Peta Murgatroyd to Return as Celebrity Judge for American Red Cross “Dancing” Fundraiser

(l-r) 2014 Dancing with our Stars Judges. Chris Roth, WBAY, Sports Director, Peta Murgatroyd, Dancing with the Stars, Pro Dancer and Nick Vitrano, WIXX, On-air personality.

(l-r) 2014 Dancing with our Stars Judges:Chris Roth, WBAY, Sports Director, Peta Murgatroyd, Dancing with the Stars, Pro Dancer and Nick Vitrano, WIXX, on-air personality.

Peta Murgatroyd, who teamed with Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver to win Season 14 of ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, will once again serve as a celebrity judge this February for Dancing with Our Stars 2015 for the American Red Cross.

“We’re very excited Peta Murgatroyd will be returning as a celebrity judge for the event,” says Dancing with Our Stars coordinator Shawn Kiser. “Peta brings a tremendous amount of star power and will once again greatly enhance the program’s production and fundraising abilities.”

Murgatroyd will team up with local media members to make up the judging team. They will verbally critique and privately score each dance. At the end of the event, Peta will present the Judges’ Choice Award to the participants who received the highest scores.

Among the unique experiences connected to Murgatroyd’s appearance will be a VIP Reception, as well as the chance to have Peta as a guest at your dinner table.

Dancing with Our Stars is now in its seventh year and it is has been a sold-out event each year. The event features several community members, known as “star dancers”, competing to raise the most money and take home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. 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. 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.

Dancing with Our Stars 2014 raised more than $500,000 for the local Red Cross.

Dancing with our Stars 2015 will take place Saturday, February 14th, at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

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

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NEWRedCross

Twitter: @NEWRedCross & #DWOS15 to join the conversation!

Get to Know our Pro Dancers: Therese Clarke

Photo by Frievalt Photography

Photo by Frievalt Photography

Therese joins the Simply Ballroom team all the way from Sydney via Los Angeles after enjoying a very successful amateur career dancing in Australian film and television shows like Australian People’s Choice Awards and on stage at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Olympics.  Since turning professional, she has been teaching in Los Angeles and continuing her education in ballroom dance. Therese likes all aspects of competition which is clear to see by her many titles, and representing her country in all major state and international competitions. She brings a wealth of competitive dance experience and technical knowledge to Simply Ballroom.

After completing her coaching and teacher qualifications at the Australian Institute of Sport, Therese discovered a new passion for sharing her knowledge and helping others become better dancers. She teaches by focusing on the art of movement and physical aspects of dance and “Simply” making learning fun again!  She does a fantastic job of meeting students at their level and building them up. Nothing makes her smile more than watching a student reach their dancing goals in social or competitive dancing.

Therese will be partnered with Star Dancer Jim Rivett, President of Arketype, inc.

Meet the Dance Partners: Taylor Watry

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I am 19 years old and currently attend The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I am going to school for my Undergraduate Degree in Athletic Training, a minor in Psychology and Dance, and eventually Graduate School for Physical Therapy. I have been figure skating for 9 years and have been singing and dancing in show choirs for 7 years. The arts are a passion of mine and I couldn’t live life without music or dancing. I grew up here in Green Bay, Wisconsin and have a sister, Danielle. I first got into dancing when I was three years old and I took tap and jazz. Without dancing, skating, and the support of my family I wouldn’t be who I am today. I’m really proud of John Allen and Dean Lindsley and couldn’t have asked for better partners. Go Buckeyes!

I first started ballroom dancing 2 years ago. I first got into ballroom right after the first Dancing With Our Stars event. I was just helping out by selling flowers and to watch the dancers because dancing is a passion of mine. I thought it was so amazing and I immediately had to start. I have participated in many competitions including: State (in Milwaukee), Madison Competition, and the Green Bay Competition.

I did really well and took first in all of my events at the state Competition just nine lessons after I started. It was such a thrill and I am proud to be a part of the DanceSport of Green Bay Studio.

 Working with the Red Cross is such a great opportunity. They help save lives and it is just an amazing program. I love that we work with them since I am planning on working in the medical field.

Meet the Dance Partners: Jay Morth

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Jay is a student at UWGB who is receiving a B.A. in Applied Music and a minor in Arts Management.  He started Ballroom Dancing at a really young age, but didn’t start really enjoying the art of Ballroom until his sophomore year in college at UW Fox Valley.

Jay is originally from Menasha, WI, and has lived there for his entire life until he came to Green Bay for his education.  His passion for the arts has driven him this far to continue and learn as much as he can and it will continue to motivate him.  

Learn a little more about Jay:

1.  Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? 

The first recollection of dancing for Jay was at an age of 6 years old when his father was home and wanted to practice some East Coast Swing.  He said “ Son, come here, I would like to show you something about dancing.”  I was like “what in the world is happening, I don’t dance, but I got up and I learned the basic step to the Swing that day.”

2.   Tell about your ballroom experiences.  How did you get into it? 

Jay has been Ballroom dancing competitively for a little over a year.  He has had prior teaching his sophomore year in college, but it was all learning dance patterns and strictly recreational.  It was a fun time of his life, and then he came to UWGB and started learning technique which he has found helpful and challenging, and always an extremely fun time. 

3.  Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and why? 

 Unfortunately, Jay does not watch much TV, but hears many great things about the dancers on the show. 

4.  What’s your favorite song?

There are many songs Jay enjoys a lot. His favorite song would have to be “More than Words” by Extreme.  It has been a favorite of his since the age of 5, next would be Meatloaf’s, “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”– another favorite from his childhood. 

5. Why support the Red Cross with your participation?

 Jay supports the Red Cross because they are an organization that has been around for many, many years and performs wondrous tasks to support people in need.  Since he strongly believes in helping others when he can, it only seems right to support an organization that helps others in a positive manner.

Hobbies or passions:  Jay likes to spend his time outside playing sports such as Lacrosse, Tennis and, Disc Golf when the weather is nice.  Otherwise he is found playing piano, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.