For several years, Staten Island had its own version of Dancing With the Stars, the hit ABC TV series that is still going strong after 15 years. It was a glittering gala at the Alice Austen House Museum in Rosebank.

June 14, 2008: Former South Shore Councilor Fred Cerullo and dance instructor Betteanne Fox dance the rumba one night with Dancing With the Stars.Staten Island Advance

The chic format saw local celebrity dancers paired with professional instructors strutting their things against the picturesque panoramic backdrop of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and New York Harbor. But Seaview’s Colony Hall only offered an alternative setting when it rained.

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June 14, 2008: Aurelia Curtis and Kelly Gilmore dance the salsa during the Alice Austen House Museum’s annual fundraising gala “Dancing With the Stars”.Staten Island Advance

The proceeds from the soiree went to the Alice Austen Museum, a national historic landmark called “Clear Comfort” and the former home of renowned photographer Alice Austen, who allegedly cut a pretty good carpet herself.

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June 14, 2008: Fran Reali and Kelly Gilmore dance the tango.Staten Island Advance

Cocktails flowed and appetizers were served under a lush tent, followed by polished performances, dinner and dancing – all on the luxurious lawn by the water.

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June 20, 2009: Terry Tarangelo and Kelly Gilmore dance during the “Dancing With the Stars” gala at the Alice Austen House Museum at Seaview’s Colony Hall.Staten Island Advance

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June 20, 2009: Anthony Ferreri, Retired President of Staten Island University Hospital, and Maria Dorman dance during the Alice Austen House Museum’s “Dancing With the Stars” gala at Seaview’s Colony Hall. (Staten Island Advance / Bill Lyons)Staten Island Advance

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June 20, 2009: Betteanne Fox and Robert Cutrona Sr. speak at Colony Hall, Sea View.Staten Island Advance

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June 20, 2011: Donald DeRosa and dance teacher Marisa Calabrese Shelley strut for an evening with “Dancing With the Stars” at Alice Austen House.Staten Island Advance

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June 20, 2011: Dance teachers Jeff Shelley and Donna Maxon perform during “Dancing With the Stars” at the Alice Austen House Museum.Staten Island Advance

The participants, adorned in their best splendor, paid homage to the big band era, with optimistic swing and other surprises that were part of the evening prize – judges recognizable in front of a jury.

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June 14, 2012: Rehearsals at the M&J Ballroom Dance Studio owned by Marisa Calabrese-Shelley and Jeff Shelley in Dongan Hills are in full swing when “Dancing With the Stars” shows up at the Alice Austen House Museum in Rosebank. From left: dance instructors Vincent Laraia, Jeff Shelley and Maria Dorman, celebrity dancers Paul Scamardella, dance instructors Marisa Calabrese Shelley and celebrity dancers Cory Shifter.predicted Iceland

Rather than picking a winner, they offered wise observations and praised the dancers for their innovative dance style, grace, poise, and stage presence.

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June 23, 2012: Corey Shifter dances with instructor Marisa Calabrese Shelley on an evening of “Dancing With the Stars” at Alice Austen House.Staten Island Advance

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June 23, 2012: – Attorney Lisa Giovinazzo dances with instructor Jeff Shelley at Alice Austen House.Staten Island Advance

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June 23, 2012: Lillian Lagazzo dances with instructor Jeff Shelley at Alice Austen House.Staten Island Advance

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June 23, 2012: Gina Biancardi, founder and president of Casa Belvedere, dances with partners Vinny Laraia and Jeff Shelley at “Dancing With the Stars”.Staten Island Advance