Katy Jablonski, Chatfield High School director of bands, has a secret passion for dancing. She's competed in contests and placed in recent years. Now - in a scenario much like the "Dancing with the Stars" television show - Jablonski will be the professional teaching a protégé for a Rochester competition.

"Dancing for the Arts" is a fundraiser to benefit youth arts education and sponsored by the Rochester Arts Council. It will be held this Saturday evening, April 14, at the Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall in Rochester.

Jablonski is tutoring Post-Bulletin publisher Randy Chapman for the grand event. And she's inviting everyone to vote for them as the best dancing couple.

Her biography for the event states, "She always dreamed of being a dancer. She started late in the game in December of 2004, fulfilling that dream by walking into Rochester's Fred Astaire Dance Studio on a relative whim. Her passion for music complemented her love of dance, and the rest, as they say, 'was history.'

"Living in Rochester allowed Jablonski to take her dancing from a social to competitive level in 2006 and 2007 when she began training at Dahl Dance Center and competing with partner Jeremy Anderson at state (MN's Star of the North Games), regional (Lexington, Ky.'s and Seattle, Wash.'s USA Dance Regionals), and national competitions (Louisville, Ky.'s USA Dance Nationals).

Together, Mr. Anderson and Ms. Jablonski made it to the final rounds in all competitions, winning first place in many dances and making their months of hard work and technical training worthwhile. Returning to her instrumental music focus in 2008, Katy hasn't left dance behind.

For full details on various ticket prices for "Dancing for the Arts" - including options like VIP, dinner only and desserts and dancing - as, well as how to vote, get online and go to www.rochestermnarts.com/events/dfta/index.html