Heather Wudstrack is a DC Everest graduate and has been an instructor with Get Out & Dance since 2009. She enjoys teaching both social and competitive students and is passionate about her dancing. She loves the creative and challenging aspect to dancing and loves sharing her passion for dancing with her students. She is a nationally-ranked teacher on the World Pro-Am circuit and is a current Professional Smooth competitor with her professional partner, Jay Morth. In her free time, Heather enjoys training with Jay and spending time with her friends, family and her husband, Lee.
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.
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.
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.
I’m a community volunteer who serves on 15 boards and organizations. My passion as an OPTIMIST is to service youth in our community thru the Green Bay Preble Optimist Club. I serve the employees and clients of Cash Depot as Vice-President part-time. I am a big brother thru the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and a coach/mentor for Boys & Girls Club “Be Great Graduate” program.
My first dance experience took place at Burlington High School where I was involved in band and the drama club. I auditioned to be a member of “Kids from Burlington” and was selected. We performed at school programs, competitions, and community events. It was so much fun to learn dance moves and routines. What I remembered most were the smiles from the audience.
My dream dance partner is either Peta Murgatroyd or Cheryl Burke. Regarding my favorite celebrity dancer on ABC’S “Dancing with the Stars”, it’s Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson. Her precision and timing were incredible.
My hobbies and passions include dancing and fly fishing. I am a fishing guide on the Menominee River during the summer months. I donate fishing trips to non-profit agencies for their fund raising efforts. I love sharing our world class fishing with others, especially children.
I’m supporting the American Red Cross because it serves my purpose to serve my God and my community, and have FUN doing it! I choose to give back to the community that allowed me to be successful during my 20 years at Camera Corner.
Here is a sneak peek of Al and Angela at their lesson.
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.
Congrats to Terry Irwin, of TC Dance Club for the wonderful spotlight done on him and the studio in the September issue of Nature’s Pathways September 2014 Northeast WI edition.
Terry joined our Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross team of pro dancers and studios in 2013 as the choreographer and coach of star dancer, and 2013 Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy winner Betina Driver and her professional partner and husband, Donald Driver. Last year Terry danced with Stacy Struck of Jack’s Maintenance Service. We are honored to have Terry partner with us again in 2015 for his skills, talent and professionalism.
An art form with countless stories to tell — TC Dance Club reveals dancing’s many benefits
Written by Rebecca Bentz
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Terry’s tale: The beginning of TC Dance Club
All his hard work was rewarded. Terry Irwin, pre-med student at Case Western Reserve University, had just earned a scholarship to Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He was well on his way to becoming a doctor and fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Just one problem: That dream wasn’t Terry’s.
A gamble pays off
The summer before he was set to start at Johns Hopkins, Terry was working with a friend who lived across the street. After spotting an ad in the paper, she teasingly wagered $15 that Terry couldn’t get a job at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. That simple bet led Terry to discover his true calling — one that would change his and many others’ lives.
“I took the bet, went in, found out that I loved it and realized that I really didn’t want to be a doctor. That was my mother’s dream, not mine,” Terry says.
He turned down the Johns Hopkins scholarship and never looked back from his newfound love of dance.
Tenacity and determination
Even though he’d found his dream, it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Terry.
While training to be a dance teacher, he was cut from the class in the very first week. He decided to show up anyway at the next session. The story was the same for six weeks in a row, but still he stuck with it. He stuck with dance despite failing the tango and samba portions of his first teaching test. He stuck with dance despite having to work in telephone marketing — a side job he hated — while training.
The result? Terry became an award-winning competitive dancer and — even more importantly in his eyes — he discovered how to teach his students in a way best suited to bring joy to each of them.
“Not succeeding at first doesn’t mean failure; it means more time is needed in order to succeed,” Terry explains. “We’re going to make mistakes. That’s how you learn… Life is a constant journey of learning and bettering yourself.”
Through the years, Terry’s competitive dancing, instructive skill and choreography have given him the chance to work and befriend many big names: Cheryl Burke, professional dancer of “Dancing with the Stars” fame; former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd, winners of the 2012 “Dancing with the Stars” competition; Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons; Dorothy Benham, Miss Minnesota 1976 and Miss America 1977; and even former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher.
Terry also had the honor of choreographing Bob Hope’s last USO tour. A photo of the two men hangs in TC Dance Club’s hallway.
Just as important for Terry, though, are the opportunities dance has given him to work with local students: people like DeLila Nock, who started dancing at age 74.
“She taught me more about life than I could possibly ever teach her about dancing.”
The two became fast friends and when she was in her 80s, Terry promised DeLila that they would dance together on her 100th birthday. Sure enough, they did just that; dressed in a blue and sequined ball gown, DeLila cut quite the figure as she glided around the floor in Terry’s arms.
This connection to the community and his students is what makes everything worthwhile.
“The best part of it is every morning when I wake up, I know I get to go to a party,” Terry says. “I get to be with the nicest people, to dance and have fun… I can’t imagine any better job.”