Get to Know our Dance Pros: Rane Cegelski; RS Ballroom Instruction

I’m very excited to be returning as a Pro-Dancer for this year’s “Dancing with Our Stars.” I’ve enjoyed meeting and working with so many amazing people throughout the years.

I was first introduced to ballroom dancing from watching “Dancing with the Stars” on TV, and got started from the local Dancing with Our Stars as a volunteer the first year.

I recently spent a few months in the Twin Cities learning and working with some of the country’s best coaches and dancers. This year will be my 9th year dancing in this event, and the first year I volunteered. When I’m not ballroom dancing I enjoy spending time with friends, family, collecting vinyl, being outdoors, and traveling.

Get to Know our Dance Pros: Arthur Murray Dance Studio – Madison

Charles Michaels is the dance director and co-franchisee of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Madison, WI. Competing with his favorite partner, his wife Sarah, he has made the finals in numerous One-Dance competitions. He has also gone on to win multiple Future Champion titles with the Arthur Murray organization. Charles and Sarah’s dog Obi is at the studio with them every day and would love to learn to dance, but is limited due to his two left feet. 

Get to Know Our Dance Pros: Ballroom by Jay

Jay Morth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of the Arts degree. He started ballroom dancing at a young age, but really started to enjoy the art of ballroom dancing his sophomore year in college at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. He has been dancing ever since and volunteered teaching at DanceSport of Green Bay from 2009 to 2012.

Jay is the owner of Ballroom by Jay, LLC, as well as working as an employee at Get Out and Dance. He has received his Bronze level of certification in all of the DVIDA American Style Dances from Valley Social’s Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Menasha. Outside of teaching, Jay spends time competing and lumberjacking.

Sunday Funday for the Red Cross

Don’t miss this event tonight in Appleton! An Amazing Evening of Fundraising! Help dancer, Kelly Wolff, raise money for The American Red Cross and the Dancing With Our Stars campaign.

Buffet food and 100% of the bar sales to be donated by Houdini’s!
Volunteer Bartenders!

Minimum $10 donation at the door: Entry includes buffet.

4:00: Doors open
4:30 – 5:30: Tricks and spins by Aerial Pole Instructors
7:00: Raffle and Silent Auction winners are announced

50:50 raffle
Silent auction – includes golf rounds at Butte des Morts Country Club, Aerial Dance Pole Party, and more!

Tax deductible donations – Ninety-one cents of every dollar we raise goes to the Red Cross services!

Get to Know DWOS All Star: Adam Rockman

I made a major life change in 2010 when I decided to leave the motorsports industry I worked in for more than 10 years to return to school to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  I graduated in 2012 and began working at Bellin Health where I am currently employed as a registered nurse (RN) in the intensive care unit (ICU).

I love my new career.  As an ICU RN, I often work with people on the worst day of their lives.  Although being an RN can be physically and emotionally exhausting, helping my patients and their families through tough times is one of the things that keeps me motivated in my job.

Originally from Escanaba, Michigan, I’ve has been living in the Green Bay area since attending St. Norbert College where I played football for the Green Knights.  I have a son named Troy and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Desmo.  We live together with my wonderful wife and DWOS teammate, Emily Matesic.

My favorite moment from my initial DWOS experience wasn’t really a moment at all.  It was the people.  This event has brought an eclectic group of people together because they all have a passion for helping people.  There are so many people involved with this event from all walks of life that are freely willing to give their time, money, services, and expertise to support the Red Cross.  I remember walking into the venue the night of the event and seeing how happy and excited everyone was.  Seeing this event come to fruition after all the months of work and preparation by so many peoples was an extraordinary feeling.

I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars because especially this last year we had all been reminded of how important the Red Cross is.  2017 seemed to be a never-ending array of natural disasters and the Red Cross was there for all of them, helping people when they need help the most.  Joining the cast of DWOS All-Stars is a way of helping that organization in a way I couldn’t do simply by myself.  Combine that with the camaraderie and good times that you get with a group of people brought together for a common cause and joining the cast of DWOS All-Stars was a no brainer.

 

Don’t miss out on this TWO NIGHT Extravaganza!

YOU do not want to miss out on the HOTTEST ticket in town!!! This is the “Last Dance” for the Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross.  We are going out with a TWO NIGHT extravaganza!  Check out the video below to find out how YOU can be part of the action.

 

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Grant Soletski &

I am a Professional Land Surveyor owning and operating Soletski Surveying prior to opening CrossFit Green Bay in October of 2010. Since beginning the gym I have coached five teams/individuals to the CrossFit Games regional competition and in 2014 I took a team to the CrossFit Games finishing 27th in the world.

