Get to Know DWOS Community Dancer – Jen Berres-Dart

jen head shotMy life has been one exciting journey from Wisconsin to Vegas to New Orleans to New York City to Miami and then back to Wisconsin! I danced professionally in my twenties loving every exciting moment, but it was hard on my body. From there I discovered the magic of Yoga. I moved back to the area almost five years ago and own a movement studio called Jenstar Yoga & Dance in West De Pere. We offer Yoga, Dance classes for adults and a ballet-inspired fitness class called Barre. I love what my business space is creating for people. I am passionate about educating and supporting others on their wellness journey and empowering people to be confident, be bold and take chances in their lives to do the things that make them come alive! That’s my every day mission. I am an active participant in our community and often volunteer my time to do classes for local causes to raise money for them. “Dancing” for a cause is a first!

When I’m not in the studio, I have amazing friends near and far I love to spend time with and I am close with my family. “My kid” is a big chubby grey cat named Jersey.  I am a wanderlust at heart- I love to travel and get the locals’ perspective of the places I travel to. I base much of my life around food. I love fine dining and trying new cuisines! I enjoy going to the movies, live music events, getting dressed up for a night out dancing or the flip side- living the quiet cottage life up north and fishing! Oh and one more thing…. GO PACK GO! I am a HUGE and passionate football fan.

My parents discovered my love for dance when I was 3. I used to love going in the department store windows at the mall and dance for people walking by. I was always singing, dancing- putting on a show! I have done many styles of dance but never tried Ballroom until now.

Who is my dream dance partner? I’m married to him. Ryan Dart! On any given night if my husband gets out on the dance floor and busts a move with me- my night is made. He’s the most uncoordinated dancer ever, and I love it. Makes me laugh and smile ear to ear.

My favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is Peta!  She is technically stunning and always comes up with great choreography.

I knew the American Red Cross did good things, but when I took a tour at our local Red Cross facility I was blown away with the volunteers, the facility, down to the daily operation. It’s incredible! The Red Cross not only saves lives with blood donations, but is the first one there when a disaster happens, ready to go with supplies. There will be a day that we are all affected in some way by the Red Cross. It’s the least I can do to show gratitude and raise awareness. I am honored to support the Red Cross thru this event!

Here are a couple of ways that you can show your support for Jen!

Sunday, December 6 – “Silk Sunday” @ Proof from 10:00am-2:00pm

Join my fellow De Pere business, Proof – as they host “Silky Sunday” on December 6th from 10am-2pm with a great brunch menu! The best part is you get to dress in your Sundays best…. your pajamas. A portion of proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Click HERE to see invite for more details.

Tuesday, December 8th – “The RED PARTY” @ Badger State Brewing from 5:30pm-9:00pm 

PS….. Also be sure to wish Jen a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Dec 8th!!!!!

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Get to Know DWOS Community Star Dancer – Marty Williams

i-xnbwCfs-XLI am a general dentist and as of 2015 celebrating 30 years in practice! It seems like a long time, but I feel like I am just getting started and have much more to give.

My wife and I have been married for 29 years. She helps me with the business side of my practice and is very involved with tennis in the area. We have three children. Our oldest daughter recently accepted a position as a clinical pharmacist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Our middle daughter is in grad school in St. Louis for Occupational Therapy. And our youngest son is a sophomore at UW-La Crosse.

My passions are dentistry, dancing, boat driving, photography and golf. The funny thing is dancing was something I never did until four years ago. I used to be very active in water skiing, barefooting, snow skiing and soccer. But I had an incident that changed all that eight years ago. I was playing in an adult soccer league and got hit in the chest with a close range shot on goal. When I came to, I couldn’t move anything or feel anything from my neck down to my toes. I ended up with two cervical fusions in my neck. After that I gave up all of my high impact activities to protect the rest of my neck.

Then about four years ago while at a dental meeting I was “dancing” at one of the evening socials and decided I’d like to learn to dance better. When I returned it just so happened that there was a class at the local tennis club being taught by none other than Michael Witte! My wife doesn’t care to dance and so I started doing some competing and have enjoyed it since. So I have to give Michael a lot of credit for helping me get involved with dancing. Between dancing and my boat driving it helps to feed that need for an adrenaline rush and competition, both of which I still crave despite the neck injury!

i-NKbjtQn-XLI think it would be really awesome to dance with Peta Murgatroyd. She is my favorite female dancer on “Dancing with the Stars”. After all she did win with Donald Driver. I think she is a really great dancer and she is an “Aussie”!

I was born and raised in Green Bay and have practiced here my entire career and raised my family here. The American Red Cross has been here also and they do so many things to support people in times of need. This is a tremendous opportunity to help give back in a small way to the Red Cross and our community. And I also get to do something that I am passionate about!

