Was a part of Aubie's 2012 UCA Mascot National Championship team
Peyton Alsobrook is an Opelika native and the son of O.D. and Colleen Alsobrook. He graduated from Opelika High School in 2009 and is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Finance at Auburn University. Peyton was a "Friend of Aubie" at Auburn University from 2011 to 2013 and was a part of Aubie's 2012 UCA Mascot National Championship team. After graduation, he plans to pursue an M.B.A in Sports and Entertainment Management.
Dancing has run in Peyton's family for several generations. Peyton credits his grandmother, Mary Goldman, who taught him to do "The Charleston" at a young age as well as his parents and brothers, who have had him dancing at weddings since he was a toddler, for teaching him how to dance. He believes that dancing provides an opportunity for people to forget about what's going on in the world and have a good time. Though Peyton strongly disagrees with his title as a "pro," he is thrilled to be helping raise money for such an outstanding cause.
Founder and partner of ida-clair, a wholesale southern flair boot sock business based in Auburn
My name is Samantha Bradshaw and I am a founder and partner of ida-clair, a wholesale southern flair boot sock business based here in Auburn, Alabama. I also have the privilege of serving as President of Blessings on the Plains Foundation. This foundation has hopes of creating a community within a community for adults with disabilities to live and prosper. I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Home Economics Education. I am married to Hallman Bradshaw and we have 2 boys who keep us busy. I returned to Auburn to start working for the family business, Waid Home Center.
Unfortunately, I have no dancing experience whatsoever, but am willing to give it a whirl for the children who benefit from this great organization. If this competition involved cooking, sewing or pricing lumber I might be able to hold my own!
Dancing Stars of East Alabamac/o Kathy Powell State Farm2408 East University DriveSuite 104Auburn, AL 36830
Director of Starlet Academy at Make Your Move in Opelika
Jennifer first began her dance studies with Marty Moore of Dance Syndicate in Auburn, AL. After working for several years following her college graduation, Jennifer decided to start checking items off her "bucket list”, and returned to dance in 2005. Jennifer quickly devoted all of her spare time to learning, studying and absorbing everything she could about teaching, performing and choreographing dance. Her organizational skills and ability to quickly adapt to any situation are infectious! Her love for the Art form and her energy and zest for life is truly an inspiration to all that come in contact with her!
Jennifer balances a full-time career by managing a family business and being Director of Starlet Academy at Make Your Move in Opelika. Jennifer loves water sports, kickboxing and fashion but her biggest joy is her son, Maxwell!
Spent the last 6 years in the world of professional mixed martial arts
I was born in Birmingham, Alabama. The last 8 years I have lived in Auburn as an owner operator of Auburn Mixed Marshall Arts. I have spent the last 6 years in the world of professional mixed martial arts both as a fighter and a trainer. I am the proud father of 2 big black dogs. I enjoy gardening and outdoor activities in my free time.
Although I have a 16 year history as a music lover, I will be training for this event with literally zero dance experience! With a career in athletics and a love of music I think I show great promise!
As the daughter of a dance teacher, Jaime Moore began her dance training as soon as she could walk
As the daughter of a dance teacher, Jaime Moore began her dance training as soon as she could walk. Despite extensive training in ballet, jazz, acrobatics and lyrical, Jaime realized her true passion was tap. She has been extremely fortunate to have studied under some of the most influential tap legends of old, as well as the up and coming tap legends of tomorrow. Growing up in Memphis, TN, the influence of hip hop music inspired a fusion of tap and hip hop, which she has dubbed TapHop, that continues to grow and mutate into new and exciting choreography.
Jaime's love of performing led her to pursue a degree in Commercial Entertainment at Columbia State in Franklin, TN. While living in the Nashville area, she was blessed with the opportunity to work in videos for DC Talk, as well as several Industrials and Demos for major corporations. Upon graduation, she was immediately hired as of Host/Dancer/Show Captain of the “NickToons Summer Jam Show” at Paramount's King's Island in Cincinnati, OH, where she won an IAAPA award for “Outstanding Performer in a Children's Show”.
Realizing her love for children, she has since settled down in Alabama, where she co-directs Make Your Move Performing Arts with her best friend/sister. Her goals are many. High on the list is to instruct dance in a positive manner, to create thinking and intelligent dancers who are not only technically brilliant, but creative and passionate about dance.
Many of Jaime's protégés have credentials in Broadway/Television/Film, operate successful studios, and appear on numerous convention circuits. Other credits include: Master Teacher, National Award Winning Choreographer, National Competition Adjudicator, wife to Aric and super-proud mommy to her son Camden.
