Chris Borzym reacts to being named champion of Dancing with the Chamber as dance partner Aynsley Parker (left) and contestants Aaron Pesek and Jason Baumann (far right) applaud. (Photo by Lisa Miller)

Chris Borzym, the former owner of Christopher Mark Flowers in Brookfield who was representing Betty’s Flower and Gifts, was declared the champion of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Dancing with the Chamber competition, featuring 10 dancers representing local businesses, on Oct. 1.

More than 500 people filled the auditorium of Riverside-Brookfield High School for the chamber fundraiser to cheer on Borzym and fellow competitors Jason Baumann (Boxless Media), Mike Doerr (A Sound Education), Doug Fiala (Douglas Auto Body), Hector Freytas (RBHS principal), Charles Hitzeman (Hitzeman Funeral Home), Annette Pardun (Fill My Jar), Aaron Pesek (Beach Ave. BBQ), Abby Snow (Brennan Massage & Spa) and Mary Vasquez (Mary’s Morning Mix-Up).

Their dances were choreographed by Brookfield resident Teresa Swanson, owner of Sway Dance Studio in Chicago. Professional dancers from Sway — Aynsley Parker, Alejandro Cruz and Sophia Papadopoulos — were paired up with the contestants who each performed one number on stage before a panel of three judges, Swanson, Mary Vyskocil and Landmark editor Bob Uphues.

In the end, judges were swayed (if you will) by Borzym’s number, set to the jubilant sounds of Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” and performed just two days after Borzym’s first round of chemotherapy treatment for the prostate cancer that reappeared recently after he underwent successful radiation treatments in 2021.