I joined the Wisconsin National Guard in 2013 and am part of the 2-127th Infantry Battalion. I love this country and ever since I watched the towers go down in September of 2001 it’s been in my heart that I needed to give back to my country so a month before the cutoff age of 35 years old I decided to join. It was pretty difficult starting my military career as a 35 year old man amongst a majority of 18-21 year old men but it’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world.

I have been married to Betsy Soletski for 16 years this coming May with a 17-year-old son, Zachary, 13-year-old daughter, Emma and a 9-year-old daughter Grace. I am passionate about never stopping learning new things and helping others accomplish things they in their mind think are unattainable. Love my family, love my Lord, Love my country, Love the Wisconsin National Guard and most importantly learning to Love to dance! The dancing part though is taking a bit of coaching from my amazing coach and partner Angela because just as I am passionate about helping others attain their hopes and dreams she is helping me attain this one!

 

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Kelly Wolff

I’ve always loved to dance. I have many fun memories of dancing with my girlfriends in my parents’ basement, of being on my high school and college dance teams, and of course learning about ballroom dancing from Terry at TC Dance club.

During the day, I’m a scientist at Kimberly-Clark where I design lotions and potions for their personal care product lines. Kimberly-Clark is very supportive of both my volunteer activities to organize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) events for kids and my pursuit of sustainability initiatives to reduce waste from our daily habits, as we all depend on this planet to eat, drink, breath, and live.  After work, I enjoy teaching at Aerial Dance Pole Exercise, a fitness based studio for women (and men) to safely build strength and confidence through the aerial arts while having fun! In addition, I am working towards a Masters in Cosmetic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.

It’s difficult to pick out just one moment from DWOS 2017 that stands out, because there were so many great experiences.  I had so much fun getting to know the rest of the 2017 DWOS participants and the Red Cross volunteers (I’m talking to you Barb, Sharon, Shawn, and Tara!), as well as seeing others in the community come together to support Team Vixens last year. But the one thing that stands out the most for me, was the emotional jolt I felt when my friend and Team Vixen partner from last year, Lusine Weitz, first shared with me her experiences with the Red Cross in the immediate aftermath of the tragic 1988 Armenian earthquake. That feeling of empathy serves as a constant reminder of why we are here. It isn’t to ‘win’ or to worry about what others think about us or our routine, it is to do what we can to help others in need.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? Not only do I love to dance, I am honored to help raise money and bring awareness to the Red Cross and the work that they do for our community. Volunteering and supporting volunteer organizations are a part of how we show our compassion for each other and we reinforce our sense of community. That’s why I decided to participate in DWOS All-Stars, for when we help others, we truly get more out of it than we give. With this in mind I’d like to thank you for supporting this event and helping those in need in our community.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Stacy Stecker

I have been married to my husband, Dana, for 17 years and together, we have four children; Alexandra, Broderick, his wife Kaeleigh and our twins, Gabrielle and Mason.  It is with my family’s love and support that I am able to participate, once again, in Dancing with Our Stars, the All-Star Finale.  When I am not training for DWOS or taking care of my clients and team, I enjoy running, biking, reading, traveling and attending all my children’s many activities.  As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Group Manager at Associated Bank, I work with an amazing team that provides high-value products and services to our clients, while building long-lasting relationships.  For the past eleven years I have been very fortunate to work for an organization that supports its colleagues to give back to the communities in which we serve.  I am grateful for their support as I go through this journey once again.

Born and raised in this community, I am proud to be part of a place that is large enough to have its own NFL team but feels small enough to always come together and help those in need.  I feel it is my duty to give back to the community that raised me which is why I am involved with our children’s activities, serve on the committee for the Gourmet Wishes Dinner, grant wishes on behalf of Make A Wish of Wisconsin and why I support the American Red Cross.

My favorite parts of the DWOS 2017 experience was the moment I realized that I could actually ballroom dance without falling and the moment I was announced as the team Mirror Ball winner for raising more than $65,000 with Chelsea Anderson for the Red Cross.  At that moment, I realized the hard work was worth it.  Through this experience, I have formed everlasting friendships that I will treasure for a lifetime.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? First of all, I was honored to be considered a DWOS “All-Star” and was excited to join the team that is committed to raising the most dollars for the Red Cross.  Supporting this organization is a necessity for our community and its mission is inspiring.  By participating in the upcoming #DWOS18 and supporting the Red Cross, I feel I can, in some small way, contribute to a much larger mission to help many others in a time of crisis.