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2018 Dancing Stars of Central Georgia

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Spencer Maddox

Spencer Maddox is a young business professional here in Macon, Georgia. His passions include traveling the world and spending time with friends and family. He also is a huge participant in local community theatre at Theatre Macon. Spencer is the business manager for Classy Destinations, a local travel agency here in Macon, Georgia, and would love to help you plan your next trip. He would like to thank Laura for all her help this year! “She is what makes all of this happen! I couldn’t imagen doing this without her!” He would also like to thank everyone that has supported him during this Dancing Stars Season.

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Miguel Paredes

Miguel Paredes was born in Lima, Peru and has had a passion for dance since he was a young child. At the age of 11, Miguel moved to the United States and continued to further pursue his passion for dance. Miguel has been trained by some of the hottest Hip Hop choreographers in the industry such as Dave Scott, Tabitha & Napoleon, Twitch, Luther Brown WillDaBeast Adams, Sean Bankhead, and more. He also trains in Atlanta where he supports local artists and has appeared in numerous music videos. He is also the former Hip-hop Competition choreographer for Dance Dynamics, Peacocks's Performing Arts, and Houston County High School. Miguel is committed to giving back to the community and helps to raise money for different charities and participates yearly in the " Jay's Hope Foundation", where he teaches Hip-Hop to children who are battling cancer. Miguel would like to thank God first for allowing him to share his passion for dance, and his family for their endless support. 

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 Laura Thomason

Laura Thomason was born in Columbia, Missouri and lived aroung the West and Midwest before moving to Georgia in 2006.  She is Director of International Programs and Associate Professor of English at Middle Georgia State University.  She leads comprehensive internationalization at MGA, administering study abroad programs and international student services.

Laura studied ballet and jazz from grade school through college, began figure skating in her late 20s, and took up ballroom dancing in 2006.  She continues to train in ballet (with Jane Madison) and modern dance (with Jessica Hardman) as well as ballroom.  She and her husband Daniel Boudreault are dancesport athlete members of USA Dance Greater Macon Chapter 6059; they compete at the Silver level in American Smooth and American Rhythm styles.  With her star partner, Dean Copelan, Laura won the People's Choice award at Dancing Stars of Central Georgia 2014.

This year, Laura brings a new motivation to the competition: her mother Peggy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in late 2014.  "This disease is slowly robbing me, my family, and the world of a beautiful and beloved spirit." Laura says, "As friends have learned of my mom's diagnosis they have shared their own stories of loved ones who are affected.  Dancing Stars gives us all a chance to celebrate each other and lift each other up while we look forward to a day when Alzheimer's will be cured."

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 Daniel Boudreault

Daniel was born in Roberval, Quebec and lived in northern Quebec until moving to Georgia in 2003.  He works for Hutchinson Auto Mall and teaches ballroom dancing at Madison Studio of Dance Education with his wife Laura Thomason.  He has been danicng socially since high school and competitively since 2008.  As an instructor, Daniel loves to work with beginners to build their confidence, comfort, and enjoyment on the dance floor.  He is passionate about dance and eager to share that passion!

Daniel's grandfather Leon suffered from dementia; more recently, his mother-in-law Peggy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014.  As a person who values family above all, Daniel most regrets the toll that Alzheimer's takes on family relationships.  He is honored to participate in this event to show and spread his love of dance while contributing to Alzheimer's research, care and support.

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Mary- Kate Hunnicutt

Mary-Kate Hunnicutt was raised in Middle Georgia and has been dancing for 20 years.  She attended First Presbyterian Day School and is a member of Ingleside Baptist Church.  She has studied various styles of dance such as Classical Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Pom.  Mary-Kate trained at a pre-professional studio, International City School of Ballet, under the instruction of Georne Aucoin for over 10 years.  She also trained at Lone Star Ballet in Austin, Texas with Daniil and Stephanie Gaifullin,  She competed at Youth American Grand Prix, the world's largest international ballet competition, and qualified to dance in New York City at finals.  Mary-Kate has participated in BalletFest Atlanta and danced on Broadway at the Symphony Space Theatre in New York City. She also participated in the Nutcracker and was a member of Middle Georgia Youth Ballet.  She was accepted to attend various dance companies such as American Ballet, Washington Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education and many more.  She trained with several prestigious instructors such as Finis Jhung, Laura Alonso of Cuba, Musashi Alvarex, Martha Goodman, Jansuz Manzon, Gailene Stock, Adam Sklute, and many more.  Mary-Kate was on two collegiate dance teams at The University of Georgia as a Georgette and Dance Dawg, where she was captain and recipient of the Phyllis Dancz Award.  Mary-Kate is currently in Physician Assistant school at The Medical College of Georgia and is the head dance coach at Mercer University.

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 Mary Mattman

Mary Mattman is a 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia with an AB in Dance and an ABJ in Public Relations.  Mary graduated Magna Cum Laude and with High Honors from the Honors Program, completing her honors thesis on cultural appropriation of African American dance forms.  Mary earned her Masters of Dance Education through the University of North Carolina, Greensboro distance learning program in May 2017.  Mary also dances professionally in Atlanta as a member of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, and in Macon with the Macon Moving Company.  Mary has over ten years teaching experience, five in Georgia's public school system, and currently teaches dance at Central High School in Macon, GA.  Mary and her STAR Edward Clark were Judge's Choice Winners.

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 Danielle Bocchino

Danielle is a native of Brooklyn, NY and trained at Eliott Feld's Ballet Tech and Jacques d'Amboise's National Dance Institute.  She attended Long Island H.S. for the Arts and studied dance at Adelphi University.  Danielle completed her graduate studies at Columbia University and began her career as a counselor in NYC public schools.  She is currently the school counselor at Vineville Academy of the Arts.  Danielle stays active in the local performing arts community by choreographing for and performing in Theatre Macon productions such as Cinderella, A Christmas Story, and most recently, The Wiz.  This is her fourth year participating in and supporting this event.

