Blake Abshire Humphrey Automotive, Robin Sanders, Jacob Abshire Blake works for the City of Anderson in the Light and Power Department Full-time as well as Primerica Part-time (helping families make money, save money, and get out of debt faster). Many family members support Blake in his dancing endeavor including... Regina (Mom) and Ed Leonard (Step Dad)... Jacob (Dad) and Missy Abshire (Step Mom)... Trevor (Brother), Katie (Sister in law), Kaeden (Nephew), Abram (Nephew), and Everlee Abshire (Niece... Adam, Abram (Step Brother), and Alexa Morris (Step Sister). Blake was born and raised in Anderson and currently resides in his hometown. " I'm honored to have the opportunity to be involved in this event to help raise funds for the historical Paramount Theatre, I also consider this an opportunity to show people that you don't have to necessarily be a professional to be involved to have a great time!" Ashley Thompson Ashley studied in several types of dance she was the age of 4. She started in Ballet classes, which she continued for 10 years. In High School, she joined color guard which combined elements of ballet, jazz, hip hop and modern styles of dance. Once she started college at Ball State University, she joined the Ball State Swing Society learning East Coast, Lindy Hop, and Blues partner dancing styles. A short time after that, she joined the Cardinal Ballroom, Ball State's ballroom dance club. Ashley began competing as an amateur collegiate performer in smooth and rhythm styles.
Jennifer Bailey Hancock Eye Associates, Jennifer Bailey O.D. Jennifer Bailey practices Optometry at Hancock Eye Associates. She loves providing ocular health care and helping her patients see more clearly. Since 2007, she has been Co-chair of Indiana Special Olympics Opening Eyes. The Summer Games in TerreHaute are the venue and hundreds of athletes are screened and provided with needed eyewear. Jennifer enjoys volunteering at Pendleton Christian Church where she attends. Spending time outdoors or baking are the ways she resets. Jennifer is most proud of her two sons, David and Ian.
Rob Jenkins Rob Jenkins is happy to be a part of the Anderson Paramount Dancing Like the Stars contest. He holds a degree in Anthropology from IU, but after college his love of dance drew him to become a ballroom dance instructor which he has now done full time since 1999. For five of those years, Rob danced in professional ballroom competition with his wife Melissa. He competed in the smooth division, but he is also proficient in all styles of ballroom as well as salsa and Argentine tango. He has also been a student of the Alexander Technique for over a decade. Outside of dance, Rob enjoys reading and gardening, and his great passion is taking care of his recently adopted daughter with his wife. Now, he has a new passion which is doing everything he can to help his partner Jennifer win this contest!!!
Marlene Carey St. Vincent Anderson When Marlene Carey was in her early 20s, she told her friends she’d never marry a man who couldn’t dance. While she hadn’t had formal dance training, she loved the dancing opportunities she had in high school choir and theatre, and her Ball Room Dancing and Tap classes in college. While serving as an intern for a Congressman in Washington, DC, she had an opportunity to ballroom dance with a friend who was an accomplished dancer. Then she met Rick, a guy who had no interest in dancing, but literally swept her off her feet. Rick introduced her to his love for fun activities, like hot air ballooning, spelunking, hiking, camping, traveling, and the Grand Tetons—where they were married 37 years ago. Rick and Marlene have a daughter and son-in law, Cayla and Adam Truman, and two grandchildren, Acelyn, nearly age 4, and Beckett, age 2. She and Rick love working together on projects in the old farm house they remodeled, scouting out new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends. Marlene has spent her entire career in healthcare marketing. Beginning at St. Vincent in Indianapolis after earning her degree in journalism, public relations and radio/TV from Ball State, she spent 7 years at the Indianapolis hospital before joining Saint John’s Health System in Anderson as Vice President of Corporate Communications. During her 32 years there, she has led marketing, communications and community affairs, the Printing Center, the Foundation for 10 years, served as the marketing lead at St. Vincent Fishers for a period of time, and most recently was promoted to Regional Marketing Officer over St. Vincent hospitals in Anderson, Elwood and Winchester. