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!

 

Our Stars Sharing their “Girl Power”

Kate Burgess and the “Charlie’s Angels” (Dawn, Kate and Tricia) of the Dancing with the Stars team organized a project for the Red Cross with Girl Scout Troop 4038 at Notre Dame Elementary in De Pere (troop leader, Sue Van Gheem.) 

Each girl brought the components and assembled over 20 comfort kits to give to children who are victims of fires and/or other disasters. The comfort kits included items like shampoo, conditioner, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissue, and a special toy.  They helped deliver hope to children who are victims of disasters.  The girls also made cards for service members and veterans for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.  They made over 40 cards!   

The Charlie’s Angels of the 2012 Dancing with the Stars Team (Kate Burgess, Dawn Mc Coy and Tricia Nell) also showed the girls some of their dance moves.

 All of the girls showed their “Girl Power!”  Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts of Troop 4038, leader Sue Van Gheem, troop helper Julie Greenwood, Emily Burgess,Kate Burgess,Dawn McCoyand Tricia Nell!!!!!!!!!

Aymee Balison Tries Out For The Ball

Aymee Balison considers herself a Green Bay native, born on the far east side — just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She was raised in Wyoming with stops in Utah, Montana and Madison before arriving in Green Bay 12 years ago where she found a place to call home.

“The people in Green Bay are just amazing.  They are so warm and so willing to help in any situation, any time.  There’s just nowhere else like the Midwest for kind, caring people.”  Just ask her and she will tell you how truly special Green Bay and its people are.

 

Aymee and her husband David have four spirited and beautiful daughters Emma, Kate, Grace, and Lily.  They are the inspiration for Aymee’s fun and funky store, Sweetpea’s, in De Pere, which she has owned for 10 years.  When she’s not running around after the girls, she spends time in her various  fundraising, school and board commitments.

Getting to know Aymee…

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? My earliest recollection of dance is a bag of Barbeque potato chips straight from the vending machine.  My mom used to bribe me with them every week so I would stay in dance class.

Who is your dream dance partner? My dream dance partner would have to be my grandfather, who passed away when I was 21.  I would have loved to have danced with him at my wedding.  His love for singing and dance brought such joy to me as a child.

Who is your favorite contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars? My favorite contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars would have to be Kate Gosselin.  “Dear Lord, please make my dancing look good by comparison and if you can’t, then please have enough pity on me to help me raise a lot of money for the Red Cross.”

Why support the Red Cross with your participation? I can’t dance and this sounds really hard and potentially embarrassing, so it’s right up my alley. No, really,  the Red Cross is a great organization…  where do I start?  Who are the first people  there to help when someone, a neighborhood, a town,  a state needs something?  The Red Cross.  Helping them help others-I’m in!

What’s your favorite song? My mom’s favorite singer was James Taylor, therefore my favorite song would be anything by James Taylor, especially “ Shower the People.”