Ryan Martin — Dancing With Our Stars Auction: 12 Days of Bidding:

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Kick off your holiday shopping (or treat yourself) while supporting a great cause. This online auction has a variety of wonderful and unique items and experiences available thanks to the generosity of family and friends of Ryan Martin as well as community supporters.

All of the items have been donated, so the proceeds from this online auction will 100% benefit the American Red Cross and help Ryan Martin reach his Dancing with our Stars fundraising goal. You will have twelve days of bidding — this auction runs Monday, November 28 through Saturday, December 9.

Click HERE to get started!!

Check the Facebook page for the last day of the auction, so you can check back in on your bids just in time!

DWOS17 – Meet our Star Dancers: Dr. Ryan Martin

ryanmartingreybg550px-57c9f64c59315I’m the chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a nationally known anger researcher.  I earned my doctorate from the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi where I studied anger under Dr. Eric Dahlen.  I teach courses in Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Emotion, Research Methods in Psychology, and a capstone course on anger and violence.  Although I study healthy and unhealthy anger in a variety of contexts, I’m best known for my work on how anger is expressed through social media.  My work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today as well as on National Public Radio and various other news outlets.

I’ve been married for 16 years and have two young sons, with whom I spend most of my free time. Our family enjoys trips to Door County and visits with other family throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Green Bay, family time is spent at Bay Beach, the Farmers Market, the Children’s Museum, kids’ sports and dance lessons, and bike rides on various trails throughout Green Bay. When I take time for myself, I enjoy running, my favorite pastime, and run as many of the local races as possible.

My first dance memory comes from when I was around five or six-years-old and was at a wedding with my family.  I was watching people dance and I really wanted to get out on the dance floor with them but was a little bit too shy.  I went and found my mom and she invited me to dance with her.  I remember being struck by how bad I was compared to everyone else.  They had all made it look so easy and I just felt awkward and weird.

My wife, Tina, is my dream dance partner. While Apolo Anton Ohno is my favorite all-time performer from “Dancing with the Stars”. I had been a big fan of his from watching him in the Olympics, and really admired his personal story.  His freestyle dance on DWTS, though, was particularly amazing.

(L-R) Shawn Kiser, MC interviewing Dr. Ryan Martin at our Kickoff event on Oct 4 at The Marq.

(L-R) Shawn Kiser, MC, interviewing Dr. Ryan Martin at our kickoff event on Oct 4 at The Marq.

I moved to Green Bay from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in July of 2005, less than two months before Hurricane Katrina devastated the place I called home for five years.  I had many friends, coworkers, and former students who were living throughout southern Mississippi and Louisiana, and I watched with sadness and fear as they suffered because of the storm.  I remember feeling profoundly helpless as I watched things unfold, but I also remember all the volunteers that were being dispatched by the American Red Cross to help.  It was comforting to know that someone was doing something, and that even though I couldn’t help directly, I could donate to the people who were able to.

I am excited to get involved in the Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser for two reasons. First, and most obviously, I believe in the Red Cross and value the work they do.  I am happy to raise money for the organization that was there for so many of my friends and has been there for so many others.  Second, as a teacher I am constantly encouraging my students to step outside of their comfort zone and try things that are new and difficult.  Dancing as part of this fundraiser is a chance for me to do the same.

Looking for a way to support Ryan? Here are two campaigns going on for this October.  Check out his event facebook page for more information.  “Vote” online for Ryan at:

https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/fundraiser/ryanmartin17

 

 

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Get to Know our Star Dance Partners: Taryn Oleson

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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.

Get to Know our Dancer Partners: Alyssa Zellner

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I am a senior at UW-Green Bay completing my undergraduate degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in exercise science. I was first introduced to ballroom dancing my freshman year of college. There’s always so much to learn and I love to challenge myself to learn new dances. My first experience with ballroom was at the state competition in Milwaukee, with two other competitions, Wausau’s Fall Ball and Adagio Social Competition in Appleton, recently following. This year will be my third year for dancing for the American Red Cross.

Learning how to ballroom dance and perform was a goal ever since I was little, and now I am so addicted to it. The more I dance, the more I have grown to enjoy the dances and the people. My favorites tend to change, but some that intrigue me are the waltz, tango, cha-cha, and samba. Besides ballroom dancing, I enjoy being outside, helping on my parents’ farm where I grew up, downhill skiing, ultimate frisbee, singing (in the shower sometimes), yoga, traveling, and spending time with all my friends and wonderful family.  I know all the stars will be great for the Red Cross Fundraiser at the 2013 Dancing with Our Stars! The volunteers at the Red Cross do so many wonderful things for the local community every single day, and I am so grateful to be able to support their mission and be part of the team!

Get to Know Intern Dancer Taryn Oleson

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 double major of Environmental Science and Environmental Policy and Planning brought me to UW- Green Bay, where I fell in love with ballroom dance through UWGB’s ballroom club. 

