Get to Know Our Dance Pros: Simply Ballroom

Michael Witte

Michael Witte is a professional Ballroom, Latin, American Smooth and American Rhythm competitor, performer and instructor. His strengths lie in his outstanding teaching skills and unyielding passion for ballroom dancing. Michael has been in the dance industry for more than 10 years.

Michael started ballroom dancing as an Amateur dancer through the UWGB Ballroom Dance Club while attending UWGB as a swimmer. After winning several amateur titles, Michael opened up his own studio (Simply Ballroom).

As a professional dancer, Michael has performed at numerous ballroom dance competitions as a guest performer. Michael now is currently training to compete in American Rhythm and Smooth with his wife and co-owner of Simply Ballroom, Mina Witte. Michael wishes to “Bring light into people’s lives through the art of dance.”

 

Mina Witte 

Mina Witte is a professional American Smooth and American Rhythm competitor, performer and instructor. Her strengths lay in her attention to detail, technique and creating unique personalized choreography. Mina has been in the dance industry for more than 15 years. Her dancing knowledge spans from Ballroom Dancing, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Irish Step Dancing.

As a professional dancer, Mina has performed on international stages for Irish dancing and ballroom dancing. Mina has also performed with Gaelic Storm, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies , Paddygrass, Collin Dunne, and Anna Trebunskaya. As a professional competitor, Mina holds several Irish dance National and World titles, American Rhythm Championship titles as well as an Amateur 9 Dance Championship title.

Mina, co-owns Simply Ballroom with her husband, Michael Witte and December  3, 2017 they welcome their “itty bitty Witte” Ryker Daniel Witte. She encourages everyone to find their passion and to strive for greatness in that passion every day.

 

Sara Baye

Sara is the Director of Instrumental Music at Green Bay Southwest High School where she teaches 9-12 grade Band & Orchestra.  She began ballroom dancing ten years ago as a student at UW-Eau Claire and has been in love with it ever since! This is her sixth year with Simply Ballroom but her first in DWOS, and she can’t wait to be a part of this year’s event!

 

Check out Zeb’s Moves on the dance floor!

Vote for Zeb to “Stay Alive” for a chance to win the Fundraising Mirrorball Trophy.

Come out to Drag Bingo with the Queens of the Mirrorball Bash! 

Join the Queens for an afternoon of BINGO!! $10 gets you in the door and your first bingo card!! Extra cards can be purchased for $5! Amazing prizes for each game and a 50/50 raffle to top things off!! Proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross and TeamMcZ for Dancing with Our Stars.

When:  Saturday, February 6

Time:  1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Townline Pub & Grill

Click HERE for more information.

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.

 

Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Keith Cronin

8879Keith-542b101eb5903The youngest of four, I am originally from Racine where my influence to work in the hospitality industry came from television shows such as “The Love Boat” and “Hotel”. The 1985 Hollywood version of “A Chorus Line” was a movie I also watched many times.  I am a music lover, appreciate the arts and rarely do I not have some type of music playing.  In addition to my full-time career, I am also a Zumba instructor at Western Racquet and Fitness.#TakeLifeFurther

I have always enjoyed music and been told a few times “I’m a good dancer and I have rhythm” – but the biggest milestone around dancing is when I was the lead choreographer for an all-male talent contest in high school – called Mr. Park at Washington Park High School in Racine.

My dream dance partner is someone with a level of talent that makes me look good! As for my favorite dancer of all-time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, it’s not easy to answer as there are  many talented dancers on the show. But being a male, If I may narrow it down to two pro’s and two guest stars:  Derrick Hough and Val Chmerkovskiy  / Corbin Bleu and James Maslow.

Outside of work and household chores, I enjoy spending quality time at the gym as fitness and a healthy lifestyle is an important part of my life.  I enjoy spending time outdoors, social time with friends/family and movies.

I am supporting the American Red Cross because I am always willing to volunteer my time to a worthwhile cause or organization and their efforts.  Serving as a contestant for the 2015 DWOS offers an exciting way to raise money while accepting the challenge of something completely new to me and having fun every “dance step” of the way!

Here is a sneak peek of Keith and Mina:

 

 

Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Bill McGlin

6900Bill (1)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.

Monster Mash Costume Party

Support Pam Niles in her “Mirror Ball” quest to raise funds for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

Friday, October 24

8:00pm-Midnight

Heritage Hill State Historical Park

2640 Webster Ave, Green Bay

Tickets:  $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.  Advanced ticket donations can be made by clicking HERE:  (make sure to add “costume party” in the comment section) 

 

Costume Party Poster