Chef David Bancroft is the owner of Acre, located in downtown Auburn.
David Bancroft is the Chef and owner of the local restaurant, Acre. David grew up in San Antonio, but has family roots in Alabama. David was a Marketing Major at Auburn University. While at Auburn, Chef David Bancroft’s love of fresh foods and cooking flourished. Any event at his fraternity, he catered! He has taken his interest in ‘farm to table’ cuisine and made it his signature. He was previously the executive chef at Amsterdam Café and Auburn University Club. He is affiliated with the National Restaurant Association, Alabama Restaurant Association, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, Buy Fresh-Buy Local, Slow Foods. According to wife, Christin he has limited dance ability, but has great potential.
Earned a BA in Dance and Business Administration from the University of Alabama
I am from Lineville, Alabama and started in gymnastics and dance at the age of 5. After high school, I received a performing arts scholarship to Southern Union State Community College. After winning Miss Southern Union in 2007, I continued my training by earning a BA in Dance and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 2009. I was an instructor at Variations Dance Studio for 2 years before I purchased a one way ticket to New York City where I performed in several music videos, Hudson City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” and with a modern company. After spending a year in the city, I followed my dreams to the sea to perform with Royal Caribbean Entertainment. After coming home between contracts I then fell back in love with the Plains where I was granted the opportunity to climb back on board with Variations as an instructor and competition director.
At 22, Mitch was hired as Prince Charming at Disney World
I was born and raised in Notasulga, Alabama and I live there today. I have been married to Becky Bush from Montgomery for 19 years. I have a 26 year old son and a 31 year old daughter. I am the owner of a medical document retrieval company.
I’ve enjoyed dancing since high school. At the age of 22 I was hired as Prince Charming at Disney world, that is where I really learned about dancing. My wife and I enjoy dancing every chance we get.
She is heavily involved in the Auburn University Swing Dance Association as an instructor, President, and Event Coordinator
Kathryn has lived in Auburn her whole life and is now attending Auburn University as an Industrial and Systems Engineering student. She is also currently a co-op at Disney World in their Industrial Engineering department. She has also been working at Marble Slab Creamery for the past five years. She is heavily involved in the Auburn University Swing Dance Association as an instructor, President, and Event Coordinator.
Kathryn started swing dancing in January 2007. In order to become a better dancer and instructor, she had attended events across the country such as Southern Belle Swing Bash, Atlanta Varsity Showdown, Midwest Lindyfest, Lindy Focus and others. Kathryn won the 2011 Intermediate/Advanced Jack and Jill Competition at Atlanta Varsity Showdown, was also a "Pro" dancer for Dancing Stars of East Alabama in 2011. In 2012, she placed third in the Balboa division at SOLA in Orlando, FL and came in third place in the Advanced Strictly Lindy Division at Atlanta Varsity Showdown.
A veterinary professor at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for almost 33 years
For almost 33 years I have been a veterinary professor at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I have been married to my wife Dr. Rebecca Hendrix for over 40 years and we have lived in Auburn since 1981. We have one daughter, Charlotte, and one son-in-law, Mr. John Goodin, a true Auburn gentleman!
I enjoy SWIMMING . . . a lot! I have swum at least one mile every day – logging in a little over 15,600 miles since September 1, 1974! In 1997, I was number one in the world in a worldwide swimming competition, the February Fitness Challenge. I swam a total of 358.01 miles in 28 days. You can accomplish anything in life by simply taking “one stroke at a time.” Oh, by the way, I have had four rotator cuff surgeries on two shoulders and one left hip replacement, so I will not be performing any fancy “lifts” or even a “split” during this competition. But . . . I ain’t down yet! I believe myself to be the “Valerie Harper” of this Dancing Stars Competition! I am a one-year-out prostate cancer survivor – all thanks to God and Dr. John Cabelka and his wonderful professional associates in the Radiation Oncology Department of the East Alabama Medical Center. To battle cancer and to compete in this competition, as well as in life, one must always keep a positive mental attitude and be a fighter! My ultimate goal is to finish this competition with the audience saying, "Look at that young man dance! He and his partner really made me SMILE."
In this past summer, she moved on to open up her own dream, the newest dance school in town, Dancers Inc.
