Side Note: This video was taken on a -20 degree day. The windows might be great and let’s the sun in, but also adds a little chill to the ballroom, hence the hat and scarf Tracy is wearing!
Nashville residents Andy Davis and Jeremy Lister will be performing for one night only in a special benefit concert to raise money for the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Louisiana-born Andy Davis will bring more of his unforgettable hooks and dynamic stage presence to fans new and old when he returns to the Meyer. His musical influences range from David Wilcox to Stevie Wonder and Radiohead to Rufus Wainwright. Davis’ first album, Thinks of Her, sold out on college campuses when it released in 2004. His songs have been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, Jersey Shore, One Tree Hill, and Davis himself appeared on Drop Dead Diva, acting and performing the song “Unchained Melody.” He has worked with legendary producer Mitchell Froom to produce the albums Let the Woman and Heartbreak Yellow. His latest, Help! is the product of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, a true testament to the devotion of his fans. Davis is a prominent member of Ten Out of Tenn, a critically acclaimed collective of Nashville singer/songwriters.
Jeremy Lister appeared as part of the group Street Corner Symphony which won second place on the popular television show, The Sing-Off. Lister is perhapsbest known for his song “Set Us Free,” which was used as the theme song for season two of the MTV docu-drama World of Jenks.
We are also excited to have Naomi Khang added to this amazing line up. Naomi is the second place winner of this year’s Talent Jam, where she performed “Heartbeat” by Johnny Swim. Talent Jam is a local talent competition for high school and college students. This year, eleven acts competed on stage at the Meyer Theatre on November 2, 2013. Naomi represented West De Pere High School.
Click HERE for full event details.
Describe your first dance lesson: I was about 14, taking lessons at a church function. My partner was about 1 ½ feet taller than me and I couldn’t miss stepping on her feet. The town bully didn’t like me dancing with her (or any other girl for that matter), and picked a fight with me. He was a big guy and I wasn’t (4’8’’). He lost and I never was bullied again! Dancing must have made me quick on my feet.
Who is your dream dance partner: Jennifer Grey
Why support the American Red Cross: It is a world-wide supporter of people in crisis. They are there when we cannot be.
Hobbies or Passions: I am an avid aviator. Started when I turned 60 and haven’t looked back! I am also a proud grandfather of six (who will be taught to fly!). Reading, cigars, board gaming re-enactments, gardening, Young Eagles, church and other civic functions, Civic Air Patrol, modeling, did I mention flying?
Born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin. I grew up participating in many sports such as softball, volleyball and figure skating. Figure skating was always my passion throughout childhood. Performing in front of others and competing in front of judges, was a challenge I enjoyed! Now I will have the excitement of performing on the dance floor.
After going to college for Skin Care then Nursing, I finally decided on Business Management. During high school and college I worked for our family business, Jack’s Maintenance Service, on and off along with working for an airline. For seven years I was able to fly all over the country working at different airports and sightseeing all the cities I was visiting. As much as I enjoyed traveling I decided I wanted to have my career a little closer to home and follow my passion which was being a part of our family business. Throughout the last few years with Jack’s Maintenance Service, I have experienced positions in specific accounts, Human Resources, and Sales and Marketing. Recently became the Regional Manager after Jack’s opened a location in Green Bay.
Just within the last few months we moved to Fremont on the Wolf River, where most of my family lives currently. My daughter (5 years old) and I love being on the water seeing as one of our favorite things to do is to go boating and swimming with family. Also we love listening to the live music on the patio at some of the local restaurants in town while enjoying a nice meal. Every once in a while we may dance little as well, but I am sure it is nothing compared to what my experience with Dancing With Our Stars will be. My daughter is just as excited about me dancing this year, if not more excited than I am, so she can teach me some moves, as she says! Looking forward to being a part of an amazing event to support the American Red Cross!
Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? My first memory of dancing was when I was about 11 years old with my friend Stephanie. She invited me to her Ballet and Jazz dance class a few times and I loved it. That was when my love of dancing began.
Who is your dream dance partner? My dream dance partner I would say is Richard Gere. He was in the movie “Shall We Dance” with Jennifer Lopez, and I just love that movie. Would be a dream to dance with him, he is an amazing dancer, well at least in that movie!
Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why? I would have to say my favorite dancer of all time on DWTS absolutely is Donald Driver! I am a huge Packer fan and I have always admired Donald Driver’s enthusiasm and drive on the field. When he took that to the dance floor my eyes were glued to the TV every show!
Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? Supporting the American Red Cross throughout the years has been very important to my family and myself. I have seen firsthand how the Red Cross has helped out in our community and along with many other communities. Having the American Red Cross as a resource in our community is a must and I encourage everyone to continue to support them because I know I will!
Hobbies or passions:
- Family and Friends
- Listening to Live Music – enjoy local bands I can go out and dance to but also acoustic music I can sit and listen to while having a nice dinner
- Boating – love to spend my summers on the water
- Hunting – mostly deer hunting
- Aerosmith – definitely my favorite band since I was a child!
- Green Bay Packers!! – love football season
By DWOS 14 Dancer, Jody Weyers
It is December 1st – most people are thinking 24 days until Christmas, not me, I am thinking 75 days before Dancing with Our Stars! We are at the half-way point. Since October 1st, I have been dancing twice a week, for an hour at a time.
