DWOS17 Meet our Star Dancers: Team E-Rock

Emily Matesic

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Emily back at it with her dance partner, Jay Morth

I’ve worked in broadcast journalism for more than 15 years. I’ve been with WBAY-TV since August, 2005, and in 2010 was promoted to Fox Valley Bureau Chief.

After a year as a production assistant on “Special Edition” (now “MSNBC Investigates”), I accepted a job as a reporter at WENY-TV in upstate New York in 2001. A month later I was anchoring. In 2002, I led the team that produced, wrote and edited a 90-minute, commercial-free special commemorating the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, earning the New York State Associated Press Award, the station’s first AP award.

I’ve has covered a lot of memorable stories, but my personal favorite was flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds when the elite aerobatic unit came to EAA AirVenture to perform for the first time in the summer of 2014.

A former Division I college soccer player, I still enjoy playing soccer today. I also volunteer for the American Red Cross, especially during the Dancing with Our Stars fundraisers.

And while I made Northeast WI my home, I’m originally from Pittsburgh and love to cheer for the Steelers.  As they like to say in my hometown, you can take the girl out of Pittsburgh but you can’t take the Pittsburgh out of the girl!

I remember dancing in the kitchen as a kid at a very young age.  My parents grew up in the 50’s/60’s so Motown was often playing in our house.  My dad was always spinning my mom around the kitchen doing a Jitterbug or a Cha-Cha.  I loved when my dad would grab my hand for my turn to take a spin!  Thirty-nine years later, my parents continue to dance and I still love dancing with my dad!

As a girl who grew up watching Dirty Dancing, I think the late Patrick Swayze would be my dream dance partner.   Nobody puts Baby/me in a corner!  But I’m hoping this experience inspires my fundraising teammate/fiancé, Rock, to enjoy dancing and maybe we can cut some rug more often!

I’m a homer so Mirror Ball Champion Hines Ward is definitely my favorite star dancer on Dancing with the Stars.  Antonio Brown was pretty impressive, too!  Pro-wise, I think Maks (Maksim Chmerkovskiy) tops my list.   While I don’t always like his bad boy, badass behavior, the guy can dance!!

As a reporter, I’ve covered lots of tragedies and I’ve seen people at their worst.  The Red Cross is always on those scenes not only helping the victims, but the emergency responders as well.   It doesn’t matter if it’s two in the morning or two in the afternoon, the Red Cross is always coming to the aid of others.

 

Adam Rockman

img_0476-57d1b3731fe39I 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 has a five-year-old son named Troy and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Desmo.  We live together with my wonderful fiancé and DWOS teammate, Emily Matesic.

For me, dancing usually involves quite a bit of vodka and looks closer to “The Humpty Dance” than any type of ballroom dancing. So, the night of the event should be interesting…

I’m supporting the American Red Cross because it always seems to be the first one in and the last one out to any tragedy or disaster.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a small local fire or a national emergency; the Red Cross is always there.

Want to support Team E-Rock?  Check out there fun Casino Night event on January 7th.  Click HERE for more information.

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“Move & Groove with Tammy” Red Cross “Dancing With Our Stars” Fundraiser

Move&GroovewithTammyCome warm up and get your New Year off on the right foot! Join me for a morning of fitness fun all to benefit our local Red Cross. Raffles, silent auctions & more.

As you may know I’m a celebrity dancer for the upcoming Red Cross “Dancing With Our Stars” event and this is my way of putting the “fun” in my fundraiser.

9:15 – 9:45am Yoga by Pedretti Power Yoga

10 – 10:30am Zumba with Energy Fitness & Dance

10:45 – 11:15am Core workout by Crossfit 920

11:30- 12pm Yoga by Evolve Yoga & Wellness

To register for the fitness fundraiser go to my Red Cross Donation website:
http://www.crowdrise.com/DWOSNew/fundraiser/tammyelliott

Click on “donate to this fundraiser”, make a $30 donation, in the comments section type “fundraiser”

Bring your yoga mat, towel and tennis shoes.  Any questions email telliott@wbay.com

Hope to see you there!

TAMMY

Just Try….. Wise Advise from the Next Generation

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Tammy Elliott photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography.

I’m an early riser by trade my alarm goes off at 2:20am to get ready for Action 2 News This Morning at 4:30. But seriously I love the nightlife. I want to go where the people dance. I want some action, I want to live!  Are you singing along with me yet? “I love the nightlife; I got to boogie on the disco, yeah”.

