Co-Owner of Van’s Lumber and Custom Builders Tries his Luck on the Hardwood!

Kurt at one of his first lesson with Janet Gollnick at DanceSport of Green Bay

Hey there—I’m Kurt Vandenhouten, Co-Owner of Van’s Lumber and Custom Builders.  I’m just a regular guy with a lovely wife, Marci, and three great kids—Riley (7), Delaney (5), and Carson (4).  I like to kick back at my cottage on Shawano Lake or just cruise around the lake on the pontoon boat.  Certainly taking in a Packers game with a nice cold beer is a fall favorite, and I don’t mind getting together with some buddies for a round or two of golf.  Overall, I’d say my life’s pretty tame.

So I guess that begs the question:  What on earth is a guy like me doing on a local version of Dancing with the Stars?  I’m trying to step outside my comfort zone and take on a new challenge.  Plus, my wife and kids can’t wait to see me embarrass myself a little on the dance floor.

My first dancing recollection was my mom—God bless her heart—signing me up for break-dancing lessons at the Boys & Girls Club when I was about eleven.  I’m proud to say I mastered “The Worm” and let me tell you, anytime Will Smith or MC Hammer blasted through the speakers at weddings, I was the hit of the dance floor.  I guess those lessons were good for something, Mom!

I suppose it isn’t surprising, then, to say that my dream dance partner would be Paula Abdul.  I think I’d be a great Skat Cat opposite Paula in a remake of “Opposite’s Attract.”  And if Paula’s gets too loopy on the dance floor, I’d gladly push her aside for a quick Viennese Waltz with Erin Andrews—she knows sports, and she knows dancing.  Just the kind of dance partner I could get on-board with!

In all seriousness, I’m proud to be a part of this event because of its connection with the Red Cross.  I’m always hearing about the great things they do, both locally and abroad.  Although I sit on the board for UW-Green Bay Phoenix Fund, my involvement with a Red Cross project stretches beyond my community, and I’m happy to help give them additional recognition and support.

6 thoughts on “Co-Owner of Van’s Lumber and Custom Builders Tries his Luck on the Hardwood!

  1. Lookin’ good-those father daughter wedding dances will be a breeze after this. Looking forward to watching you cut a rug for such a great cause.
    Best of luck.

  2. I actually have Kurt on video doing the worm at our wedding. We knew back then that Kurt was destined for the BIG TIME!!! Way to be brave Kurt!

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