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a former Athena Award winner. Marlene got a small taste of dancing again when Cayla was young as the two participated together in 4-H clogging lessons. She and Rick took Ballroom Dancing lessons at the Paramount several years ago. She is excited to participate in Dancing Like the Stars with partner Ed Godby-Schwab—not just for the opportunity to experience dancing again, but also because of her love for the Paramount. As a lifelong resident of Madison County, living in Anderson the past 37 years, she is honored to participate in this small way in supporting this beautiful historic jewel. Ed Godby-Schwab Ed Godby-Schwab received a full scholarship from Lynnette Jordan Schisla's, The Dance Center at age 13. He studied Jazz, Ballet and Modern dance at The Dance Center and went on to study Ballroom dance from the Mason and Bush School of Dance, several years later. Ed’s over 40 years of dance experience also includes studying with Luigi in NYC, Jack Copeland at Butler University, and Robyn Wilson from Dance Kaleidoscope. He has also choreographed Off Broadway in NYC, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at I.U.P.U.I. As an independent dance instructor, Ed offers private and group lessons at his own studio, The Dance Center in Lapel, the Fishers YMCA and various other facilities in central Indiana, such as The Continental Dance Club and USA Dance. Previously, Ed was an Adjunct Instructor for Christel House Academy South, Watanabe High School, where he taught Ballroom, Jazz and Choreography for four years. He found watching his students’ confidence grow through dance, extremely rewarding. Ed has participated in Paramount's Dancing Like the Stars event for the past seven years. He has been a past Judge's Choice Award recipient and has served on the DWTS planning committee. He has also participated in the Hamilton County Meals On Wheels Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser for the past three years and has won the Judge's Choice, People's Choice, and Runner Up awards. Ed truly enjoys the experience of teaching his celebrity partners and watching them grow in skill and confidence from the first day to the final performance.
Brian Cuneo My name is Brian Cuneo I was born and raised in Alexandria where I currently reside with my lovely wife Malinda and our 4 kids Hunter (15), Chloe (14), Carson (12), and Avery (10). I am a firefighter/ Paramedic for the city of Alexandria where I currently serve as Fire Chief. I am involved in many organizations and currently serve as president of the board for the Alexandria Community Center. In my spare time I enjoy helping and attending with my children’s extra curricular activities. I also enjoy golfing and auto racing and supporting Alexandria athletics. I also serve on the Holmatro Safety team for the Indy Car racing series. I am really looking forward to this event and help raise as much money as possible.
Diana Miller Diana rediscovered her childhood love of dance nine 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, becoming his dance and teaching partner. As an independent instructor, Diana offers both group and private lessons in American Smooth and Rhythm dances at The Dance Center in Lapel, the Fishers YMCA, and various other local venues and dance clubs, including Continental Dance Club and USA Dance. Previously, Diana spent four years teaching at Christel House Watanabe High School where she had the privilege of helping her young students develop the life skills of respect, teamwork, self-confidence, and trust through dance. She particularly enjoys teaching new dancers and helping them discover their own passion for dance. When not teaching, Diana's three teenage sons keep her on her toes, off the dancefloor! This is Diana's fifth year participating in the Anderson Paramount Theatre’s DLTS fundraiser. She and her partner won the Audience Choice and Judge's Choice awards during her first year. She has also participated in the Hamilton County Meals On Wheels Dancing with Our Stars fundraising event for the past three years, winning the People’s Choice Award with her partner, this past September. While she always enjoys a little friendly competition, Diana's biggest reward from partaking in these events, has been meeting and working with so many kind and generous people, all coming together to benefit a great cause!