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 Enrique Stallworth

Hello! My name is Enrique Stallworth and this is my biography. I am 22 years old and I reside in the humble city of Macon, GA. Im African American with a mix of indian and spanish. I graduated from westside high school in 2013. I am a professional dancer with the training I received from Pilar wilder- Lowden. My hobbies outside of dancing is roller skating, cooking and helping my family. Im offically signed with mcdonald selztic agency or MSA , one of the leading agencies in america for dancers!

 I completely understand how crucial Alzheimer's can be to a family, to cope and deal with that disease is depressing and can lead to a lot of pain for a family. So, I encourage others to help uplift anyone who is dealing with that disease inside of their family. I'm participating in this event to help bring awareness to those who have Alzheimer's inside of their families and to make one night feel magical to everyone who attends ! So , if you see it in your heart and in your beautiful mind , vote for meeee !! enrique stallworth ! Yep, that's me !

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Katie Belle Duke

Hello! My name is Katie Belle Duke. I have two brothers, Sam and Ben, my father is Sanford Duke, a local Otolaryngologist, and my mother is Jennifer Duke, a family practice physician and the winner of 2015 people's choice award for Dancing Stars of Central GA. I am excited to follow in her footsteps and perform in this year’s Dancing Stars of Central GA. I was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina but my family moved to Macon, Georgia when I was only one year old. I am currently eighteen years old and a senior at Stratford Academy. I will be graduating this May and will attend Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina to study Pre-Vet medicine. I have been dancing since I was three and I currently dance at Dance Arts Studios on Vineville. I have attended four dance summer intensives, including Joffrey South, Orlando Ballet twice, and this past summer I spent three weeks at Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan. I have performed on various stages in Macon, such as the Grand Opera House, Theatre Macon, Macon Little Theatre, the Douglass Theatre, and the Henry Tift Auditorium. I have been a member of the Spirit of Stratford Color Guard for three years and am excited to be a part of the Furman University Color Guard. I mainly dance ballet, pointe, and jazz, but I have experience in contemporary, tap, hip hop and many other styles of dancing. 

Alzheimer’s disease is the degeneration and death of brain cells and brain cell connectors, this results in the loss of memory and the inability to create new memories. Alzheimer's type dementia has had a significant effect on my family, spanning for several generations. I dance this year in honor of my great grandmothers, Lena Belle Duke, Sallie Lee Pilcher, and Wilhelmina Clifton, as well as my grandparents, Edgar Lee Duke and Miriam Clifton Pilcher. It is heartbreaking to watch a beloved family member slowly forget who they are and the memories of those around them. This year I hope to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association and to carry on the positive impact that my mother and family has had on this disease.

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Tom Carr

I am so excited to be a part of the pro cast of the 2018 Dancing Stars of Central Georgia!  I was a Star on the 2016 Dancing Stars of Central Georgia cast.  Throughout the years I have had several friends participate and all rave about how fun this was and the new friendships that were formed.  Not to mention it is for a great cause.  I was able to see this first hand as we were involved with their sister project the "Mercer Bears Blondes vs Brunettes" flag football event. The passion for this charity in Central GA is mind blowing!

I was born in the Middle GA area, and continued my college career in this area as well, attending GCSU, VSU, and finally Mercer University.  My roots run deep in the Central GA area, and I think it is important to keep the resources in our community.  I opened my office,  Nettworth Financial Group, here in 2000.  I am involved with our youth program at Vineville Methodist, and enjoy spending time with family and friends, exercising,  pretending to be a nutritionist ( pretending: key word) as well as travel and water sports.

When I was asked to be a part of this event I didn’t really feel I had a real connection to this disease, and then later this year I learned that one of the most influential and special people in my life, my grandfather, was actually diagnosed with this disease.  As I started to talk about it with others I learned that their grandmother, or uncle, someone they cared about has or had it - the number of people affected went on and on!

So, let’s band together and have a great time and raise some money for this amazing cause!!

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Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones is well rounded and versatile dancer and choreographer. Passionate about teaching, Rodney's choreography explores jazz, traditional and compeitive HBCU Dance (popularized on Lifetime's Hit TV show BringIt!), hip hop, contemporary, and West African Dance. Rodney currently works as Creative Director for Fierce Dance of Macon, and Auxiliary Coordinator for The Central High School Marching Sugarbear Band. Rodney Jones is a principal member of Hayiya Dance Theatre, Inc. and founder of the national championship winning team Pearls of Perfection (2013).

Being a part of Dancing Stars of Central Georgia allows Rodney not only to help raise awareness for an amazing cause, but to show everyone that every skill learned and every experience gained can be used to give back in ways larger than ever thought possible.

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Jayme Hale

Jayme Hale was raised in Middle Georgia and has been dancing for 20 years. Jayme has studied many different styles of dance such a Classical Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap and Clogging.  She has danced with Jane Madison , director of the Madison School of Dance Education in Macon for over 10 years.  Jayme currently teaches and choreographs for the Madison School.  She is a veteran fro the Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders ROAR.  While living in Jacksonville, she was the director of the dance program at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club, and was on the faculty as a dance teacher at Jacksonville Country Day School and First Coast Center for the Arts.  She has had the privilege to work with many choreographers such as Valerie Madonia, Danny Austin, Ryan Kasprzak, Olivier Wecxsteen and Trinity Hamilton.  This is Jayme's sixth year as a Pro dancer for the event. In  2015, Jayme’s choreography won the judges choice award! 

"I am honored to be a part of this great benefit for the Alzheimer's Association.  I have truly seen how this disease can affect many lives and families.