Aymee Balison considers herself a Green Bay native, born on the far east side — just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was raised in Wyoming with stops in Utah, Montana and Madison before arriving in Green Bay 12 years ago where she found a place to call home.
“The people in Green Bay are just amazing. They are so warm and so willing to help in any situation, any time. There’s just nowhere else like the Midwest for kind, caring people.” Just ask her and she will tell you how truly special Green Bay and its people are.
Aymee and her husband David have four spirited and beautiful daughters Emma, Kate, Grace, and Lily. They are the inspiration for Aymee’s fun and funky store, Sweetpea’s, in De Pere, which she has owned for 10 years. When she’s not running around after the girls, she spends time in her various fundraising, school and board commitments.
Getting to know Aymee…
Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? My earliest recollection of dance is a bag of Barbeque potato chips straight from the vending machine. My mom used to bribe me with them every week so I would stay in dance class.
Who is your dream dance partner? My dream dance partner would have to be my grandfather, who passed away when I was 21. I would have loved to have danced with him at my wedding. His love for singing and dance brought such joy to me as a child.
Who is your favorite contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars? My favorite contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars would have to be Kate Gosselin. “Dear Lord, please make my dancing look good by comparison and if you can’t, then please have enough pity on me to help me raise a lot of money for the Red Cross.”
Why support the Red Cross with your participation? I can’t dance and this sounds really hard and potentially embarrassing, so it’s right up my alley. No, really, the Red Cross is a great organization… where do I start? Who are the first people there to help when someone, a neighborhood, a town, a state needs something? The Red Cross. Helping them help others-I’m in!
What’s your favorite song? My mom’s favorite singer was James Taylor, therefore my favorite song would be anything by James Taylor, especially “ Shower the People.”