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ARTS AND CULTURE: Dancing with Our Stars returns Feb. 5 – The Tribune

ARTS AND CULTURE: Dancing with Our Stars returns Feb. 5 - The Tribune
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This year’s competition combines all-stars versus current stars

Dancing With Our Stars returns with previous winners facing new challengers.

The competition returns for its eighth year as local celebrities and their partners compete for one vote to win the famous Mirror Ball Cup on February 5th.

Reservations for Dancing with Our Stars 2022 can be made by calling the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center at 606-329-8888 Online voting has already begun and runs through to the competition on February 5. Evening with a sumptuous dinner from 3J group at 7 PM. The competition starts at 8 pm followed by dancing.

This year’s event, held by the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, will see 10 pairs including several dancers with the Ironton link:

• Viviane Khounlavong is a Certified Personal Trainer, Strength Trainer, Reiki Master, and E-500RYT Yoga Instructor/Therapist at Studio Dara Online and Tri-State Rehab/Preferred Fitness. She teaches yoga nationally and internationally. She also works as a yoga therapist in several sports departments.

• Rick Payne holds BA and BA degrees from Ohio University, and MA from University of Dayton. Rick sang and danced at many local events and theater productions.

• Missy Roper is the chief speech-language pathologist at the Pathway Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She also owns and operates her own business, Rooper Speech Therapy Services LLC. She was also a joint cheerleader for the Thunder Flock.

• David Markins is Ironton, a state and national vortex champion and has competed with Cindy’s studio in Ironton for 12 years. It was a major at Marshall University. He is now working as a full-time beautician at The Hot Spot Salon in Ironton.

• Jerry Compton, CEO of United Way of Northeastern Kentucky. She is passionate about improving the conditions of our society by identifying and addressing the critical root issues that lead to poverty. Jerry’s MS progression is under control, and she continues to live the (adjusted) life to the fullest while raising awareness about MS.

• Garrett Campbell trained in dance with the Yvonne Decay School of Dance. He can also be seen on the Paramount Theater in a variety of different roles.

Other dancers include:

• Josh Blanton is the plant manager in Vesuvius and the city commissioner of Ashland. He is a fourth-generation employee at Armco/AK Steel, and also serves as an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Logistics at Marshall University. In his spare time, Josh enjoys amateur astrophotography.

Siziah Blanton, originally from Monterrey, Mexico, grew up in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Health and Society. She is a Board Certified Trainee Behavior Analyst and provides Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. As the only therapist in the Tri-State area who offers services in Spanish, Cesiah also works at KDMC as a translator.

• Laura Patrick is currently the Director of the King’s Daughters Health Foundation. She attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill on a golf scholarship. Laura resides in Wortland with her husband Jared.

• Wyatt Wheeler developed his skills at Paramount Center for the Arts and Northern Kentucky University. He is the CEO of his own company, digital marketing agency, Wheeler Marketing and Consulting.

• Samantha Cleaver is a family nurse for Molina Healthcare. She worked at the Ashland Center for Women’s Health at OBGYN. She is an advanced cosmetic injector at LEO Medispa in Ashland, Kentucky.

• Hunter Scott is a gymnastics coach at Pride Athletics in Greenup, Kentucky, and assistant cheer coach for the 16-time UCA National Champion, and a Greenup High School cheerleader.

• April Russell Berry is Chairman and CEO of Kentucky Farmers Bank (KFB). April and her husband Don have two adult children, Connor and Kendall.

• Kendall Berry is the front line manager for Kentucky Farmers Bank. Kendall moved to New York City where she attended the New York Film Academy and pursued modeling, then moved to Los Angeles where she completed her MFA.

• Heather Moore attended Fairview High School. She received her BA from Morehead State University in Elementary Education. She has spent the past three years as a school counselor at Ponderosa Primary School.

• Greg Moore worked at King’s Daughters Medical Center as a Physician Assistant, with Dr. Arthur Gaing, in gastroenterology. He is the father of two adorable children, Peyton and Molly.

• Sheila Heck, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Kings Doggers Medical Center. She is also the former owner of Two Chicks Catering where she has received several awards.

• Mary Mullins lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and is the Director of E-Commerce Marketing Operations for Tempur-Sealy International. Before moving to Lexington, Kentucky, in 2019, Mary was an active member of the Ashland community and struggled to say “no” to Carol Allen (or her mother).

• BJ Burcham from Ohio. He is the owner of Identity Salon-Spa-Boutique, Identity KDMC and also The Groomed The Lounge. He serves on boards of directors and volunteers in many events and charities.

• Lauren Gibbs is Miss Ashland in 2001 and she now resides in Russell, Kentucky. She is the current owner of LGB Properties LLC and Tutu & Twirl. Lauren has danced all her life, trained all over the country and won many titles and national scholarships not only as a dancer, but also as a studio manager and coach. Lauren coached the Russell High School Varsity Dance Team that led them to seven National Championship titles.

Dancing With Our Stars is scheduled for February 5 at the Boyd County Community Center, located off I-64 Cannonsburg Exit 185. GPS address: 15605 KY-180, Catlettsburg, KY 41129.

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