Christian Rockhill began her dance career at the age of three. She first studied under the direction of Heather Henson in Douglasville, Georgia. In Douglasville she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and Celtic dance. At the age of thirteen, Christian was diagnosed with cancer which forced her to let dance go for a few months, but it was dance that in turn rehabilitated her throughout her teenage year.
At the age of fifteen, in addition to ballet, tap, and jazz, Christian began exploring contemporary and hip hop styles under the direction of Kiki McDaniel. Upon exiting high school, Christian was not only awarded a bill of health, but she achieved a full dance scholarship from Southern Union where she studied under Sonja Fincher. At Southern Union, Christian not only was given many opportunities for lead dance roles, but she was also hired by the director over the dance department to choreograph and teach six dances for the end of year Dance Production: Kaleidoscope.
After entering Auburn University for the Special Education program, Christian performed in various shows including Adrienne Wilson’s Gotta Dance, Jeri Dickey’s Dance to Breathe, Chase Bringardner’s production of Cabaret as Fritzie, and Fereshteh Rostampour’s Dance By Design. She also began teaching dance at Rising Starz in 2010. Two of her choreographed pieces won their divisions at competition: a hip hop solo, and a tap duo.
Christian choreographed over fourteen dances for the Rising Starz recital in ’11. In this past summer, she moved on to open up her own dream, the newest dance school in town, Dancers Inc. Christian believes in the art of teaching. She works hard to see that each one of her students has the knowledge and positive support they need to be the best they possibly can be.
Senior Director of Growing Room Child Development Center in Auburn
I am an "army brat" whose parents settled in the Loveliest Village on the Plains when I was 12 years old. I am the Senior Director of Growing Room Child Development Center in Auburn and have been working here since the day we opened in 2008! I also enjoy volunteering in the community through organizations such as The Junior League of Lee County and participating in various fundraising events that help support children in the area.
My husband Will Autrey and I have two children, Thomas (7) and Gianna (6) who currently attend Dean Road Elementary School. In our spare time (haha!) we enjoy Auburn Football, glamping (that’s glamorous camping,) mixed martial arts, watching The Voice and Dancing with the Stars.
After working with children for the past 10 years I realize the importance of child advocacy. I am eager to step outside of my comfort zone to raise money for such an amazing cause that allows children to have a voice.
Owner and Director of the Auburn Pointe School of Dance on South College Street
Shelly is the owner and director of the newly established Auburn Pointe School of Dance on South College Street. She is also the proud wife of Reese Stansell, and the mother of three wonderful children. A graduate of Auburn University, the majority of Shelly’s dance training began post college, first in Florida then in Tennessee. Concentrating in Classical Ballet, Jazz, and Modern technique, Shelly trained and performed around the southeast until the arrival of their 3rd child. With a relentless passion for dance Shelly then began teaching and training other students in the Tennessee area, ultimately opening her own program at the request of the community. Eventually, Reese and Shelly felt called back to Auburn (War Eagle!) where they, after much prayer and consideration, decided to open another program to serve the Auburn community and university students. Excited to combine two of her greatest passions, Auburn and dance, Shelly has brought her technical expertise of dance to her favorite “Village on the Plains”, opening Auburn Pointe School of Dance in January of 2013.
When asked to be a part of Dancing Stars of East Alabama, Shelly was excited to hear that the resources gained would go to help children in the community. Having a heart especially for exploited children, the opportunity to use dance to help these children was a dream come true. Shelly is also excited to be able to dance with Ashley, whom she met while looking for her families forever home in Auburn. Her goal for this competition is to train hard, have fun, and help the children of our community who need it most.
Ashley is a native of Opelika, Alabama and top producing realtor in Lee County
Ashley is a lifetime resident of Lee County. She graduated from Opelika High School in 2000 and Auburn University in 2004. Soon after graduating, she began a real estate career with Prestige Properties, where she has continually been recognized as the top listing and sales agent for the company. Ashley received the honor of National Association of REALTORS Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2011 and Lee County REALTOR of the Year in the same year.
She has a heart for community service and has served on multiple committees and boards in the area. She has been a leader in the Lee County Association of REALTORS for several years and is the 2014 President of the association's Board of Directors.
Ashley began dancing at the age of three and continued through her college years. She danced professionally with a company based in Atlanta, Georgia that provides entertainment and performance services for various organizations and artists throughout the southeast. She put her performing passion aside when she began her career in real estate and she's excited (as well as anxious) to be back on a stage, raising funds for the children of our community.
