I’m a 911 Communication Supervisor for Brown County Public Safety and also an EMT with Wescott EMS in Shawano County. I have committed myself to helping others by working in the public safety field for 15 years. Now I’m ready to step out onto the ballroom floor and see what magic I can create!!!
At the age of 10, my family took a vacation to Texas to visit my Aunt who was stationed in the military. One afternoon we went to the Stockyards in Fort Worth to take in the attractions. While at Billy Bob’s Dance Hall I was exposed to country line dancing and couples dancing. From that moment I was fascinated with line dancing. Once back home we saw a local ad for line dance lessons at a local establishment. I started taking lessons, which I quickly picked up.
Cheryl Burke is my dream dance partner! She is an amazing dancer and true inspiration. She has the competitive drive and passion for dance as well as a humble personality. She’s not my favorite dancer of all-time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, though. That would be Derek Hough. He is an amazing dancer and choreographer. I am in awe of his style, dedication and chemistry with his partners. He is always having a great time on the show.
HERE’s a sneak peek of Bill and his dance partner Mina of Simply Ballroom:
My passion for the dance floor has carried me through my life and around the world teaching, competing and performing. When I don’t have my dance shoes on, I enjoy exploring the outdoors through hiking, biking, kayaking, boating and road trips across the country. I have always had a love for music and enjoy the fine arts as well. I enjoy a night out on the town but have just as much fun spending an evening at home with family and friends for game nights.
The mission of the American Red Cross falls into place with my line of work. I have worked with the Red Cross hand-in-hand both on the scene of emergencies as well as in the Communication Center requesting their services for our responders and the public in the time of need. The Red Cross is always there when the public safety responders request them for their services. Dancing with Our Stars gives me the opportunity to give back to this great community organization. I am honored to be a part of such a worthy cause.
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 to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $20. All ticket proceeds benefit the American Red Cross on behalf of James Rivett who will be Dancing With Our Stars 2014.
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photo by Frievalt Photography
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?
I can’t dribble a basketball without looking at it…
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!
Tammy Elliott photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography.
I’m an early riser by trade my alarm goes off at 2:20am to get ready for Action 2 News This Morning at 4:30. But seriously I love the nightlife. I want to go where the people dance. I want some action, I want to live! Are you singing along with me yet? “I love the nightlife; I got to boogie on the disco, yeah”.
When I started writing my bio that song started running through my head. “I love the Nightlife” Alicia Bridges, circa 1978. Yes, I was alive and old enough to boogie to that beat.
So I’m hoping to polish my moves I now only show off at home during a fun time my family calls: “Friday Night Dance Party”.
“Dancing with Our Stars” will be an incredible opportunity to get into the groove and express myself in a new way!
We stopped into Simply Ballroom last night to capture star dancer, Jim Rivett & his dance partner Therese Clarke…. they were a little camera shy, not to reveal their top secret dance moves, but we succeeded in capturing part of their practice.
One thing is for sure…. FUN is a big part of their lessons! Jim needs your support on his quest to win the Fundraising Mirrorball Trophy. VOTE here!!
This is lesson number two for me with my dance partner Michael Witte, of Simply Ballroom. I must admit when our development team first came up with the “Dancing with the Stars” concept for a fundraiser, I thought, it would be fun to learn how to dance. After 10 lesson in 2009, my dance shoes have not been used since.
They are being dusted off now! I will be doing two dances. The Tango and the Cha Cha. In this video we are practicing some basic steps for the Tango. In a tango, the women’s head is to the side of her partner. I had a big issue, that every time Michael would talk to me, I would look at him. Good eye contact is great in meetings and in social setting, NOT in ballroom dancing.
You will see my arm is along the side of Michael’s head. This is not your Tango dance hold, that is so my head does not go past the line of my arm. This dancing thing is much more physical than it looks, and I am in the “easy stuff”. Try this exercise at home.
- Stand up
- Make yourself tall (not by standing on your tippy toes) lift through your rib cage.
- Now drop your shoulders
- Lift your arms in Tango Position
- And…. Don’t forget to breath…..
Not an easy task!!! This Sunday is lesson number three! Keep you posted on this journey, and please remember to VOTE (either for me or one of our other dancers) Either way the Red Cross and the community benefits but of course I prefer if you vote for me to help in my “40 for 40 campaign.
Thank you for the support.