It’s my goal to work with fresh water supplies to combat our world’s water crisis; ideally implementing small scale water and sanitation systems in developing countries where supplies are scarce.  

I instruct Zumba aerobic classes at the KressCenter, love sports and am enthusiastic about anything active.  This event marks the year and a half point of my ballroom career in which I’ve earned State Champion titles, an officer 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 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.

Get to know our Dance Partners: Alyssa Zellner

I grew up in a small town and was raised on a farm, and there’s nothing like the feeling of being in the country.  I am a sophomore at UW Green Bay, and I am majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis in exercise science. I plan to continue my academic career at UW Lacrosse double majoring in Physical Therapy and Exercise Science with an emphasis in performance and/or fitness.

I adopted a more busy lifestyle when I joined the ballroom club my freshman year.  I’ve been participating in competitions since my enrollment in the ballroom club. My first experience was at the state competition in Milwaukee, with two other competitions, Wausau’s Fall Ball and Adagio Social Competition in Appleton, following. Learning how to ballroom dance was one of my goals ever since I was little, and now I found myself in love with it. The more I dance, the more I have grown to enjoy certain ones, in which the Tango, Waltz, Swing, and Cha Cha are some of my personal favorites, and I am anxious to master the Quickstep, Jive, and Samba.

No matter what type of day I am having, ballroom always enlightens my mood. Besides Ballroom dancing, a few other activities I enjoy are skiing, Ultimate Frisbee, showing livestock, playing with my dogs, spending time with my friends, singing, and traveling. 

I am extremely excited and honored to be part of the 2010 Dancing with the Stars fundraiser for the American Red Cross. I believe the tasks that the volunteers of the Red Cross perform are so meaningful to the community. I feel it is important to recognize what they do for those in need, and I am glad to be part of such an event to help fulfill their mission.

Get to know our Dance Partners: Rane Cegelski

I’m born and raised in good old Green Bay WI. I’m currently attending NWTC and working for my General Studies Certificate and then going on to work towards my PhD in Psychology. I got involved with ballroom dancing from watching the first year of Dancing with our Stars as a volunteer, and of course watching the TV show Dancing with the Stars.

I’m a Wisconsin State Champion in both Latin and Smooth dances. And my favorite dances are the Foxtrot and Waltz because the elegance grace of the dances. But my all time favorite dance is the Jive because it fits my energetic and witty personality or, as my friends like to say I have coffee in my blood.

I support the Red Cross as a blood donor (2 Gal. Donor) and because of the variety of services that they provide. I’m certified in services such as Lifeguard, CPR/AED and Water Safety Instructor and soon to be an instructor for Lifeguard and CPR/AED and Fist Aid.

My hobbies are swimming, I was on the Green Bay United Mens High School team, I also played Varsity Volleyball for 3 years for Preble/East. And of course music and dancing is my main hobby. And I love working with kids especially when I’m teaching the swim lessons or coaching them.

Meet the Dance Partners: Jay Morth

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Jay is a student at UWGB who is receiving a B.A. in Applied Music and a minor in Arts Management.  He started Ballroom Dancing at a really young age, but didn’t start really enjoying the art of Ballroom until his sophomore year in college at UW Fox Valley.

Jay is originally from Menasha, WI, and has lived there for his entire life until he came to Green Bay for his education.  His passion for the arts has driven him this far to continue and learn as much as he can and it will continue to motivate him.  

Learn a little more about Jay:

1.  Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? 

The first recollection of dancing for Jay was at an age of 6 years old when his father was home and wanted to practice some East Coast Swing.  He said “ Son, come here, I would like to show you something about dancing.”  I was like “what in the world is happening, I don’t dance, but I got up and I learned the basic step to the Swing that day.”

2.   Tell about your ballroom experiences.  How did you get into it? 

Jay has been Ballroom dancing competitively for a little over a year.  He has had prior teaching his sophomore year in college, but it was all learning dance patterns and strictly recreational.  It was a fun time of his life, and then he came to UWGB and started learning technique which he has found helpful and challenging, and always an extremely fun time. 

3.  Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and why? 

 Unfortunately, Jay does not watch much TV, but hears many great things about the dancers on the show. 

4.  What’s your favorite song?

There are many songs Jay enjoys a lot. His favorite song would have to be “More than Words” by Extreme.  It has been a favorite of his since the age of 5, next would be Meatloaf’s, “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that”– another favorite from his childhood. 

5. Why support the Red Cross with your participation?

 Jay supports the Red Cross because they are an organization that has been around for many, many years and performs wondrous tasks to support people in need.  Since he strongly believes in helping others when he can, it only seems right to support an organization that helps others in a positive manner.

Hobbies or passions:  Jay likes to spend his time outside playing sports such as Lacrosse, Tennis and, Disc Golf when the weather is nice.  Otherwise he is found playing piano, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.