Greg Granger Greg has been married to Lori Granger, a Southern Belle from Roanoke, Va. They are proud parents of two precious daughters, Maddison (16) and Hayley (14). He is currently in his 5th year as Principal at Frankton JR/SR High School where his daughter Maddison is a Junior. He wife is Treasurer at Lapel Middle School and Hayley is a Freshman at Lapel High School. He and his wife are both graduates of Anderson University, where he also completed his Master's Degree in Administration. Greg's family is looks forward to giving back to the schools and communities as often as possible. His daughters have been a part of many teams and organizations that have done fundraising or community service. Maddison is currently a member of the Youth Leadership Academy of Madison County. Personally, Greg has been a part of the Adult Leadership of Madison County and other county agencies. Professionally, he is an active member of IASP, Indiana Association of School Principles. When possible his family enjoys their time in Myrtle Beach or Gatlinburg!!
Kathleen Ilo Kathleen Ilo has been dancing for 17 years. She and partner Jonas Kazlauskas are United States Professional 10-Dance Champions, United Kingdom Professional 10-Dance Champions, 2x Professional World 10-Dance Finalists, and World Classic Showdance Finalists. She won the 2015 Paramount DLTS judges choice award with her celebrity partner, as well as Riley Children's Hospital Reason to Dance 2016 Judges Choice and Kids Choice with her celebrity partner. She is available for shows, coaching, and private lessons at IndianapolisDanceLessons.com at Starlite Ballroom.
Rob Hayes Community Hospital Anderson Rob Hayes is the Director of Plant Operations at Community Hospital Anderson, where he has worked for 24 years. He has been married to Lisa for 6 years and combined have four daughters and two grandchildren. His favorite activities include golf, camping, and Texas hold’em poker. Born in Huntington, Indiana and raised in Muncie, Rob graduated Delta High School and is a graduate of Anderson University. Rob is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Academy of Madison County when he first toured the Paramount while volunteering at the Festival of Trees. “I had heard from many people that I needed to go see it and I was impressed, so much so, I wrote an essay for college about the Paramount. The Paramount Theater is an important part of Anderson, so although I do not have any dancing experience, I thought Dancing Like the Stars was a great event to particiapate.” Natasha Cox As an old soul inside of a young body, Natasha has been called to the floors of dancing for several years. First stepping foot into a ballroom for an attempt at the tango, she was introduced to and immediately fell in love with the other dances. Specializing in waltz, foxtrot, rhumba, cha-cha, hustle, swing, salsa, and more, Natasha has been teaching ballroom dancing for as long as she has been a student. She has had personal coaching and training from John Berry (local), Raphael Cologne, Ana Marie Chacon, Wilson Barrera and his wife Elizabeth Cartier, and other world renowned coaches and world champion dancers. Her return to the event "Dancing Like the Stars", held each year in January, Natasha last performed a rhumba with one of her students at the Paramount Theatre located in Anderson, IN, and a swing with another student for the Meals on Wheels Event, to name two. Natasha plans to continue dancing for the rest of her life, as long as her body ables, and to travel across the world to have a taste of what dance is like in all of the other countries. The origin of dance is what really makes her fall in love with dancing, and of course the connection with dance altogether. Natasha teaches private lessons in both smooth and rhythm dances for singles, couples, groups and for wedding couples. Her goal is not only to continue to develop in her dancing but to bring out the inner dancer in each of her students.
Skye Huff Kevin and Skye Huff Skye Huff is the managing owner of MUGS Coffee and Tea Company in Madison County. MUGS is an independent Artisan Coffee Roasting company and Specialty Tea provider. Born and raised in Anderson, Ms. Huff graduated from Highland High School and attended Anderson University where she met her husband, Kevin Huff. After getting married Kevin and Skye left for more adventures, and then returned to Anderson in 2007 with their two children to start businesses and help the community where they could. Kevin and Skye started their corporate training company, Sales Artists, in 2009 and then opened MUGS in 2011. In addition to being entrepreneurs and parents, both regularly volunteer their time to the community and ministries. Skye is the Vice President of the local Habitat for Humanity of Madison County Board of Directors and is also active in Anderson Tri-Kappa Service organization and the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also serves on the commission for the Madison County Visitors Bureau, and provides mentoring to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy through the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. She is a former Girl Scout leader of five years and helped run the Anderson Girl Scout Service unit for two years. Skye, Kevin and family attend Bethany Christian Church.
