Dancing with the Richmond Stars

Although he claims to have “two left feet and two left arms,” Dr. George Vetrovec and his partner, Rigby’s Jig dance instructor Nicole Libby, won the “People’s Choice Award” at Dancing with the Richmond Stars. Like the t.v. show, local “celebrities” are paired with dance instructors to prepare for the event, which has already raised $91,000 this year for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

DWTS_Dr_VetrovecDr. Vetrovec, the director of VCU Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and his partner spent about 10 weeks practicing their dance-a rumba to the theme from “GoldenEye.”

“I danced as James Bond and Nicole danced as a Russian spy,” he says. “I came out like the Bond movies always start, pretending to shoot a gun.” Although dancing was outside of his comfort zone, he says he agreed to perform “because I thought it was a worthy cause. I had a good time.”

“We were so impressed with Dr. Vetrovec’s enthusiasm and desire to compete. He had his heart in this event to raise money for CHoR from day one. He spent many hours practicing in addition to helping with promotion, marketing and fund raising,” says Charlotte Roberts, who with Karen Shudtz has co-chaired the event since its beginning five years ago.