When I started writing my bio that song started running through my head. “I love the Nightlife” Alicia Bridges, circa 1978. Yes, I was alive and old enough to boogie to that beat.

So I’m hoping to polish my moves I now only show off at home during a fun time my family calls: “Friday Night Dance Party”.

“Dancing with Our Stars” will be an incredible opportunity to get into the groove and express myself in a new way!

Get to know Emily Matesic, Reporter, WBAY-TV

photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography, llc

I’ve been a performer my entire life and now I not only play a news reporter on TV, but I get to live out a fantasy and be a dancer!!!Born on New York’s Long Island I had dreams of performing on Broadway.  Those dreams quickly faded after I took my first ballet class and got yelled at ALL THE TIME for talking more than dancing.  Oh and I can’t sing either.So, after my failed attempt at NYC stardom (or my dad’s job transfer), my family moved to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA and that’s what I call home.  A regular tomboy, I grew up playing soccer and basketball and rooting for the Steelers, the Penguins, and the Pirates.  The Buccos are hard to root for today after 20+ losing seasons, but the Steelers and the Pens still have my heart.

I took my love of sports and turned it into a college scholarship playing soccer at Elon College (now Elon University) in North Carolina.  I double majored in Communications with a Broadcast emphasis and Journalism.  Following my four years at Elon, I hit the road once again for NYC, after I landed a job at MSNBC.  I worked behind the scenes for a year before getting my BIG BREAK!!  I was hired as a reporter for WENY (often referred to as weenie) in Elmira, NY.  After two and a half years in the Southern Tier I moved three hours south to Altoona, PA and worked for the CBS affiliate there before landing in Green Bay in 2005.

Since moving to Green Bay seven years ago, I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good airplane because someone asked me to be a “celebrity” skydiver.  I’ve also taken the Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Michigan in Jacksonport on January 1st for a story and I’ve fallen in love with a Yooper!

It’s been quite a ride here in Northeast Wisconsin and none of it would have been possible without the love and support of my family and friends.  I especially want to thank my parents for giving me my dance floor skills and my boyfriend Adam (Rock) Rockman for just being on my team.

HERE WE GO!!!

Check out Emily and her dance partner Jay doing an East Coast Swing:

Learn a bit more about Emily —–

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?   I remember dancing in the kitchen as a kid at a very young age.  My parents grew up in the 50’s/60’s so Motown was often playing in our house.  My dad was always spinning my mom around the kitchen doing a Jitterbug or a Cha-Cha.  I loved when my dad would grab my hand for my turn to take a spin!  Thirty-five years later, my parents continue to dance and I still love dancing with my dad! 

Who is your dream dance partner? As a girl who grew up watching Dirty Dancing, I think the late Patrick Swayze would be my dream dance partner.   Nobody puts Baby/me in a corner!

But if I had to choose someone who was still living it would definitely be Maksim Chmerkovskiy.  I just love how he pushes his partners and the limits on DWTS!!  And let’s be honest, he’s just HOT!!!

Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why?  You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh, but you can’t take Pittsburgh out of the girl which is why Hines Ward is definitely my favorite “celebrity” dancer of all time on DWTS.   I remember watching Hines hoist the Mirror Ball trophy while answering phones for the Red Cross Heartbreak to Hope telethon at WBAY-TV last year.

Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? As a news reporter I often see people at their worst, whether they’ve lost their home to a fire or a loved one to war.  These are always heartbreaking stories, but at times they’re also uplifting because I get to see firsthand what the American Red Cross does to help others. Everything from giving a child a blanket or a stuffed animal to help comfort them following a tragedy to feeding the first responders who arrive at a scene, the Red Cross really does help to change lives. Plus, this one time, a volunteer gave me and all the other reporters and photographers a really good breakfast sandwich while we were covering an event!

Hobbies or passions: In no particular order of importance…

– Steelers Football, don’t hate me, I’m not a Green Bay native

– Soccer, I played in college and I still play today

– Cooking, I love to try new recipes and would love to cook with any of the chefs on The Food Network

– My nephews, 4-year old twins Matty and Tommy and their baby brother who is expected to make his debut in January of 2013.

– “I LOVE to dance!”  — quoting Sarah Jessica Parker from my favorite 80’s movie “Girls Just Want to have Fun”