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HOUSTON -- Local celebrities and community leaders traded in their professional shoes for a pair of dancing shoes to battle it out in the 4th Annual Dancing with the Houston Stars gala, presented by Urban Souls Dance Company.

The gala was held Sunday, May 4 at the H.E.S.S. Club.The 2014 contestants were Ayana Mack (radio personality with 97.9 The Box), Chris Ferguson (director at Price Waterhouse Cooper), Erica Lee Carter (Harris Country Board Of Education Trustee), Dr. Kevin Smith (Facial Plastic Surgeon and owner of the Smith Center), Linda Lorelle (Emmy Award winning journalist), Ricardo McDonald (Former NFL professional athlete, current Houston Texans Ambassador and NFL Heads Up Ambassador), Rashia Whitlock (actress), Travis Torrence (Houston Attorney, Shell Oil), William-Paul Thomas (Director of Council Relations, Office of Mayor Annise Parker) and Nakia Cooper (Senior Producer of Digital Media for KHOU.com).

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Cooper won Lady s Dance Champion and Torrence won both Male Dance Champion and Overall Fundraising Champion this year.

ManynotableHouston leaders and public figures were in attendance, including Mayor Annise Parker and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

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