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Erin Jennings krM Architecture+ Erin Jennings is a Registered Interior Designer and Graduate Architect at krM Architecture. She is also a team leader and business mentor with Premier Designs. Born in Vermont, Erin has lived in Indiana most of her life. While her secondary education studies took her to Ball State University (undergraduate) and SUNY Buffalo (graduate), Erin has maintained a love and passion for dance. Her experience includes competitive dance team at both the high school and college level, studio dance instructing, and dance team coaching. She has over 30 years of dance experience in performing and instructing. She has also performed for a national audience of more than 10,000 people, as part of the Premier Designs Rally Performers (Dallas, TX), for the past four years. She has been practicing in the architecture and design industry for collectively 11 years, while being involved in the local and regional community. Erin has previously served on the International Interior Design Association Board (Indiana Chapter) and the Architecture for Humanity (Indianapolis Chapter) Board. She is a current member of IIDA Indiana, American Institute of Architects, and co-leads the Fishers Events Go Team at iTown Church. She is incredibly passionate about continued support to the visual and supporting arts, and she is thrilled for this opportunity! Erin is married to her husband, Ben, and is so thankful for his continued support and understanding of all of her endeavors. She gives a special shout out to all of her friends, family, and industry colleagues for their generous support and donations during this process. Erin also thanks krM Architecture for allowing her the opportunity to represent the firm in this awesome community event, supporting one of the most fantastic places in Downtown Anderson!
Xavier Medina Xavier Medina (October 15,1988), Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Dancer Originally from Marion, Indiana Xavier Medina studied dance at the Community School of the Arts in downtown Marion. There he studied variety of dances including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, and Hip Hop under many great talented instructors including Jamie Bragg, Matt Cady, and Mark Goodman up until 2007 when he graduated high school. However, the longest standing dance style he has thrived and continued to learn was International Style Ballroom for an upcoming thirteen years. He has continued his studies through the Contemporary Modern program at Indiana University studying under Sherilyn Folley, Selene Carter, Roberta Wong, and Elizabeth Shea. There he had founded the Indiana University Ballroom Dance Company which has continued perform at various venues around the University, from Greek philanthropies to variety shows. While continuing his studies and career at IUPUI, he is happy to continue sharing his experience and growth through teaching at Riolo Dance Studio. Some of his more recent accomplishments include: (2008-2009) - Choreographer and Director of Flores de Samba Dance Company, a Brazilian style dance company that included learning the cultures of Brazilian culture and language as well as learning the art of traditional Brazilian Samba dance. (2009-2011) – Music editor, Lighting master, and company member of Hip Hop Connxion, a Hip Hop dance company based out of Chicago, Illinois, supervised under the executive director and founder Suave Connxion. Hip Hop Connxion has many college side branches including, Boston University, Michigan University, and Indiana University, which focuses on student based choreography and teamwork within the dance company. (2010-2012) - Director and founder of the IU Ballroom Dance Company, also known as the IU Formation Dance Team, within the student group IU Ballroom Dance Club. This company focus on team based performances throughout the university campus with emphasis on ballroom dancing but also includes other styles including Jazz and Hip Hop. (2014-2015) – Performed for the Hamilton County “Dancing Like the Stars” for the “Meals on Wheels” charity venue presented by St. Vincent Hospital. (2015-2016) – Performed for the Anderson, IN, Paramount Theater production of “Dancing Like the Stars” fundraiser.
