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!


Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Adam Hardy

Photo by: Frievalt Photography

Photo by: Frievalt Photography

I’m the Executive Director of Achieve Brown County, a cradle-to-career partnership designed to support children and their families at every stage of development.  I have a background leading successful multi-partner collaborations in the Greater Green Bay community, such as the Community Information System, which leverages data from local health, safety and education organizations to better understand best practice in serving our youth. I’ve served on the steering team for the Brown County Life Quality Project; sat on both the local and regional steering teams for the Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study and, in partnership with the Green Bay Packers, led the first Text-To-Give effort in the NFL.

I loved music and dancing as a child. It’s hard to pin down my first memory – I have so many – but my parents always say the first song I’d dance to was Mockingbird by Carly Simon. Apparently every time the song came on I’d start wiggling in my diaper.

There are so many amazing dancers it’s hard to pick a dream partner. Martha Graham, Ginger Rogers and… Peta Murgatroyd?

I’m passionate about serving our community, which is why the effort of Achieve Brown County is really a dream job. I also enjoy reading, playing music (guitar mostly, occasional percussion), riding both road and mountain bikes, running and, most of all, playing with my kids: Emma (5) and James (8).

The Red Cross provides critical programming that helps people when they need help the most – during times of crisis. It’s an honor to participate in DWOS and to support such a worthwhile organization.

Here is a sneak peek of Adam and his dancer partner Jamie.



Nature’s Pathways Magazine Spotlight: TC Dance Club

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.”

Making connections

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.”

Grab your dancing shoes!

Do yourself a favor and visit TC Dance Club today.

1004 S. Olde Oneida St., Appleton • 920-731-8851 •

Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Jay Morth of Simply Ballroom

8926JayJay D. 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.

He now works for Simply Ballroom in Green Bay and Valley Social Dance Studio.  He has received his Bronze level of certification in all of the American Style Dances from Valley Social’s Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Menasha.  Outside of teaching, Jay spends time competing and training professionally with Heather Wudstrack from Get Out and Dance located in Weston, Wisconsin.

Jay supports the American Red Cross because it’s an organization that has been around for many years performing tasks large and small to support people in need.  For these acts, Jay is willing to support such an organization.

Jay’s Star Dance Partner is Deb DeLeers of Associated Bank.