Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Anna Allen

I’m a 6th grade teacher at Lineville Intermediate School in Howard-Suamico. I have been teaching for 16
years and still love what I do. My wonderful and supportive husband, Jerome, and I have been married
for seven years. We have two beautiful children, Asher (5) and Lyla (3), who fill our lives with joy. We
also have an 11-year- old retired Greyhound named Hazel. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, attending
musicals, and choreographing around the area.

Dance and performing have always been a part of my life. I love teaching and choreographing studio
dance at Birder Studio as well as musicals. I recently performed in St. Norbert’s Music Theatre’s Cats
(’16 & ’17) and loved every minute of that crazy ‘Jellicle’ experience.

My favorite moments from DWOS 16 was working with my partner Michael. We are both middle school
science teachers with a passion for performance so every rehearsal was full of story swapping and a
little bit of dancing! I also loved getting to know all the Red Cross volunteers (especially the ‘Hoochies’)
and my fellow DWOS participants. Although it was a competition, everyone cheered each other on! It
was a truly magnificent experience which is why I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars.

The Red Cross was there when my friend’s house burned down, providing her and her family with the supplies and support they needed. I am thankful for all they do and I am honored to participate in DWOS All-Stars.

Dancing with Our Stars 2016 Fundraiser Raises Awareness for Local Services and $200,000+!

 

Karen Classon takes home the fundraising mirror ball trophy raising over $87,000. Photo by: Mark Witte

Karen Classon takes home the fundraising mirror ball trophy raising over $87,000. Photo by: Mark Witte/American Red Cross. 

The 8th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross held on Saturday, February 20 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay featured fantastic fundraising as well as spectacular dancing. Together, with the amazing efforts of our star and professional dancers, sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised more than $200,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

“Here at the Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with Our Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our stars, but the real event started more than four months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.”

Thank you to our sponsors including: Broadway Automotive; Erie Insurance; Festival Foods; Gagnon Clay Products; Green Bay Packaging; Green Bay Packers; NXC Imaging; Schneider Foundation, Toonen Properties and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and 101 WIXX for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle the crowd. The evening began with dinner and followed with our amazing dance program where each star dancer performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.

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People’s Choice award for showcase one: Kati Donaho and Rane Cegelski, Foxtrot – “Kill of the Night.” Photo by: Dave Pruszka/American Red Cross. 

Taking away the top honor for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Karen Classon. The owner of SKB Management raised $87,000 to support the local Red Cross.

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People’s Choice award for showcase two: Jen Berres-Dart and Michael Witte., Jive – “Shut Up and Dance.” Photo by Mark Witte/American Red Cross. 

The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Kati Donaho and Rane Cegelski for their Foxtrot to “Kill of the Night.” The People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Jen Berres-Dart and Michael Witte for their Jive to “Shut Up and Dance.”

The Judges’ Choice award went to Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” and a Bolero to “Alone.”

Judges Choice: Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: Pictured - the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” photo by: Dave Pruszka

Judges Choice: Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: Pictured – the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” photo by: Dave Pruszka/American Red Cross. 

Special thanks to Cami Rapson and Tammy Elliott of WBAY-TV 2 for serving as masters of ceremonies and Nikolay Karchev, Jay Morth and Heather Wudstrack for their professional and colorful commentary as judges.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion:
Anna Allen – Teacher, Lineville Intermediate School
Jen Berres-Dart – Owner/Instructor, Jenstar Yoga
Karen Classon – SKB Management
Kati Donaho – Business Travel/Group Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency
Lori Dufek – Account Manager, NXC Imaging
Maureen Gagnon – Co-owner, Gagnon Clay Products
Zeb Metzler – Learning & Development Specialist, Innovative Services
Dan Terrio – Learning Facilitator, Humana
Marty Williams – Owner/Dentist, Sierra Dental

Also, thank you to our pro dance partners: Rane Cegelski and Brad McDonald from DanceSport of Green Bay; Bill Beschta; Jamie Blair, Michael Witte and Mina Witte from Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Jim Gagnon, Toby Crawford and Terry Irwin from TC Dance Club of Appleton.

Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local Red Cross.

Get to Know DWOS Community Star Dancer – Anna Allen

IMG_2741I am a 6th grade teacher at Lineville Intermediate School in Howard-Suamico.  I have been teaching for 14 years and continue to love what I do.  I am blessed to be able to teach in such a great district with a supportive staff and administration.  My wonderful and understanding husband, Jerome, and I have been married for five years and we have three beautiful children, Asher(3), Lyla(1), and our retired greyhound named Hazel.  In my spare time (if any) I enjoy reading and watching musicals.

My first dance memory was with my younger sister, Sara.  We would put on the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing and dance around the living room for hours.  My mom put us in dance class and a new passion was found!  I danced throughout high school and received a dance scholarship for UW-Green Bay.  While attending Green Bay I was part of the Phoenix Pride Dance Team and performed in Danceworks and in the musical Pippin held at the Weidner Center.  That was a dream come true!  After college, I performed with Broadwaymania, the Miss Wisconsin Pageant, and with St. Norbert’s Music Theatre.  I continue to choreograph musicals in the area.

Anna and her dance partner Michael Witte of Simply Ballroom.

Anna and her dance partner Michael Witte of Simply Ballroom.

My dream dance partner is the late Patrick Swayze.  Who didn’t fall in love with him in Dirty Dancing and Ghost? Not many people know he was a professionally trained ballet dancer.  I always wanted to do “the lift,” but I am fairly certain that time has passed for me!  My favorite dancer from Dancing with the Stars is Cheryl Burke. I can tell that she is a great teacher with a passion for dance and was the first professional to win back to back seasons.  Also, short girls rock!

I am supporting the American Red Cross because of all the help and relief it provides to those in need.  When my friend’s house burnt down the Red Cross was there immediately to provide her and her family with the supplies and the support they needed.  I am thankful for all they do and honored to participate in DWOS!

Follow Anna’s journey on Facebook by “liking” her community page.

American Red Cross Announces Dancing with our Stars 2016 Participants

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The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Tuesday, October 6 at a kickoff party sponsored by Festival Foods.  The nine community members competing to raise the most funds to support local Red Cross efforts are:

  • Anna Allen – Teacher, Lineville Intermediate School
  • Jen Berres-Dart – Owner/Instructor, Jenstar Yoga
  • Karen Classon – SKB Management
  • Kati Donaho – Business Travel/Group Sales Manager, The Hyatt on Main
  • Lori Dufek – Account Manager, NXC Imaging
  • Maureen Gagnon – Co-owner, Gagnon Clay Products
  • Zeb Metzler – Learning & Development Specialist, Innovative Services
  • Dan Terrio – Learning Facilitator, Humana
  • Marty Williams – Owner/Dentist, Sierra Dental

Edit 3They will now spend the next four months learning two ballroom dances which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2016. That event will take place Saturday, February 20th at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its eighth year and it is has been a sold-out event each year. Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the “star dancers” receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross. One dollar equals one vote. Donations can be made now at this website:

http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/

The person who raises the most money between now and the end of the event will be awarded the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe and international programs.

Last year’s event raised $170,000 for the local Red Cross.  Ann Vande Hei, Director of Business Process Performance, Integrys, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $60,000.

DanceSport of Green Bay, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton and Bill Beschta are the participating dance partners for the event.

Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Dancing with our Stars donation website: http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/

Dancing with our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter

Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS16 to join the conversation!)

Erie Insurance, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay Packers, Schneider, Wisconsin Public Service, WBAY-TV 2 and 101 WIXX are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2016.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.