Ra'Lynn Kelley Indiana native, Kelley is a 2008 graduate of Ball State University where she received a B.A. in Telecommunications with a focus in marketing and promotions. Enjoying a rich history of community service in Anderson and Madison County, Kelley was taught to pay it forward from a very early age. As a young child she worked with her grandmother, Vesta Kelley in an annual holiday food giveaway initiative, providing holiday meals to the less fortunate within the community. As a student at Liberty Christian, she participated in various charitable initiatives and in high school, she engaged in community service at the Madison County Community Health Centers. As a junior at Ball State, Kelley received recognition from Senator Richard Lugar for her distinguished community service to a statewide healthy marriage and family initiative. Kelley has always had a love for the arts and was an active participant in city and school choirs as well as band. She is most proud of the distinguished honor as the first and only African American female drum major in the history of Highland High School’s marching band, the Marching Highlanders. Kelley received her Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in marketing from Anderson University in 2015 and currently is continuing her love for the arts as a graphic designer in the marketing department at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. “I’m excited to do something I love which will help raise funds for a cause I truly believe changes the world for the better: the arts. The Historic Paramount Theatre is a crucial part of Anderson's community, and I look forward to being a part of an event that helps ensure that we keep this historical building open and thriving.” Chase Thompson Chase is an accomplished collegiate dancer with multiple bronze finalists as well as 1st and 2nd place achievements in NDCA silver, gold open rhythm. Rhythm is Chas's favorite style. He says it makes him feel ALIVE. He is constantly inspired by movement and music. Music fits into his personality and it his goal to achieve. Chase is a US champion in Rhythm. He is experienced as a dancer and competed with Ball State from 2009-2016. He actively competes in Open Rhythm in the NDCA events.
Kristin Lennis Hudson Rentals & Miller's Cabinetry Design At a very young age, Kristin Lennis started dance lessons at Lou Ann Young’s Dance Studio. Soon after she was taking ballet classes and joined the Young Ballet Theatre Troupe. She spent many of evening learning tap, ballet, acrobats, jazz, and baton. Her love for dancing began to become expensive and so she assisted with classes to cover her own. By her early teens, she was teaching preschool and adult classes. During high school she joined the Marching Band of Pirates flag core and majorettes. One of her most memorable high school moments was winning first place at the 1980 Indiana State Fair Band Day. Kristin is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in public relations. She immediately began working at Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), working with notable drivers such as Mario Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Emerson Fittipaldi, Dan Weldon, James Hinchcliffe, Danica Patrick and many others. She was very fortunate to travel with the race series nationally and internationally. However, she missed being home in Anderson and took a position with Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. Kristin started in relationship marketing as a host in 2008 and was quickly promoted to an Executive Host. After eight years she decided it was time for something new and moved over to the entertainment side of Hoosier Park. She is currently the entertainment manager, working with such notable bands as ZZ Top, Chicago, Commodores, Gene Simmons, Billy Currington and several local and regional musicians. Kristin met Gary Condon, Assistant Battalion Chief of the Anderson Fire Department, in the summer of 2013 and they have been laughing every day since. They have three daughters, Brie Condon, Bryn Condon and Kayla Purciful with husband Monte. In addition, they have two granddaughters, Kaystin and Kacee, with one more granddaughter due at the end of the year. When they are not with the granddaughters, they are usually enjoying a concert or Chicago Cubs game. In 2007, Kristin worked part-time at the Paramount Theatre as the ballroom manager. It was such a fun job and she fell in love with the theatre’s history and architecture. She is excited to support a beautiful venue that brings back many cherished memories to so many people. Suresh Nair Suresh has been dancing and competing in amateur circles for about 20 years, steadily rising in proficiency. He and wife Lauren recently won the Open International Standar Grand Challenge. They have placed on top of every competition they have competed in. They placed 2nd in the Standard Pre-championship division at the Derby City Dancesport Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky last year. His home away from home is Starlite Ballroom & Dance School, 5720 Guion Rd, Indianapolis IN 46254 (www.indianapolisdancelessons.com) where he teaches. He is the winnter of the audience choice award for the 2016 Dancing Like the Stars Competition and this is his 4th DLTS event.
