
Janine Smith Date Received: 08/28/2017
"Burn, baby, burn! Good Luck!!"
Rebecca Halko Date Received: 08/27/2017
"We are all cheering you on for this event and great cause!"
Kevin Walling Date Received: 08/27/2017
"A wise man once said, never discuss philosophy or politics in a disco environment. Frank Zappa"
Richard Berrones Date Received: 08/27/2017
"Bust a move Susanna!"
Damien Gresko Date Received: 08/27/2017
"I was originally in for a great cause, but you sealed the deal with that sweet disco outfit - rooting for you, Susanna!"
Cheryl Lardieri Date Received: 08/25/2017
"Good Luck Susanna! You will be amazing! "
Richard Camacho Date Received: 08/23/2017
"Good Luck!"
Jim Costa Date Received: 08/23/2017
"Great effort for a great cause. Well done Susanna."
Jennifer And David Lui Date Received: 08/18/2017
"Go Suzanna! You'll be amazing as usual!! ❤️ Dave, Jenn, Julianne and Derek"
Daniel Flood Date Received: 08/13/2017
"Good luck and break a leg (or is that a theatre thing?)."
Yuanlei Zhu Date Received: 08/10/2017
"Way to go!"
Richard Bellas Date Received: 08/10/2017
"Love to support charities and wonderful people like you that do the same!! :-)"
Jennifer Burch Date Received: 08/8/2017
"You ROCK! "
Jing Guo Date Received: 08/8/2017
"You are the best Susanna! "
Sarah Zhu Date Received: 08/7/2017
"Love the blue outfit"
Matthew Ames Date Received: 07/6/2017