These Guys Can Dance

We have seen the ladies, now let’s check out the guys who will be competing for the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy at the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Like what you see? Vote for your favorite at

Check out ALL our Star Dancers!

Welcome to the Dancing with the Stars for American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter fundraising event.  Ten Northeast Wisconsin Stars are participating in this event.  Stars are being trained in two ballroom dances under the direction of Janet Gollnick, former Midwest champion, DanceSport of Green Bay.

Here’s how you can support this event and your local Red Cross:

  • Support this event and your local Red Cross and “Vote” for your favorite star dancer.  All “votes” will be counted toward your chosen star to help them earn the coveted Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy given away the night of the event.

Not sure what star you want to vote for? Check them ALL out in action!

Event Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Place: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Three Clans Complex, Green Bay

Dean Lindsley Starting to Heat up the Dance Floor with his Rumba

The Rumba is the perfect dance for someone crowned “Hawaiian Tropics Mr. Buns” back in the day! Dean Lindsley recalls his most memorable “dancing” experience.

While not my first recollection of dancing, my most memorable dancing recollection takes me back to 1984 somewhere on a diving board in Daytona Beach Florida while participating in the “Hawaiian Tropics Mr. Buns” contest.  Legend has it that a small amount of liquid courage and a few smooth moves won me that contest!

Like what you see? Vote  for Dean! Want to learn more about Dean, check out this article in the Green Bay Press Gazette! Click  HERE:  Pallas Textiles sets itself apart by ‘making a connection”

Why you should also vote!

When our neighbors are affected by fires, floods and tornadoes, the Red Cross is there.  When someone needs blood, the Red Cross is there.  When Americans want to be able to help in an emergency, the Red Cross is there with life-saving training.  When military members and their families need to be connected during a personal crisis, the Red Cross is there.  We are there providing rides for seniors and those with disabilities to get to medical appointments, get to the grocery store, and get to employment. Volunteers do all this important work. 

Measured by the number of people served by every dollar donated to the Red Cross, no other non-profit organization in America can boast a higher return on the donor’s investment.  Ninety-one (91) cents of every dollar donated to the organization goes to delivering programs and services.  The American Red Cross is not a government agency.  As such, it relies on charitable contributions to fulfill its mission.  Please support your American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Dean Lindsley Makes his Dancing a Family Affair!

We caught up with Dean, his wife Julie and daughter Grace at his last dance lesson. It is so great to see not only our stars turning into “dancers” but also sharing this experience with their families. This fundraiser for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is about raising needed funds for program and services – but it also creates life long friends and supporters of the organization!

Along with the hard work, time and energy are stars are putting in, we have plenty of laughs along the way! Check out this Facebook post from Dean’s wife Julie —- You know we have all tried this before 🙂

Julie Lindsley Okay, I was doing a spin move during the actual show Dancing with the Stars on the tile floor, my shoes were a little slippery and I fell directly on my tailbone. No breaking the fall. Didn’t think I was getting up. Dean just looked at me and said What are you doing? We all laughed, but I am thinking I am going to be really sore tomorr…ow. It would have made a great Funniest Home Video.

I think those Daddy/Daughter Dances are Paying Off!

Dean Lindsley: Vice President of Operations & Product Development, Pallas Textiles- Division of KI

I was born and raised locally, in West DePere, and currently reside in Green Bay.  I am married to my wife Julie for almost 20 years and we have a beautiful daughter Grace (10).  I have been employed for the past 23 years at KI and I am currently the VP of Operations and Product Development for their high end textile division, Pallas Textiles.   

My first dancing recollection goes back to 8th grade graduation. The school I attended, St. Boniface, brought in Shirley Van to teach all of us students the basics of dance.  She taught us the fundamentals of the Waltz, the Cha Cha, the Jitterbug and who could forget, disco moves.  This was when Saturday Night Fever and John Travolta, aka Tony Manero, were making disco dancing popular back in 1978.

