DWOS17 – Meet our Star Dancers: Dr. Ryan Martin

ryanmartingreybg550px-57c9f64c59315I’m the chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a nationally known anger researcher.  I earned my doctorate from the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi where I studied anger under Dr. Eric Dahlen.  I teach courses in Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Emotion, Research Methods in Psychology, and a capstone course on anger and violence.  Although I study healthy and unhealthy anger in a variety of contexts, I’m best known for my work on how anger is expressed through social media.  My work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today as well as on National Public Radio and various other news outlets.

I’ve been married for 16 years and have two young sons, with whom I spend most of my free time. Our family enjoys trips to Door County and visits with other family throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Green Bay, family time is spent at Bay Beach, the Farmers Market, the Children’s Museum, kids’ sports and dance lessons, and bike rides on various trails throughout Green Bay. When I take time for myself, I enjoy running, my favorite pastime, and run as many of the local races as possible.

My first dance memory comes from when I was around five or six-years-old and was at a wedding with my family.  I was watching people dance and I really wanted to get out on the dance floor with them but was a little bit too shy.  I went and found my mom and she invited me to dance with her.  I remember being struck by how bad I was compared to everyone else.  They had all made it look so easy and I just felt awkward and weird.

My wife, Tina, is my dream dance partner. While Apolo Anton Ohno is my favorite all-time performer from “Dancing with the Stars”. I had been a big fan of his from watching him in the Olympics, and really admired his personal story.  His freestyle dance on DWTS, though, was particularly amazing.

(L-R) Shawn Kiser, MC interviewing Dr. Ryan Martin at our Kickoff event on Oct 4 at The Marq.

(L-R) Shawn Kiser, MC, interviewing Dr. Ryan Martin at our kickoff event on Oct 4 at The Marq.

I moved to Green Bay from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in July of 2005, less than two months before Hurricane Katrina devastated the place I called home for five years.  I had many friends, coworkers, and former students who were living throughout southern Mississippi and Louisiana, and I watched with sadness and fear as they suffered because of the storm.  I remember feeling profoundly helpless as I watched things unfold, but I also remember all the volunteers that were being dispatched by the American Red Cross to help.  It was comforting to know that someone was doing something, and that even though I couldn’t help directly, I could donate to the people who were able to.

I am excited to get involved in the Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser for two reasons. First, and most obviously, I believe in the Red Cross and value the work they do.  I am happy to raise money for the organization that was there for so many of my friends and has been there for so many others.  Second, as a teacher I am constantly encouraging my students to step outside of their comfort zone and try things that are new and difficult.  Dancing as part of this fundraiser is a chance for me to do the same.

Looking for a way to support Ryan? Here are two campaigns going on for this October.  Check out his event facebook page for more information.  “Vote” online for Ryan at:

https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/fundraiser/ryanmartin17

 

 

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American Red Cross Announces Dancing with our Stars 2017 Participants

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2017 Dancing with our Stars for the American Red Cross Star Dancers and their pro partners.

The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Tuesday, October 4 at a kickoff party sponsored by Festival Foods. For the first time in its nine-year history, DWOS recruited teams to compete in the event in addition to its traditional individual participants. The teams consist of two participants who will work together to raise funds. Divisions will then be created for teams and individuals with those raising the most money in each category taking home a coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy.

The community members competing in teams:
Team Champagne Strut:
  – Jennie Sykes – Brand Ambassador, Elevate97
  – Jillian Dempsey – Owner, The Heel
Team Culinary Chemist:
  – Jyll Everman – Co-Owner/Executive Chef, Gather on Broadway
  – Sarah Larson – Quality Control Chemist, Nature’s Way
Team E-Rock:
  – Emily Matesic – Fox Valley Bureau Chief, WBAY-TV
  – Adam Rockman – BSN/RN/CCRN, Bellin Health
Team Rock for the Red:
  – Chelsea Anderson – UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  – Stacy Stecker – Senior Vice President/Private Banking Group Manager, Associated Bank
Team Vixen 
  – Kelly Wolff – Kimberly-Clark
  – Lusine Weitz – Owner, NC Janitorial

The community members competing individually:

Billi Jo Baneck – Dispatcher, Brown County Public Safety
Jim Knopf – Sales & Marketing Manager, Servpro
Dr. Ryan Martin – Professor of Psychology at UW-Green Bay
Tara Steinhorst – Founder, Colton’s Cure
Carla Vander Loop – Stylist/Social Media Marketing, LS Boutique
Woody from 94.3 JackFM – Program Coordinator/On-Air Talent

20161004_191401These 16 people (a record number of participants for DWOS) will now spend the next five months each learning one ballroom dance which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2017. That event will take place Saturday, February 25th in the grand ballroom of the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its ninth year and it 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/

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.

DWOS 2016 raised more than $200,000 for the local Red Cross. Karen Classon, Owner of SKB Management, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $87,000.

DanceSport of Green Bay, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton and Arthur Murray Dance Centers – Madison & Sun Prairie are the participating professional dance partners for the event.

BayTek Games, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay Packers, Nature’s Way, Sanimax, Schneider, SKB Management, Tundraland, WBAY-TV 2, 101 WIXX and 94.3 JackFM are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2017.
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 blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter/
Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS17 to join the conversation)

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 @RedCros

American Red Cross to Announce Dancing with our Stars 2017 Participants

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The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser will be unveiled Tuesday, October 4 with a private kickoff party sponsored by Festival Foods at The Marq in De Pere. Media members looking to attend are encouraged to arrive by 6:15 p.m. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

mb-glowFor the first time in its nine-year history, DWOS is recruiting teams to compete in the event in addition to its traditional individual participants. The teams will consist of two participants who will work together to raise funds. Divisions will then be created for teams and individuals with those raising the most money in each category taking home a coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. Regarding dancing, each participant will learn and perform one dance. The “main event” dance show will take place Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the grand ballroom of the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay.

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.

DWOS 2016 raised more than $200,000 for the local Red Cross. Karen Classon, Owner of SKB Management, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $87,000.

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 blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter/
Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS17 to join the conversation)

American Red Cross Announces Dates for next Dancing with Our Stars Campaign

DWOS 2017 Title Treatment-page-001The next campaign of the American Red Cross Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser is set. It will begin with a kickoff party Tuesday, October 4 and culminate with the dancing show on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the KI Convention Center in Downtown Green Bay.

For the first time in its nine-year history, DWOS is recruiting teams to compete in the event in addition to its traditional individual participants. The teams will consist of two participants who will work together to raise funds. Divisions will then be created for teams and individuals with those raising the most money in each category taking home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. Regarding dancing, each participant will learn and perform one dance.

We are actively seeking suggestions for possible participants. Please email them to Shawn Kiser at skrallyman@gmail.com.

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

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.

DWOS 2016 raised more than $200,000 for the local Red Cross.  Karen Classon, Owner of SKB Management, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $87,000.

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 blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter/

Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS17 to join the conversation)

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.

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.

3D Figurines Fundraiser at DWOS 2016

Avatarium 3D’s modular studio will be setup in the reception hall of Dancing with Our Stars 2016, providing guests the unique opportunity of creating a 3D figurine of themselves. 20% of each sale will be donated to the American Red Cross.

HOW IT WORKS

Individuals or couples enter the array featuring more than 100 HD cameras, and they strike a pose. In a fraction of a second, the 360° HD camera array captures you from every angle. Afterwards, you select their favorite pose(s). Proprietary Avatarium software sorts and processes the images, which are then modeled into a preliminary figure by 3D artists. State-of-the-art 3D printers bring the virtual model to life.

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