Get to Know Both Sides of DWOS Community Dancer – Zeb Metzler

IMG_4615I am a Learning & Development Specialist for Innovative Services where I teach people to work with individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, challenging behaviors as well as youth & family services. I grew up on the stage and have a passion for music, theatre and the arts!  I also play the piano and have always dreamed of being a ballroom dancer like the professionals you see on TV! Performing is something that is in my blood and there is no bigger rush than being on stage under the spotlight!  I also enjoy traveling, kayaking, amusement parks, cooking and spending time with family and friends.  I am living life with my partner of eight years and our three fur-children (German Shepherd, Jack Russell and a fat cat) in our little house on a lake! I wake up each day knowing that even though my life may not be what I dreamed it would be, life is good and I am grateful for all that I have in my life and that I am making a difference in the lives of others.  For me, making a difference is the highest form of art.

I was the kid who was ALWAYS dancing around, pretending to be a figure skater by “skating” around the linoleum floors in my socks! My first bit of choreography came in first grade during a talent show where I sang “Somewhere Out There” and rocked some complicated arm movements!

My dream dance partner would have to be Channing Tatum…for obvious reasons!

I have many favorites on Dancing with the Stars…Derek Hough is at the top of my list as he is an amazing choreographer and dance partner…and Cheryl Burke because she looks a bit like my cousin AND she dances with such passion! …AND Peta Murgatroyd because I won the “polka with Peta” last year and she is just a rock star on the dance floor!

I support the American Red Cross because they also make a difference in people’s lives and are always there in the time of crisis for countless families. Myself and my partner both work directly with the Red Cross through our professional careers and believe strongly in their mission and the amazing work they do.



Get to Know DWOS Community Star Dancer – Lori Dufek


I’m so excited take part this fabulous experience!

I’m a Lena native, and proud to still call this great little community my home.  My husband Charlie and I went to Kindergarten together and all the way through high school….no secrets!  We live “In God’s Country” treasuring our natural oasis, enjoying the peace and quiet after our hectic days.

We couldn’t be more proud of our greatest blessings, Nick, Ben, Eric, Emily, and Brittany as well as their spouses, Rhonda, Amber, Allison, Lance, and Nick.  And then life’s REAL greatest blessings come along…Abigale, Greyson, William, Brody, and the little sprout who’s being developed!  All of our free time revolves around trying to gather this group together as often as possible.   I’m fortunate also to have my sisters and brothers and their families, Mom (and Dad from Heaven) close and present in our lives.

I’ve been privileged through the years with some wonderful career opportunities. I was the Director of Imaging at NEW MRI Center and worked with a dynamic team for 19 years who mastered having fun everyday while using innovative technology to help people understand what was going on inside their bodies.  Nine years ago I was given the opportunity to challenge myself and step into a sales role for all of the Medical Imaging Technologies.  The reward here is that I now have friends across the world.  Every day I learn something new and make a new friend!  My employer,  NXC Imaging’s Corporate Office is in Minneapolis however I am allowed to work from the center of my territory, my Lena office!  NXC has been awarded as one  of the Star Tribune’s Top Work Places year after year due to their positive team culture, mutual respect, trust, and appreciation.  I’m really proud to be part of this team.  Our mission is Never Ordinary.   We strive to deliver impressive and spectacular service that is far superior to our competition.

Dancing has always represented great fun in my life.  The Lawrence Welk show would bring the first memory of dance,  a weekly ritual for the family. I always loved the ladies beautiful dresses, high heels, and pretty hair.  There is nothing better than a family wedding dance.  Seeing your brothers and sisters, kids and grandkids get a little crazy is a priceless experience, pure fun!  As a cheerleader in high school we also performed  “Half Time Dances”, more great memories!  My husband and I tried to take our dance moves to a higher level. We took dance lessons before the first of our children’s weddings.  We thought we were pretty good…when he let me lead!

I absolutely love watching Dancing with the Stars.  I find myself smiling the entire dance and getting into their rhythm.  My all-time favorite, hands down, is Double D, Donald Driver.  That smile says it all!  Thank you Donald, it was like we won the Super Bowl all over again!

While taking a walk one evening early this summer on our country roads my husband and I met up with our neighbors Bill and Kathie Beschta.  Bill’s eyes lit up and said that he was just thinking of me and asked if I’d consider participating in an experience of a lifetime next year.   After hearing more about this opportunity and the great purpose of this event, I had a hard time saying no.  I always taught my children to challenge themselves, so it’s hard to not stand behind what I preach!  Of course my husband agreed that this would be a great thing for me to do….easy for him to say!!!  I agreed as long as I could work with Bill and Kathie since I have the utmost admiration for their energy and grace on the dance floor.  They are such an inspirational couple to watch perform.  I appreciate their willingness and commitment to coach me through this.   A positive attribute we have going for us is that we can practice locally!

I’m proud to serve as the President of the Lena School Board.  “Small Community…..Great Opportunity” is our Mission Statement.  We believe that by promoting a strong, positive work ethic and preparing our students to become lifelong learners our students will be prepared to become responsible contributors to their local and global communities.   I’m certain that the school cafeteria may serve as home to some of our practices.  We are just a couple of Lena kids using our work ethics to contribute to our global community!!

I support the American Red Cross because of the amazing things that it does for people in need such as emergency assistance, disaster relief, and education. I am especially grateful for the transportation program which allows elderly or disabled people the opportunity to get to appointments when they have no other alternative transportation.  It all comes back to being a good neighbor.

“The Best Way to Find Yourself is to Lose Yourself in the Service of Others.”-Mahatma Gandhi