Get to Know our Pro Dance Partners: Taryn Oleson of DanceSport

9057TarynSince the age of four, there has always been a pair of dance shoes on my feet.  In 2010 I traded my ballet shoes for ballroom heels and fell in love with dance all over again at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s Ballroom Dance Club.  My degree in Environmental Policy and Planning, with minors in Environmental Science and Public Administration, will be complete this May along with my presidency of the Ballroom Dance Club.

Though it will be hard to walk away, I could not be more thankful for the wonderful people and experiences this Green Bay community has given me. I am excited to start pursuing a career related to water resource policy and management, determined to make a positive impact wherever life takes me.

Over the past four years of my ballroom dance experience, I have competed and earned state titles, managed and co-taught Ballroom Dance Club with my partner and great friend Rane Cegelski, and have had the opportunity to dance the performances of a lifetime at this event. It is a great privilege to be supporting the American Red Cross, especially by sharing something I love.

A shout out and thank you my former Star partners Tommy Lemkuil, Bob Warpinski and Pat Warpinski for creating an unforgettable experience, and to my terrific partner this year, Brian Bartel, for keeping the tradition of great times alive. You each hold a special place in my heart and I wish you all the best life has to offer.

Keep Dancing!

Get to Know our Star Dance Partners: Rane Cegelski

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Photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography, llc

I am a full time student at NWTC in the General Studies Transfer Program. 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 currently teach at the UWGB Ballroom Club, DanceSport of Green Bay and compete at the Wisconsin State DanceSport Ballroom Championships and the Wisconsin Holiday Open. This year will be my third year dancing in this event, but fifth year volunteering.

I don’t have one specific dance that is my favorite but the ones I tend to really look forward to are the Waltz, Quickstep, Samba and Jive. When I’m not ballroom dancing I enjoy going for walks, hanging out with my friends and family, swimming, playing volleyball and of course watching out Green Bay Packers! I’m very excited to be part of the 2013 Dancing with Our Stars crew, especially when our proceeds go to a GREAT cause, the American Red Cross. The organization does such amazing work for the community, and I’m very humbled to be part of its team.

Get to Know our Interns: Rane Cegelski

As a little kid I always loved music, and performing, but I didn’t start dancing until I was in middle school where I tried out for my schools show choir. I later performed for Preble High School’s Center Stage Show Choir. After that I loved being on stage and entertaining people. I continue to work with the Preble High School show choirs as a choreographer. After I graduated from Preble High School I started Ballroom Dancing and knew this is what I loved to do.

I’m currently an employee for the Greater Green Bay YMCA as a Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, and Teen Night Staff. I love working with kids and helping others as much as I possibly can.

I’m also a Wisconsin State Champion in both American and International genres. My all-time favorite dances are the Waltz because of the grace and body control, and the Jive… It fits my witty and energetic personality.

I support the Red Cross as a 2 gallon blood donor, and because of the variety of services that they provide to the community. I’m certified as a Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, and in CPR/AED. I will soon be an instructor for the Red Cross. I also enjoy playing volleyball and swimming, but of course music and dancing are my main hobbies.