Ashley enjoys writing, running with friends and spending time outdoors, but her first love is her family. She's married to, James Durham, and has two sons, Raleigh (4 yrs) and Rivers (1 yr). They are all excited to have Mom be a part of Dancing Stars of East Alabama!
Studied dance at Auburn Ballet School and Variations Dance Studio
Growing up in Auburn, Jeanne Kelly Davino studied dance at Auburn Ballet School and Variations Dance Studio, performing various roles in The Nutcracker. Kelly became involved in showchoir and theatre while attending Auburn schools, as well as the Springer Theatre Academy in Columbus, GA. At Auburn University, Kelly performed in a dance piece choreographed by Bill Evans that was taken to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She was a member in the inaugural year of Auburn University Mosaic Theatre Company. Kelly choreographed various shows in the Auburn area: Auburn Area Community Theatre’s Hairspray; Auburn Area Community Theatre Children’s Theatre’s 101 Dalmatians; and an Auburn University student directed production of Stones in His Pockets.
In 2013, Kelly received her B.A. in theatre at Auburn. Kelly is a former instructor at Variations Dance Studio. Recently she was a guest artist for the Adventures in Art 2013 for the 4th and 5th graders of Auburn City Schools. Currently Kelly is working in TV and film. Kelly strives to bring the arts to everyone in her community, especially those untouched by the arts. She believes dance can be used as a vehicle for creativity and for mental, physical, and spiritual health.
A sales representative for International Wines and Craft Beer
I am a sales representative for International Wines and Craft Beer. I am a graduate of Auburn University and proud to call Auburn home. I have two daughters, Ally, 17 and Molly, 9. I enjoy reading, traveling, sports and spending time with my family. I love dancing and enjoy watching others perform. I am extremely excited to be dancing for the children of Lee County!
A local real estate broker
My name is Mary Cho, my husband Yung and I have lived in Auburn for a long time, I am real estate broker, after our two sons Peter and Albert started college, we started to learn ball room dancing. A few years ago we were lucky enough to meet Omar, we started to learn Argentine tango from him, we really fell in love with the dance. Tango music is so beautiful, the movement is so graceful. We are still taking lessons from Lynda and Rick Wilson weekly, they are professional instructors from Atlanta, we are fortunate that they can come to teach in Auburn.
A psychiatrist at East Alabama Medical Center
I'm a dad of two awesome pre-teens, a husband to a really lucky wife (kidding, really I'm out of my league), and a psychiatrist at East Alabama Medical Center. I graduated from the University of Georgia, and served in the United States Air Force until I finally learned that I would never fly an airplane. That took 10 years. Somehow my wife and I found our way to the Loveliest Village and have loved it for the last 6 years.
Dancing? I've never really been much of a dancer except for WINNING the Chicken Dance Competition with my daughter at the last Daddy-Daughter Date Night (so, yeah, I'm pretty good). I'm busy taking care of psychiatric patients, working with my son in Boy Scouts, watching my daughter dance, and playing guitar and drums. If I could do anything for a whole day, though, it'd be sitting in a warm, sunny room with my wife, Lisa, and reading all the C.S. Lewis that I haven't read yet. If trying to dance will raise some money for children in need, bring it on, ballroom!
Trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and a certified Zumba instructor
I'm from Lineville Alabama. A small town north of Auburn that has only 2 red lights! I graduated high school from Lineville in 2007 and I then graduated nursing school from SUSCC in December of 2012. I've been working as a registered nurse in labor and delivery since January 2013 and I love every minute of it! I now know that it is TRUE about full moons and women going into labor! My pride and joy is my daughter Natalie Grace. She will be 7 on March 2.
I've been dancing since I was 3 years old. I took ballet, jazz, and tap. When I was in 7th grade I started cheer leading and I was on a competition cheer squad for 3 years. In May of 2011, I got certified to teach Zumba and I've been teaching ever since. I stay busy with being a full time mom, nurse and teaching Zumba. I enjoy being my daughter’s room mom for the 2nd year in a row. I was voted OA Now best fitness instructor for 2011... I'm a member of the Junior League of Lee County. I am excited to dance for the kids in Lee County.
Owner of Chester Farms and R.E. Chester and Company
I grew up in Auburn and have just moved back after 8 years in Birmingham. I have a background in music and marketing. I have never danced in my whole life but I am coordinated and I have rhythm.
I am glad to dance for the children of Lee County.
Currently I own Chester Farms which is a produce farm near Waverly. I specialize in heirloom tomatoes.
Also, I own R. E. Chester and Company that specializes in salvage and products that are made from reclaimed materials.