Darren is one of ten local community and business leaders performing in the California Center for the Arts 5th Annual Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser. Just like the tv show, each volunteer dancer is paired with a professional dance instructor to master a routine and compete for the audience's adoration.
On top of volunteering their time to learn choreography to put on a fantastic show, our dancers join together to help raise $175,000 to benefit arts education and engagement. Support your favorite dancer and help them reach their goal by contributing today!
About the Center
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County. For 25 years, the Center has been bringing people together to enjoy our programs, events, and resources that benefit nearly 300,000 annually.
After spending many years working in politics for the likes of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and future California First Lady Maria Shriver, Darren started his own public relations firm, Pudgil and Company, where he represents a wide variety of clients including several here in the North County.
In his spare time, Darren enjoys boating, Yacht Rock music, strolling along San Diego's downtown waterfront, and concocting specialty cocktails.
Darren has donated his time and marketing expertise to DWOS and is excited to return as a contestant this year having also competed in 2018. While far from being a professionally-trained dancer, as a teenager he did spend many nights south of the border gliding across the dance floors of Tijuana, Mexico where he has been credited with helping popularize the pogo stick dance.
Darren will be dancing with Alyssa Junious from Continuum Dance Project.