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2022 Dancing Stars of Columbus

Georgia

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PRO Bridget Adams

Bridget Adams began her dance training with Jackie O’Neal School of Dance in Birmingham, Alabama with a concentration in ballet, jazz, and acrobatics. After 10 years of training and assistant teaching, she began teaching at Nix Dance Studio in Auburn, Alabama. It was here that she realized her passion for teaching dance, especially the beautiful, classical art of ballet. After completing her degree in Fine Arts from Auburn University in 2004, she moved with her husband Steve to Columbus, Georgia and began teaching and furthering her classical ballet knowledge at CSU Youth Dance Conservatory. Bridget has enjoyed performing many classical roles with The Columbus Ballet, YDC’s partner for classical performances. She has also been privileged to co-direct and direct many classical, modern, and original works with YDC and The Columbus Ballet over the past 18 years. Bridget is currently the Artistic Director of YDC as well as a seasonal artistic director for The Columbus Ballet. Above all this, the ability to share her passion for dance with young students of the Youth Dance Conservatory gives Bridget a joy beyond words.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to join other dancers and professionals in Columbus to bring awareness and support to the Alzheimer’s Association. Break a leg everybody!  

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 PRO Tracie Chamblee 

Tracie is a native of Hamilton, GA. She graduated from Harris County High School in 1998 and Columbus State University in 2003 with a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science.

Tracie began dancing at the age of 5 and has continued throughout her adult years. She began competing with Cottrell Dance Studio in Columbus at age of 10, being one of the youngest competitors to represent the studio at that time. She competed through high school and into college. During her years at Columbus State, she was a member of the dance team that won the conference championship two years in a row. She performed two years at the College Dance Team National Championships in Orlanda, representing Columbus State.

Tracie has performed witht he Moscow Russian Ballet, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and two Orange Bowls featuring Jon Secada and Gladys Knight. She has been an assistant and an instructor at Cottrell Dance Studio since her high school years. She currently teaches ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical, with a passion for tap.

This is Tracie's fourth year as a PRO for Dancing Stars of Columbus. She has a personal connection with Alzheimer's, losing both of her grandmothers to the disease. She is honored to be participating in such a wonderful cause and hopes that because of our fundraising and research we can finally put an end to this devasting disease. 

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PRO Joshua Edens

A native of Ft. Benning, GA, Joshua is a graduate from Columbus State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a graduate from Columbia Southern University with a Master’s in Occupational Safety and Health. He currently is the OSHA Compliance Specialist for Aflac. 

Joshua’s dance career began 11 years ago at Company C, Academy of Dance in Columbus, Georgia. As a member of the competitive team, Joshua has been awarded numerous Top Overall placements, special judge’s recognitions, first place rankings at several regional and national dance competitions and also received the title of “2014 Mr. StarQuest.” Not only does he continue to train in various styles of dance including hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, tap and jazz, but he also serves as an Instructor and Operations Manager for Company C, Academy of Dance. 

Joshua has had the opportunity to participate in the Miss Georgia pageant as a featured dancer for five years, has been a PRO dancer for the Alzheimer’s Associations Dancing Stars of Columbus for the past 6 years, has choreographed and coached for multiple high school dance teams, cheerleading teams and coaches for multiple pageant contestants in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen system. Joshua is returning as one of the PROS for the sixth year and is ready to make this year even better than last year. 

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 PRO J.J. Harrison 

JJ Harrison is a Columbus native, as of the age of 6 who recently graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a Minor in Dance. He currently works at Teen Advisors, Inc for the Velocity program and also helps serve on the Teen Advisor, Grad Staff, Discipleship, and Podcast teams at Teen Advisors. He plans to attend a Bible college in the fall and find a full-time job sometime soon.  

JJ began dancing at Passion Works Dance Academy toward the end of his junior year in high school and was blessed to become a teacher for the studio from the summer of 2018 to the spring of 2019, as well! This is JJ’s third Dancing Stars event here in Columbus. He is the reigning champ for the boat two years and hope to bring home the victory again this year with his new partner.  

JJ has a heart for service and fundraising, and he ultimately wants to help the Alzheimer Association’s cause to be broadened and strengthened! He believes God’s hand is on the Alzheimer’s Association and loves that he can help this cause. He believes God has ordained his participation and can’t wait to see how the Alzheimer’s Association benefits, as well anyone who is affected by the disease. He has a couple of family friends who battle Alzheimer’s and is dancing in honor of them specifically, but truly all who are affected.

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PRO Jaime Hall

Jaime Hall has been singing and dancing as long as he can remember!! He started to learn choreographed dances when he got into musical theatre in middle school! Since then he has honed his abilities, and specializes in Tap and Jazz, with experience in several forms of ballroom dancing as well. 

His favorite thing about dance is the passion, and sincerity that comes with it. It’s a very open and honest expression of who you are, and an incredibly vulnerable art form to share. He is thrilled for the opportunity to dance with the Stars!! 

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PRO Keith Patrick McCoy

Keith has worked successfully as a theatre professional for more than twenty years. He is a native of Portsmouth, Va., and graduate of Norfolk State University. Keith Patrick McCoy is a creative, skilled professional actor, director, choreographer, writer, and arts educator. He has significant experience in musical theatre, non-musicals, and educational arenas.

