2019 Celebrities and Instructors
Sponsor: St. Vincent Hospital Anderson
My name is Wendy Buck. I am 43, married to Steve Buck, and we have 5 kiddos, aging from 19 to 3 years of age. We are a VERY BUSY family with one child in college, 2 playing volleyball for 2 different schools, 1 playing softball, another in gymnastics, and don't forget, the VERY ACTIVE toddler. Being a mom is the best thing ever! My kiddos are my life! I do indeed love Jesus and give HIM all the glory for my gifts and passions. Our family attends Northview Church, where we volunteer in several outreach projects and serve on the welcoming committee.
I have worked for St Vincent Anderson for 20 years. I started my career in family practice, then worked as an EMT, traveled on several medical missions trips, and finally landed my current job as an RN in the Emergency Department 10 years ago. I also serve as a Life Coach for the Spirit of Wellness Program. I take health and wellness very seriously. I have been teaching Dance Worship for over 20 years and Fitness Classes for the past 8 years. I am a NASM Fitness Instructor and I currently lead Faithfully Fit Ministry in Middletown, IN. We are a fun and energetic group, devoted to wellness and balanced living...Keeping GOD the center of all we do!
Jonas has been dancing for 19 years and had the honor of being top representative dancer for Lithuania and England throughout his Youth and Amateur dancing career. Having done big dance shows as a professional dancer/instructor/choreographer with ‘Stricly Come Dancing Stars’ and Jack Vettriano in England, he has great experience in teaching and performing.
Some of his more notable achievements include: Top 24 Professional Rising Star Latin in International Championships 2013, 3rd place in the World Amateur 10 Dance Championship, 2nd place World Youth II Latin, Finalist in Assen, Dutch Open/5th place in Under21 at Dutch Open, Semi-Finals in Blackpool and International Championships.
In England, Jonas has been actively teaching, coaching and competing with his students in Pro/Am divisions in all styles of ballroom dancing. After finishing his Performing Arts Dance Degree in Bournemouth University, Jonas moved to America to continue his dance career. He is currently dancing and competing on all major Championships in US in Professional Standard, Latin, and 10-Dance.
After just dancing 1 year together with his Professional partner Kathleen Ilo from Starlite, they made the Final in all dances and placed 5th overall at 2015 World Professional 10-Dance Championships. In 2016 they were Grand Finalists again for the second year in the row. In March 2016, Jonas with his celebrity student was the “Reason to Dance” Fundraiser for Riley Hospital Mirrorball Trophy winner. On June 24, 2017 Jonas and Kathleen placed 3rd in the World Professional Championships in Showdance division in Cervia, Italy. On Sept.6, 2017 Jonas and Kathleen became new United States Professional 10-Dance Champions.
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Sponsor: Anderson Symphony Orchestra
In his 35th year at the Anderson University School of Music, Richard Sowers is a Professor of Music and serves as the Director of Choirs. Currently he is the conductor of the AndersonUniversity Chorale and Anderson Symphonic Choir, and teaches voice and undergraduate and graduate conducting and music education classes.
Following his graduation from the Indiana University School of Music, Dr. Sowers taught junior and senior high school choral music for several years in Indiana. He holds a Master of Music
degree from Colorado State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State
University. Dr. Sowers has been married to his wife of 41 years, Nancy, a CPA in Anderson.
They have three grown children, two grandsons, and a third on the way.
Diana rediscovered her childhood love of dance twelve years ago after taking an introductory ballroom class at her local YMCA. She continued her ballroom instruction with Ed Godby-Schwab, assisting with classes and eventually forming a partnership with him as Let’s Dance-Indy. As an independent instructor, Diana offers both group and private lessons at The Dance Center in Lapel, the Fishers YMCA, Noblesville Parks, the Anderson Young Ballet Theater and various other local venues and dance clubs around Indy. She particularly enjoys teaching new dancers and helping them discover their own passion for dance.
This is her sixth year participating in the Anderson Paramount Theatre’s "Dancing Like the Stars" fundraising event, where she was a past recipient of both the Judges' Choice and People's Choice Awards. For the past five years, Diana has also participated in the Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County "Dancing With Our Stars" fundraiser, where she was awarded the People's Choice and Runners-Up Judges' Choice Awards with her past partners.
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Instructor: Kristen Motz
Charity Rees and Lindsay Montgomery are the co-founders of Aerial Fit2Fly, A fitness studio that focuses on fun excited forms of Exercise with High Intensity and Low Impact. Charity has suffered from degenerative back disease since her late twenties and had two major back surgeries by the time she was 32. With those surgeries came many limitations on physical exercise, Once she discovered Bungee Workout, that all changed. It offered a high intensity yet low impact form of exercise that is excellent for those suffering from poor joints and back pain. With that, the two stared exploring other forms of fun exercises that are geared towards people with these types of injuries. That is how Aerial Fit2Fly was formed.
They hope that their studio can make a difference in their community and in people’s lives!
Aerial Fit2Fly Instructor: Kristen Motz
Bio coming soon!
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