Get to know DWOS Executive Producer: Shawn Kiser

After spending nearly two decades in radio and television, I challenged myself to make a bigger difference in this world and ventured into the non-profit sector.

This is my sixth year producing Dancing with Our Stars and I’ve developed many great relationships through this wonderful event. In addition to my DWOS duties, I also serve as the Development Director at Acts 1:8 Ministry where we share God’s love through Planned Acts of Christian Kindness. Faith, family and helping the less fortunate are my priorities and that’s providing me with a very blessed and fulfilled life! Thank you all for supporting this amazing group of community volunteers!

A quick trip down memory lane – I vividly remember a conversation I had with Donald Driver in December of 2012 in which I told him I wanted to do an all-star event for the 10th anniversary. Keep in mind DWOS wasn’t even five years old at that time! It’s cool to see it come to fruition although bittersweet since it doubles as the final chapter in this amazing story. Planning for this event began about two years ago. Let’s make it a grand finale!

 

 

Live Stream of Dancing with Our Stars

Thank you to our friends at Camera Corner Connecting Point, if you can’t make it to the big show in person, you can check out all the dancing action on our live video stream starting at 6:55pm on Saturday, February 24!

Click on the link to watch: https://livestream.com/cameracornergb/DWOS2018

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 our Dance Pros: TC Dance Club

Terry Irwin

Terry L. Irwin started his ballroom dancing career as dance instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, over 39 years ago. Terry has since developed numerous ballroom dancers into national champions with who he shares titles in American Smooth, American Rhythm, and Theatrical Arts.

Terry has choreographed and performed in Bob Hope’s last U.S. Tour, as well as several Miss America Pageants, the Franki Valli and the Four Seasons Tour, and coach and choreographer for Betina and Donald Driver for Dancing with Our Stars 2013!

Terry also owns and operates TC Dance Club in Appleton, Wisconsin, is President of the TC Dance Club International, and is a National Dance Council of America Association certified adjudicator.

Angela Cervantes

Angela Cervantes arrived in the United States in 1993 from Sicily. Unimpressed with the American take on Italian cuisine, she opened Angelina’s restaurant in Green Bay in 1998 with her family’s original recipes. This fulfilled her passion for cooking, but it took her until 2003 to discover TC Dance Club in Appleton to let her explore her other passion, ballroom dancing. Since then, she has won numerous competitions, become a beautiful dancer, and evolved into a very popular professional dance teacher. Angela enjoys students of all types and personalities and says her teaching style is fun, fun, fun!

Get to Know our Dance Pros: Rane Cegelski; RS Ballroom Instruction

I’m very excited to be returning as a Pro-Dancer for this year’s “Dancing with Our Stars.” I’ve enjoyed meeting and working with so many amazing people throughout the years.

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 recently spent a few months in the Twin Cities learning and working with some of the country’s best coaches and dancers. This year will be my 9th year dancing in this event, and the first year I volunteered. When I’m not ballroom dancing I enjoy spending time with friends, family, collecting vinyl, being outdoors, and traveling.

Get to Know Our Dance Pros: Ballroom by Jay

Jay 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.

Jay is the owner of Ballroom by Jay, LLC, as well as working as an employee at Get Out and Dance. He has received his Bronze level of certification in all of the DVIDA American Style Dances from Valley Social’s Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Menasha. Outside of teaching, Jay spends time competing and lumberjacking.

Get to Know DWOS All Star: Adam Rockman

I made a major life change in 2010 when I decided to leave the motorsports industry I worked in for more than 10 years to return to school to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  I graduated in 2012 and began working at Bellin Health where I am currently employed as a registered nurse (RN) in the intensive care unit (ICU).

I love my new career.  As an ICU RN, I often work with people on the worst day of their lives.  Although being an RN can be physically and emotionally exhausting, helping my patients and their families through tough times is one of the things that keeps me motivated in my job.

Originally from Escanaba, Michigan, I’ve has been living in the Green Bay area since attending St. Norbert College where I played football for the Green Knights.  I have a son named Troy and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Desmo.  We live together with my wonderful wife and DWOS teammate, Emily Matesic.

