DWOS17 Meet our Star Dancers: Billi Jo Baneck (Team Survivor)

14502857_10208870402170698_4334771235868762354_nI was born and raised on a farm in Wautoma with my parents and my five siblings.  I currently work for Brown County Public Safety as a 911 Dispatcher and at Ruby Design doing the prep worked involved in making our customers’ events and weddings beautiful! I have been in a relationship with a wonderful man for 5+ years and am a step-mother to a 10-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son.

I am a busy person by nature so I very much enjoy my involvement with the public education team and mentoring team at work. I am also a 4-H adult leader and 4-H food stand manager. In my spare time, I enjoy crafting, baking and crocheting. I enjoy learning new things and meeting new people.

My first memory of dance comes from middle school when I watched a classmate dance in a clogging group. I was mesmerized! In the same year I watched the high school show choir perform for our school. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

Eight years ago I developed a strong passion for the Red Cross and the work that they do after losing my parents and youngest brother in a house fire. I have been committed to giving back to the people that were there for me in my time of need, and the first people there when I got home were members of the American Red Cross. My first welcoming into the Red Cross family was at the HEROES fundraiser put on my John and Vicki Jenks in their Wild Rose home. I was asked to speak to a group of mostly strangers about my family and how the Red Cross helped us. Since that day the Red Cross has become a part of me. I am currently a DAT (Disaster Action Team) responder and 24/7 dispatcher. I have also had the opportunity to speak at different events and share our family’s story. I’m not a religious person, so I found comfort in working with the Red Cross as a way to move forward and give back.

Want to support Billi Jo?  VOTE (donate online) or come to MirrorBall Bash 3.0 Saturday, November 19!  This is an event you don’t want to miss. Click HERE for more information.

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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.