Throughout her life, she has tried almost every style of dance, with hip-hop and ballroom dancing as her specialty.
Lauren Ashley has been dancing since she was five years old. Throughout her life, she has tried almost every style of dance, with hip-hop and ballroom dancing as her specialty. She is also an accomplished actress, playing Logainne Schwartzandgruibnere in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and a DooWop girl in "Little Shop of Horrors."
Lauren Ashley is a junior at Auburn University where she is majoring in French Education. She is very excited to participate in Dancing Stars of East Alabama!
Graduated from Auburn University in 1999 with a business administration degree in MIS.
Dan is originally from Eufaula, AL. He graduated from Auburn University in 1999 with a business administration degree in MIS. He began working for Official Payments in 1999 and has since become product manager.
Dan met his wife 11 years ago in Milwaukee and finally convinced her to move to the Loveliest Village 7 years ago. They have been married for 10 years and have three children. They are active members of Auburn United Methodist Church.
Dan enjoys softball, soccer, Auburn football, coaching his kids, and long walks on the beach.
"Having three kids of my own, this is a cause very dear to my heart. I am grateful for the opportunity to reach out and help other children in need."
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Has an extensive dance background in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, cheer, and dance choreography.
A transplant from Atlanta, GA., Scarlett is a married mother who has lived in Auburn for two years. She holds a BS in Psychology and worked with at-risk teenagers before becoming a mom and Zumba instructor.
Scarlett has an extensive dance background in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, cheer, and dance choreography. She is a dedicated Zumba instructor and certified in Zumba Basic, Zumbatonic and Zumba Gold. She works at Max Fitness of Auburn. Scarlett is thrilled to be selected again to participate in the Dancing Stars of East Alabama competition and feels honored to help raise money for the Child Advocacy Center of East Alabama.
Arrived in Auburn 20 years ago to pursue her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology at Auburn University.
Dr. Polly Dunn arrived in Auburn 20 years ago to pursue her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology at Auburn University. She met her husband Wesley, a pharmacist, at their graduate school orientation in the fall of 1993. After dating for only six weeks, the two surprised everyone they knew when they announced they were getting married over spring break. During graduate school they fell in love with the Auburn community and decided to make it their permanent home. They have four children: Blake (15), Lora (13), Rebecca (8), and Sara (5).
For the past 13 years, Dr. Dunn has served as the director of the Auburn University Psychological Services Center (AUPSC). AUPSC is the training clinic for the Department of Psychology and provides therapy and assessment services for children and adults in the Auburn-Opelika area. Dr. Dunn is also the founder of the website
ChildPsychMom.com, where she offers "Perfectly Imperfect Parenting Solutions" based on her shared experiences as a child psychologist and mom of four. Her column, "Parenting on the Plains," is featured monthly in Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine.
Dancing for the Child Advocacy Center of East Alabama spotlights her true personal and professional passion, the prevention of child sexual abuse. Dr. Dunn is an authorized facilitator for the Stewards of Children Training Program developed by
Darkness to Light. This program seeks to protect children by educating adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. By offering regular trainings in the East Alabama area and establishing the Facebook page
Prevent Child Sexual Abuse In East Alabama, Dr. Dunn has made it her mission to empower adults to protect the children of our community from sexual abuse.
The song, "I Could Have Danced All Night" could have been written for Bonnie.
The song, "I Could Have Danced All Night" could have been written for Bonnie stauffer. No one loves to dance more than Bonnie, even though she is NOT a dance professional, but a "lady jock". Jon (her dance partner) knew about her love of dance when he asked her to pair up; plus, he wanted to "throw her around" as part of his strength training regimen, as they attempt a swing dance with a few aerials. Dance is special, but Bonnie's motto is: "A Day Without Push-Ups Is Like A Day Without Sunshine".
Bonnie received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of New Mexico, and her doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. Bonnie has been associated with a variety of universities to include serving as the Director of Upperclass Physical Education at the United States Military Academy at West Point, women's gymnastics coach at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and the Associate Director of Auburn University's Outreach Program Office.
In addition to her love of dance, she loves her husband, Bob Stauffer, her three children, and four grandchildren! Hiking, reading, cooking and teaching fitness activities at Moore's Mill Fitness Club fill in the hours of the day. Bonnie would like to thank Jon for allowing her to contribute to this very worthwhile cause.
Loves the chance to contribute to higher education in general and his beloved Alma Mater, Auburn University, in particular.