Samantha Pancol City Of Anderson Born and raised in Anderson, Pancol is a 2017 graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and public relations. During her time at Ball State, she was a member of the NewLink Indiana staff where she was responsible for daily reporting and video journalism for station’s broadcast area. Pancol currently holds the position of Media Affair’s Director and Public Information Officer for the City of Anderson. During her educational training, Pancol also served as a marketing intern for Hoosier Park Racing and Casino where she was responsible for website content development and social media. In addition to her professional experience, she has extensive volunteer experience and has helped to raise over $10,000 for the Miracle Foundation, an organization that supports an orphanage in India where she has also traveled to serve as a volunteer. During her time at Ball State University, Pancol was a member of the University Singers and has sung professionally at King’s Island Amusement Park in Ohio and in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Hollywood Florida. “Anderson is my home and I love doing events like this to support my community,” Pancol says. “The Historical Paramount Theatre is a very important part of my childhood. I remember being in the nutcracker and going to shows at the paramount. The inspiration of this theatre has been instrumental in making me the woman I am today and I am so thankful for the opportunity to give back." Scott Shook Scott is a certified, award-winning instructor, teaching for over 28years in Indianapolis area. He teaches Rhythm, Smooth, Ballroom and Latin styles, all levels, including Country Western. Scott met his wife, Yulia, in 2000 and have been competing with her in professional American Smooth and International Ballroom since 2004. Their numerous top 3 finishes throughout Midwest Rising Star and Open Professional styles, include 2nd in open professional Indiana Challenge, 2nd in Cincinnati Ballroom Classic Rising Star and open professional divisions, and most recently 1st in North American Imperial Star, Rising Star Standard division, and 3rd at Indianapolis Open Dancesport in Professional Standard division, as well as 3rd in Rising Star Standard at the same competition. They can be contacted via email at email@example.com or by phone at 317-294-2749.
LaKoya Rochell Ivy Tech Community College Mrs. LaKoya Rochell serves as the Executive Director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech Community College -East Central Region. In this capacity, she is able to impact the entire student body by raising scholarships funds, endowments, and new building facilities through the spirit of philanthropy. Prior to her current role as the Executive Director of Resource Develop, she served as an Academic Advisor and Campus Office Coordinator for Ivy Tech Community College- Anderson Campus. She received her Bachelors of General Studies from IUPUI and her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan. She is involved in numerous organizations across East Central Region. She is the Curriculum Chairperson for the Cotillion Beautillion Militaire in Anderson, designed especially for African American graduating High School seniors. This program serves to aid our young women and men to see themselves as leaders in our community, state, and nation. She is a member of the Muncie Rotary Club, Women in Philanthropy, FAB, Anderson Education Foundation Board Member, AAYC Board Member, and the Human Relations Council Member. She has been named the 2016 “Great Expectations” Recipient through the Boy Scouts of America- Madison County. She is involved in her church, Allen Chapel AME-Anderson, where she is currently the 4th District 3rd Vice- President of the Women’s Missionary Society. While in these positions she has had the privilege of working with young women between the ages of 19-40. She has truly enjoyed the experience as she’s been able to direct these women to God. She resides in Anderson, IN with her husband, Bruce Rochell of 8 years, and two beautiful children, Kanye and Essence Rochell.
Jonas Kazlauskas Jonas Kazlauskas has been dancing for 21 years. He and partner Kathleen Ilo are United States 10-Dance Champions, United Kingdom 10-Dance Champions, 2 times World Professional 10-Dance finalists and Classical Showdance World Finalists. Jonas has performed at many different dance exhibitions all around the world. He also finished Performing Art Dance Degree in England. He is available for shows, coaching and private lesson at IndianapolisDanceLessons.com located at Starlite Ballroom.
Teagil Stonewall Victory Honda Tealgil is a 2014 graduate from Saint Josephs College in which he received a B.A in Sports Management. At his time at SJC, he served on the Men’s basketball team and was voted team captain by his coaches and teammates. Born and raised in Anderson, Tealgil attended Anderson Highland. As a student at Highland, he worked in the community for the Anderson Parks Department and served on the Character Counts committee. Tealgil has always had a passion for art and music. He currently is a signed/published model for Helen Wells Agency (Indianapolis). He has worked with many fashion directors all over the Midwest. His creativity has lead him to created his own wine brand called LEVO by Tealgil which is headline by AboutSoiree LLC (Cincinatti). “I’m truly excited to do something that brings positivity to the city of Anderson. The Historic Paramount Theather is very important to the city of Anderson, and I look forward to making sure these doors stay open for many years to come.”