As a performer his endeavors have allowed him to work in all types of venues, from indoor to outdoor, regional theatres, summer stock companies, national tours, and theme parks throughout the United States. He has also performed at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world and takes place in Scotland’s capital city.
An extremely versatile performer, credits as an actor include: Les Miserable’s (Javert), A Raisin In the Sun (Walter Lee), Dreamgirls (Curtis), Big River (Jim), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Oklahoma (Jud), To Kill a Mockingbird (Tom Robinson), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), and Memphis the Musical (Delray) to name a few.
As an educator, Keith has taught for Mad River Theatre Works, Playhouse on the Square Summer Youth Conservatory, The Springer Theatre Academy, Juneau Dance Theatre, Pulaski Dance Productions, and as a teaching artist in Roanoke, Pulaski, and Radford Va.

Keith has worked regional as a Director and Choreographer staging productions of : Dreamgirls, Cinderella, Fences, Charlotte’s Web, and Evita 

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PRO Henry Rivers

Henry C Rivers Jr. was born in Fort Knox, KY, and raised in Columbus, GA. As a graduate of North Carolina A & T State University, I have been employed by Global Payments where I am currently a Lead Software Engineer.

I love everything dance, basketball, and technology. I’ve been dancing since I can remember. Have done background dancing for local singers as well as in musicals at the Liberty Theater. Coached and choreographed for Fort Middle School, Central, and Hardaway High Schools. As well as taught at Passion Works Dances Academy and Boom Box Dance Studio.

I lost my Grandmother to Alzheimer’s and love the opportunity to participate in this even knowing that it is for such a great cause. 

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 PRO Ashlyn Shoup

Ashlyn is a graduate of Columbus State University where she attained a bachelors degree in Kinesiology, as well as a minor in Dance. She is from the small town of Forsyth, Georgia where she grew up dancing at her mom’s dance studio! Ashlyn has primarily trained in Clogging, which was the first style of dance that she fell in love with. She has also trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Ballroom. She has been teaching for 9 years in various styles of dance, as well as coaching young girls in pageantry and helping them win at the national level. Ashlyn has a love for Musical Theatre and some of her favorite productions she was a part of include “42nd Street”, "Guys and Dolls" and “Crazy for You.” 

Ashlyn was also the Co-Captain of the CSU Cougar Heat Dance Team. Ashlyn has enjoyed being a part of the crew for the GHSA Dance Team Championships, production staff for the Miss Georgia Pageant, and she is excited to be back as a pro for Dancing Stars of Columbus. 

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PRO Sarah Stark

Sarah Stark , a native of Columbus, having danced 14 years at Patty Taylor Academy of Fine Arts where she was a member of the dance company and competition team. She attended Auburn University, completing a B.S. in Exercise Science and Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition. While in college she enjoyed her time dancing at basketball games as well as teaching at Nix Dance Studio. It was there where she found what joy it was teaching ages 3-adult this wonderful art.

After college she moved to New York City to combine both her passion for dance and medicine. Afterwards, she accompanied her new husband to Fayetteville, North Carolina where she found her new dance home at The Dance Connection. She taught all ages and styles as well as choreographed for their competition teams. While in North Carolina she also took on the role as the Dance Team Coach and Choreographer for their NIFL team. As well as performed for both nearby NIFL and SPHL teams.

In 2008 she moved back to her hometown Columbus when her husband received orders for Ft. Benning. Upon returning home she decided to hang up her dancing shoes and began working in Primary Care and Sports Medicine. It is here she sees first-hand the effects Alzheimer’s has not only on the patient, but also the family members. She works closely with many families on a daily basis helping them figure out appropriate care, counseling, and daily living plans focused around Alzheimer care.
This will be Sarah’s 2nd year dancing as a pro with us, and although she has been a wife and mom of two, Tony Jr. 10 and Allyson 5, for the last decade, she can’t resist dancing again for such a great cause and is extremely proud of how far her hometown has come in the research and development on the Alzheimer’s Disease.  

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 PRO Roseann Torbert

Roseann is a Buena Vista, Ga native whose passion for dance began at a very young age. She was self-taught hip hop and displayed her talent regularly at local events around her town. She eventually began training in ballet, tap, jazz, and clogging at Carol Eason Dancing School during her middle school years. She displayed her full passion and creativity in high school as a member of the dance line, where she was choreographer and co-captain. In college as a member of Delta Sigma Theta she continued her passion as her chapter's Step Master. After graduation she moved to Tampa and began training again, focusing her skills in ballet, jazz, and hip hop.

She was recruited to instruct jazz and hip hop for AAYA where she taught until she returned home to Georgia. Since then Roseann has been instructing hip hop for all ages at Company C Academy of Dance and their award winning competition team, coaching the Jr. High Dance team and South Girard High School, and choreogaphing the Regiment Rockettes for Central High's Band dance line.

This is Roseann’s 3rd year with Dancing Stars of Columbus and she is beyond excited to be back in the ballroom bringing awareness tot he need to fund Alzheimer's research. 

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PRO Sherman Williams

Sherman “EMusical” Williams is a dance instructor at CCAD. Before his time as a dance instructor, he found time to hone his skills while serving in the military. Over the course of his travels he has trained in S.Korea, Moldova and various states around our country. Not only is he passionate about dance, he is also an, influencer, public speaker, author and music artist. Each of his passions feeds into the other. Much like his dancing, Sherman is always on the move; so as he always says, “stay tuned”.