My favorite moment from my initial DWOS experience wasn’t really a moment at all.  It was the people.  This event has brought an eclectic group of people together because they all have a passion for helping people.  There are so many people involved with this event from all walks of life that are freely willing to give their time, money, services, and expertise to support the Red Cross.  I remember walking into the venue the night of the event and seeing how happy and excited everyone was.  Seeing this event come to fruition after all the months of work and preparation by so many peoples was an extraordinary feeling.

I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars because especially this last year we had all been reminded of how important the Red Cross is.  2017 seemed to be a never-ending array of natural disasters and the Red Cross was there for all of them, helping people when they need help the most.  Joining the cast of DWOS All-Stars is a way of helping that organization in a way I couldn’t do simply by myself.  Combine that with the camaraderie and good times that you get with a group of people brought together for a common cause and joining the cast of DWOS All-Stars was a no brainer.

 

Don’t miss out on this TWO NIGHT Extravaganza!

YOU do not want to miss out on the HOTTEST ticket in town!!! This is the “Last Dance” for the Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross.  We are going out with a TWO NIGHT extravaganza!  Check out the video below to find out how YOU can be part of the action.

 

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Grant Soletski &

I am a Professional Land Surveyor owning and operating Soletski Surveying prior to opening CrossFit Green Bay in October of 2010. Since beginning the gym I have coached five teams/individuals to the CrossFit Games regional competition and in 2014 I took a team to the CrossFit Games finishing 27th in the world.

I joined the Wisconsin National Guard in 2013 and am part of the 2-127th Infantry Battalion. I love this country and ever since I watched the towers go down in September of 2001 it’s been in my heart that I needed to give back to my country so a month before the cutoff age of 35 years old I decided to join. It was pretty difficult starting my military career as a 35 year old man amongst a majority of 18-21 year old men but it’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world.

I have been married to Betsy Soletski for 16 years this coming May with a 17-year-old son, Zachary, 13-year-old daughter, Emma and a 9-year-old daughter Grace. I am passionate about never stopping learning new things and helping others accomplish things they in their mind think are unattainable. Love my family, love my Lord, Love my country, Love the Wisconsin National Guard and most importantly learning to Love to dance! The dancing part though is taking a bit of coaching from my amazing coach and partner Angela because just as I am passionate about helping others attain their hopes and dreams she is helping me attain this one!

 

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Kelly Wolff

I’ve always loved to dance. I have many fun memories of dancing with my girlfriends in my parents’ basement, of being on my high school and college dance teams, and of course learning about ballroom dancing from Terry at TC Dance club.

During the day, I’m a scientist at Kimberly-Clark where I design lotions and potions for their personal care product lines. Kimberly-Clark is very supportive of both my volunteer activities to organize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) events for kids and my pursuit of sustainability initiatives to reduce waste from our daily habits, as we all depend on this planet to eat, drink, breath, and live.  After work, I enjoy teaching at Aerial Dance Pole Exercise, a fitness based studio for women (and men) to safely build strength and confidence through the aerial arts while having fun! In addition, I am working towards a Masters in Cosmetic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.

It’s difficult to pick out just one moment from DWOS 2017 that stands out, because there were so many great experiences.  I had so much fun getting to know the rest of the 2017 DWOS participants and the Red Cross volunteers (I’m talking to you Barb, Sharon, Shawn, and Tara!), as well as seeing others in the community come together to support Team Vixens last year. But the one thing that stands out the most for me, was the emotional jolt I felt when my friend and Team Vixen partner from last year, Lusine Weitz, first shared with me her experiences with the Red Cross in the immediate aftermath of the tragic 1988 Armenian earthquake. That feeling of empathy serves as a constant reminder of why we are here. It isn’t to ‘win’ or to worry about what others think about us or our routine, it is to do what we can to help others in need.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? Not only do I love to dance, I am honored to help raise money and bring awareness to the Red Cross and the work that they do for our community. Volunteering and supporting volunteer organizations are a part of how we show our compassion for each other and we reinforce our sense of community. That’s why I decided to participate in DWOS All-Stars, for when we help others, we truly get more out of it than we give. With this in mind I’d like to thank you for supporting this event and helping those in need in our community.