Jon Waggoner is a native of Tucker, GA. He earned his BA in English from Auburn University, where he also met the love of his life, Kammi. After marrying in 1992, they moved to Tuscaloosa where Jon attended law school and earned his JD. Jon then clerked for Chief Justice Hooper of the Alabama Supreme Court before moving to Atlanta to practice law in Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2004, Jon and Kammi moved back to the Loveliest Village, where he continues to practice corporate law and assist with Auburn’s business negotiations. Jon loves the chance to contribute to higher education in general and his beloved Alma Mater in particular.
Since arriving in Auburn, Jon and Kammi have been active supporters of Auburn University, Auburn United Methodist Church, the Emmaus Community, and the Auburn City School System. Jon serves as an advisor for the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen on campus and teaches Business Law in Auburn University’s School of Accountancy. Kammi and Jon have two children, Rett (12) and Emery (10), who happily fill their hearts and their calendars. When Jon is not in the office or with family, he enjoys Auburn football, exercise, visiting with friends, and thanking God for all the blessings only He can provide. Jon is proud and thankful to help the Child Advocacy Center in this fun event!
A member of The Columbus Ballet Company and a native of Auburn.
A member of The Columbus Ballet Company and a native of Auburn, Alabama, David began his dance training at the age of seven with the Lynn Curtis School of Dance. He continued his formal ballet training with the Auburn Ballet School and The Montgomery Ballet.
While on Scholarship, David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance and Teaching from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has also trained and performed with Alabama Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center in New York, and The Kusnetskova Ballet of Poland. Some of his more notable performances include: The Grand Pas de Deux from Coppelia; The Grand Pas de Deux, Rose Adagio, and Blue Bird from Sleeping Beauty; Snow King, Russian, Arabian, Mouse King, and Red Rose Cavalier, and Grand Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker; and Shah Zeman from Scheherazade. Last year, he performed for the 2012 International Trumpet Guild with the Columbus Ballet. David is also the owner of Artisan Framing Company and currently teaches dance in the Auburn/Opelika area.
Her musical duo,
Martha’s Trouble, has been listed and featured in Billboard Magazine, USA Today and Performing Songwriter.
Jen grew up in Ontario, Canada. Eventually, she moved to Houston, TX., where she met her husband, Rob, at the coffee shop where she worked booking bands. After bonding over their love of music, Jen and Rob got married and eventually relocated to Auburn, AL. They have been married for 15 years and together formed the acclaimed musical duo, Martha’s Trouble.
Martha’s Trouble has been listed and featured in Billboard Magazine, USA Today and Performing Songwriter. Their songs have received awards and have been featured in made-for-TV movies shown to national audiences. They have released 11 albums, the most recent of which is “A Little Heart Like You,” an album of children’s lullabies, which was released in May 2012 and is in the 55th Grammy pool. More information about Martha’s Trouble can be found at
In addition to her career in music, Jen is mom to Wilson (7) and Emery (5). In her spare time (what little there is!), she enjoys cheering on the Auburn University basketball team with her family and watching Dancing With the Stars. Her children are super excited their mom will be competing in our hometown version of the show!
Was a competitive dancer throughout middle school and high school. She's been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop.
Lauren is originally from Tampa, FL., and attended Florida State University, where she earned a BS in Psychology. She later earned her MS in Counseling from Troy University and is currently a career counselor at Auburn University. As passionate as she is about her "day job,” her life has always been balanced through dance.
Lauren started dancing at the age of 3 and was a competitive dancer throughout middle school and high school. She has been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. In college, Lauren became involved with dance fitness and hasn’t stopped since. She has been a licensed Zumba® instructor since May 2009 and instructs Zumba© and Core Ballet classes at Auburn Fitness for Women.
Lauren and her husband, Justin, have been married since March 2012 and love being a part of the Auburn Family. Lauren is very grateful for the opportunity to support the Child Advocacy Center.
Was recognized in January 2011 as the Young Business Person of the Year for the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.
Kathy Powell is originally from Tullahoma, TN. She received both her BA in Public Relations (Summa Cum Laude) and MBA from Auburn University. Kathy and her husband, Greg Powell, relocated to Auburn in June 2004 to launch her
State Farm agency. Kathy and Greg have two sons, Harrison (5) and William (4). Evenings and weekends are a special time for the family to spend together. As an active family, they are constantly seeking enriching and exciting adventures for all to enjoy!