As I reflect back on the last two months, I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. As Sean Sanders, DWOS 2013 dancer, said at our kick-off party, it is amazing how much you can fit in a day and to enjoy the journey.
That is what I have been trying to do. I have been going nonstop since the kick-off. Work, dance, working-out and fundraising….it is exhausting, but also exhilarating. It is humbling how generous and supportive everyone has been and continues to be.
It is definitely a journey. A journey I am proud to take, with my ten other DWOS14 Stars, and all of our Stars of past to support a cause near and dear to me. Here are some of the highlights over the past two months:
1. Jim Rivett’s Mirrorball Party! He knows how to through one heck of a party, and one that will be talked about for years to come. If you missed it, click HERE to see pics.
2. Challenging my mind and body. Yes, I can “shake it” with the best of them at a concert or bar, but ballroom dancing is a whole different animal. If my head and thoughts are anywhere else, but in the studio, it is not going to be a good dance day. Dancing has been teaching me how to focus better, on and off the floor.
3. The camaraderie that has grown with my fellow dancers, their families, and our pro dancers! Yes, it is a competition, but bottom line, we are all there to support each other and to raise money for an amazing cause.
4. Helping me build greater confidence. I am not a size 2, nor do I have to be or ever will be. Dancing is teaching me to appreciate my body just the way it is. I think it is amazing that Amber Riley, took home the Mirrorball this year for the Dancing with the Stars show. She was full of spunk, personality and not a size two. Spunk & personality is what I am trying to channel in my two dances – tango & cha cha.
I look forward to what the next two months has in store, and will continue to enjoy this amazing (but difficult) journey. Thank you Michael for being an amazing and supportive dance partner in all of this.
“We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”
― Gloria Gaither
I’ve done the Jacksonport Polar Plunge MORE THAN ONCE!
I cry at the end of The Natural, every time I see it.
I’ve been to Tonga. They sell beer at the hardware store but not the liquor store. Makes sense to me.
I’m terrified of bats, and of flying, and of dancing in front of large groups of people.
I once read James Joyce’s “Ulysses” and “The Companion to James Joyce’s Ulysses” simultaneously over a 6 month period.
My favorite bands are Cake, Sublime, the Foo Fighters, and I’m going through a Black Sabbath renaissance.
I once crewed on a tall ship for three months. When I got off the boat I had working man hands, Popeye forearms, and a ridiculous beard.
I’m secretly mortified at all this talking about myself, but hey, it’s a bio!
Get to know Susie Beverstein:
I met my husband of 41 years, Rick, while we were “Parkies” at Webster Park. Together we have three wonderful daughters, three marvelous sons-in-law, and the frosting, three darling grandchildren, with #4 on the way. We embrace any opportunity to be with our girls and their families; we love live theatre performances and dancing to orchestra music, road trips and recorded books, bay side living and wine on the wharf, a fabulous circle of friends, and like so many of you, being supporters of, and cheerleaders for, this great community.
In 2005, Rick and I thought it would be a good idea to take a few dance lessons before a daughter’s wedding. In about 60 minutes, we were hooked!, and have been taking weekly lessons ever since. As a preschooler, my mom enrolled me in Vesper Chamberlain’s dance studio, which was located in the former Women’s Club building, located on Walnut Street, next to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. I recall being in a Kitty Cat routine performed on the stage of the Bay Theatre!
My favorite dance partner is my husband Rick. Never the shy one, Rick is a terrific lead, and he has an affinity for remembering steps! However, I wouldn’t mind a spin around the floor with Donald Driver or Derek Hough!
My family has had a long history of being Red Cross blood donors. Both my father and I have a blood type that is often in short supply, and while my dad is way beyond the 10 Gallon Club, I am still working towards that marker. As a couple, we are humbled by the selfless, tireless work of this organization, and are honored to be a small part of this fund raising effort.
Get to know Rick Beverstein:
I am Susie’s husband, Rick, the father of three remarkable young women, and now “Bop” to my three grandchildren. I’m also a Senior Vice President at Aon which I joined (as the Murphy Insurance Agency) upon graduation from Marquette University in 1972.
To the list of avocations we share I’d add symphonic music, classic films and exploring by kayak our beautiful “Gathering of Waters” state.
My first real dance memories go back to the fabled “Allouez Dances” of the early 60’s…7th & 8th grade girls on one side of the gym and boys on the other until the “Ladies Choice” last song of the evening. Elvis and Can’t Help Falling in Love With You, which would last for eight minutes as “the needle” was moved back to the beginning of the record several times.
My most memorable dances, however, were with my girls; three Fathers-of-the-Bride moments I will always treasure. I’m lucky to share a life with my dream dance partner, and of course she will be my Valentine Weekend dance partner as well.
I don’t think I could pick a favorite ABC performer, but I did witness in person ESPN’s Erin Andrews (and partner Max) complete a few jaw dropping moves.
I married into a blood donor family and joined a blood donor firm; we’ve been an award winning One-A-Week organization for more than 28 years…hats off to my life saving colleagues!