Kristin Motz Rivera Kristen Motz began dance at age 3 including Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She took Modern dance classes at Purdue and danced with the Jahari Dance Troupe (African Dance) at Purdue University from 2001-2003. In 2003, she cheered for the Indianapolis Colts. She has been a dance instructor in Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. She currently teaches private lessons at Riolo Dance Studio. This is her 3rd DLTS competition.
Briana Vieke Jay McLauglin, Carol McLaughlin & Jay Mallernee Painting Briana “Bri” Vieke was born, raised, and currently resides in Madison County, Indiana. She studied Health Science at Ball State University and works as a consultant for a pharmaceutical company that specializes in rare disease. Briana is married to John, who is a deputy on the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and they have a beautiful daughter, Emma. Briana is very passionate about the Madison County community. She is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Academy, serves on the Community Chef’s event committee and volunteers for various service organizations. She currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Anderson Young Ballet Theatre. Briana is very excited to participate in Dancing Like the Stars. She has loved the Paramount Theatre since she attended an event there when she was a little girl. She is honored to be a part of raising awareness and funds to preserve the beauty, architecture, and history of this one of a kind venue. In her spare time, Briana enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending her daughter’s extra-curricular activities, reading, riding motorcycles, playing softball, and laughing A LOT!
Eric Byers Eric Byers is a West Coast Swing dance instructor from Indianapolis, Indiana. Eric teaches at one of the best dance venues in the Midwest located in downtown Indy at Riolo Dance. The evolution of West Coast Swing has allowed dancers to freely, creatively, and uniquely express themselves while still enhancing the connection on the dance floor. The growth and this evolving conversation between two people made it so much easier for Eric to fall in love with West Coast Swing. He has a reputation of dancing with any and every partner as well as making each dance fun, creative, and unique. Eric’s journey through dance began years back with a multitude of dance styles. He is not only an instructor, but he is a student, a fanatic, and a lover of many dance genres. Eric has had brief training in Hip Hop, Latin, and Ballroom. He infuses the connection, the rhythms, and the movements of those dances into his Swing. In 2009, he began to compete, learn, study, and teach West Coast Swing based out of the Swing Cat student organization, located on the IUPUI college campus. Eric is the reigning NASDE All-Star Jack & Jill Tour Champion. He was awarded the title for his 2016 placements on the National Association of Swing Dance Events tour around the country. Influenced by Hip Hop, Argentine Tango, and Bachata, Eric’s unique dance style has resulted in him being internationally recognized alongside some of the best West Coast Swing dancers in the world. Eric’s teaching style is very much like his dance: natural, fun, and intuitive. He creates an atmosphere that allows students to be comfortable letting loose and having fun in a relaxed and inclusive learning environment. His teaching has heavy focus on connection within the dance and the conversation that happens within the music between two partners. As he continues to study the world of dance, Eric hopes to spread his love of West Coast Swing to the world.
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Yulia Shook Yulia moved from Belarus in 1990, met husband and partner Scott in 2000. She has been teaching for around 15 years, as well as competing professionally with her husband for the last 11 years. Yulia teaches all 4 styles, Smooth, Rhythm, Ballroom and Latin, all levels. Winner of one Mirror Ball Trophy for the local Dancing Like the Stars contest. With her husband, placed numerous times in the top 3 throughout Midwest Rising Star and Open Professional, including 2nd in open pro Indiana Challenge, twice 2nd in Cincinnati Classic Rising Star and open pro, and most recently 3rd in Indianapolis Open DanceSport Professional Standard division (2014), and 1st in North American Imperial Star, Rising Star Standard division, 3rd at Indianapolis Open Dancesport in Open Professional Standard division (2015). Together, they won 1st place in Dance For Hope contest in Greenfield. Yulia is teaching for Indy Dancers for the past 8 years with her husband, Scott. Contact Yulia via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 317-294-2749.