When I first started dating my wife, Julie, we would go out on weekends and end up somewhere on the dance floor.  It wasn’t anything formal, just crazy, off-the-wall fun.  These days my attention has turned to my wonderful daughter Grace, who has batted her puppy dog eyes at me and convinced me for the past three years to get up on stage at the local Meyer Theater with her for the Annual Northern Dance Academy Daddy/Daughter dance.  I wouldn’t say the dads’ get strong marks for technical dancing, but the entertainment value certainly goes a long way with the crowd.

To date, Nicole Scherzinger was my favorite dancer on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  She was the complete package.  By this I mean that she was the triple threat: she could sing, she could dance, and she was “HOT”.  I am not sure I can add much more to the story than that.  Oh yeah, by the way, did I mention she was hot?     

Prior to being approached by the American Red Cross, I was always being challenged with the question of how to give more of my time, talent and money to worthy causes.  So when the American Red Cross asked if I would participate, I agreed because I was able to package all 3 of these pieces together.  I’m not certain how much of the talent portion I will create in this case, but I certainly will give a significant amount of my time and do my best to raise money for this commendable organization.

Choosing my favorite song definitely depends on which era we are talking about because I enjoy listening to all types of music.  I was, and still am’ a big fan of classic rock, such as Boston and Def Leppard.  I also like rock music such as Chris Daughtry and Nickleback, but I also enjoy some modern pop, like Usher.                    

In my spare time, I really enjoy doing anything outdoors.  I am an avid hunter and spend many hours in the woods of Northern Wisconsin.  I also grew up with a passion for golf.  While my game is not as good as I would like it to be, I still enjoy the challenge of the game.  I am a devoted cyclist.  But when things slow down in the winter months my artistic side kicks in!  I enjoy picking up a sketch pad and pencil to draw with my daughter Grace.

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Announces Dancers for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars Fundraising Event

Green Bay, WI – On Wednesday, September 29 the ten celebrity all-star dancers were announced for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross. This event will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel, Green Bay.  Social hour begins at 4:30pm and dinner/program beginning at 5:30pm.

The 2011 “Dancing with the Stars celebrity line-up includes:

  • John Allen, Owner, John Allen Insurance Agency
  • Aymee Balison, CEO, CFO, COO, Balison Family (and owner of Sweetpea’s) 
  • Kathryn Bracho, Anchor, Action 2 News This Morning, WBAY-TV 2
  • Ronda Kincheloe, Community Supporter
  • Jackie Larsen, Owner, Fitnessology
  • Dean Lindsley, V.P. of Operations & Product Development, Pallas Textiles – a division of KI
  • Murphy in the Morning, Morning show host at 101 WIXX
  • Stacy Richards, President/COO, burnham richards
  • Brad Toll, President/CEO, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Kurt VandenHouten, V.P./Co-Owner, Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders, Inc.


Our 2011 Dancing with the Stars Team - Top Row (l-r) Murphy in the Morning, Brad Toll, John Allen Middle Row: Dean Lindsley, Kathryn Bracho, Aymee Balison, Kurt VandenHouten Bottom row: Ronda Kincheloe, Jackie Larsen, Stacy Richards

These ten celebrities will be trained in two ballroom dances by DanceSport of Green Bay under the direction of Janet Gollnick, former Midwest champion. Their dance partners will be accomplished and skilled college-aged dancers from DanceSport of Green Bay.

The winner of the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy will be the dancer who scores best on the dance floor and who is supported by public and event votes. Votes will be in the form of dollars donated in support of the star dancer, both at the Dancing with the Stars event and dollars pledged in the name of the dancer prior to February 26.  Awards presentation includes “Judges Choice and People’s Choice” trophies. 

We are honored to have Ivan Seleznev of New York City, an eight time Russian champion, Rebecca Messenger, nationally acclaimed Ballroom Judge and Dan Messenger,  former National Champion and Ballroom Judge both of Milwaukee.

All proceeds for the event go to support local programs and services for the American Red Cross.

Tickets for the event will be on sale at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, starting January 3, 2011.