Since 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.
Photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography, llc
There’s nothing like expression through movement. At age four I took my first ballet class in Delafield, WI, and haven’t stopped dancing since. My major of Environmental Policy and Planning and minor in Environmental Science brought me to UW Green Bay, where I fell in love with ballroom dance through UWGB’s club. It’s my goal to work with fresh water resources combatting our world’s water crisis; ideally working in water conflict management and transformation internationally.
I instruct Zumba aerobic classes at the Kress Events Center, love sports and am enthusiastic about anything active. This event marks the two and a half year point of my ballroom career in which I’ve earned State Champion titles, presidency position in club, and met people who mean the world to me. Without them, I wouldn’t be here dancing in ways I had only dreamed of and for that I am so grateful.
It’s a great privilege to be supporting the American Red Cross Team through this event. They do so much for our community, touching lives daily; this is a wonderful opportunity to share something that I love and make a difference doing it. A big thank you to Bob Warpinski and Tommy Lemkuil for making this experience fantastic the first time around, and to Pat Warpinski for making it happen again; it means so much to share this with you.
Bob Warpinski Jr. has been on the Encompass “Big Event for Little Kids” committee for 18 years. Last week, he surprised the committee members by performing one of the dances that will be featured at Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross fundraiser. Bob and his dance partner Taryn Oleson performed their Foxtrot to Moondance to tumultuous applause from the Encompass group. “It was fun,” Bob says, “and, we still have a month to practice before Dancing with the Stars on February 18.”
You can vote for Bob (or any of our 2012 Stars) at www.redcrossdwts.org.
More about the Big Event for Little Kids:
When: Saturday, April 14
Time: 9am – 4pm
Place: ShopKo Hall
Tickets Costs: Children under 1 are free. children 1-2 are $2.00 ($1.00 in advance), Children 2 and over and adults are $8.00 ($7 in advance). Find out more at encompasseec.org or by calling 469-1236.
The Big Event is a magical, fun-filled educational fundraiser geared to children age 10 and under and their families. The Big Event is a community-wide project that includes costumed characters, stage entertainment, creative arts projects, hands-on science and health activities, nature, vehicles, kid-friendly food, stuffed animals, books, and much, much more.
The Big Event is in its 24th year and is a major fundraiser for Encompass. Encompass is a not-for-profit organization providing care for children and support for families.
Originally established in 1919, Encompass operates seven licensed child care facilities in Green Bay and De Pere. We thank Encompass for their support of Bob and our local American Red Cross!