Roxanne Walker didn't win the annual Dancing with the Sunset Hills Stars competition, but the weeks of dancing rehearsals weren't all in vain: She raised $1,200 for the Apple Valley Police Athletic League.


Walker is the spokeswoman for the Hesperia station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, but has also been known to cut a rug or two in her time.


"I've danced all my life, off and on," she said Friday. "But never professionally."


Each of the 10 amateurs in the competition was paired with a professional. In her case, she was paired with Paul Peterson, an instructor at Dancetime Studios in Victorville.


The pair danced the foxtrot to "De-Lovely," by Cole Porter, and the West Coast Swing to a medley of "Take Me to the River" and "Mustang Sally."


"It was a really, really great experience," said Walker. "I enjoy dancing."


And a good thing that she does: She and Peterson rehearsed several times a week for months. And even though she didn't win, but 600 people paid $20 a vote to support her in the competition.


"I enjoyed, you know, learning some new things, learning some new steps," said Walker.


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