Kathy volunteers diligently within the community. She currently serves as the president for the Junior League of Lee County, as the secretary for the Auburn Rotary Club, as the president of the Auburn Early Education Center PTO, as a trustee for Cornerstone Church, and has been recently appointed to the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Board. Kathy was recognized in January 2011 as the Young Business Person of the Year for the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, and she and her agency team were honored to be voted the 2011 Best Insurance Agent by the readers of the Opelika-Auburn News.
Kathy is very excited to participate in the Dancing Stars of East Alabama this year!
Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio and has studied under some of the greatest master educators in the dance industry.
Mandy Moore is the owner of
Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio in Opelika, AL. It was her vision to create a safe haven for children to study the art of dance and owning Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio has made this dream a reality.
Mandy grew up in her mother's dance studio in Memphis, TN., before moving to Auburn, AL. She studied under some of the greatest master educators in the dance industry. Mandy teaches tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary/lyrical. Her use of age appropriate music and choreography and the ability to create an instant rapport with children of all ages are two of her greatest talents.
Mandy's most treasured accomplishment and inspiration is her daughter, Mallory Hagan. Mallory is the reigning Miss New York 2012 in the Miss America pageant system. Mandy’s credits also include national competition adjudicator, advisory board member for "StageWear LA" costume company, and script and choreography awards for local and regional pageants affiliated with the Miss Alabama Organization.
Owner of Dimensions Studio in Auburn. Stephen has always had a strong work ethic.
Stephen was born on July 2, 1967 in Opelika, AL. to Charles & Ann Prestridge, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in February 2013. He graduated from Beauregard High School in 1986.
Stephen always had a strong work ethic. As a teen, he worked on a hay and cattle farm. Eventually, he began a car detailing business, which evolved into a full commercial and residential cleaning business called "The Cleaning Man." In 1995, Stephen decided to attend cosmetology school. He began working for Dimensions Studio in January of 1997. Ten years later, in January 2007, he purchased the salon.
In his spare time, he enjoys collecting matchbox cars, which is a hobby he began in his childhood. He also enjoys restoring antique Cadillac’s. He loves traveling, reading, playing the piano, working out, spending time with friends, and attending church with his family on Sunday.
Danced competitively in Russia with her partner Vavrenuk Vadim for 20 years.
In 2007, Katrina came to the United States. Currently, she is a professional dancer certified with NDCA. She is involved with the Pro/Am division in International Ballroom dancing style working with competitive teams. She teaches Belly dancing and Ballroom dancing to adults. In addition to all of this, Katrina coaches a children’s Ballroom competitive team and teaches several dance workshops including: International Ballroom, Latin dances such as salsa and meringue, in addition to cha cha, samba, rumba, jive, waltz, tango, foxtrot, paso doble, and belly dancing.
Owner and founder of the restaurant
Maestro 2300, which received its second Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in August 2012.
Born in Anniston, AL., Allen graduated from Auburn University from the School of Architecture, Design and Construction. Remaining in Auburn after graduation, Allen formed Bailey-Harris Construction with his business partner Jack Bailey, and they have been building throughout the Southeast for 33 years. Allen is also owner and founder of the restaurant
Maestro 2300 in Moore's Mill Village, which received its second Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in August 2012.
Like many of us, Allen considers his family, children and grandchildren his greatest blessing. Allen resides in Auburn with his wife Kay and is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Opelika. Allen is presently vice president of The Foundation Board for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega; a member of the Alabama Workforce Investment board; a member of the board for the Associated Builders & General Contractors; and a member of the BBVA Compass advisory board. His other interests include fitness, weight lifting, cycling and following the global economy.
Allen understands well the funding needs of the Child Advocacy Center and feels it is an honor and a privilege to be included in this event.
Mallory began dancing at the age of three and has competed in numerous regional and national dance competitions.
Mallory Wilson began dancing at the age of three. She took dance from Robin’s School of Dance in Theodore, Alabama where she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, cheerleading, tumbling and baton. She has competed in numerous regional and national dance competitions through out the southeast. She has also attended workshops from Hollywood Vibe, Showstoppers and Applause. She has won numerous competitions and has been awarded the Kids Artistic Dance Revues KAR Kid award. She was a Flip Zone All-Star cheerleader for four years, winning numerous National Championships. She has cheered for both Hankins Middle School and Theodore High School where she served as captain her 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th grade years. She has been awarded UCA All-Star all six years that she has been cheering and cheered in the Macy’s Day Parade in Orlando and in the Capitol One Bowl in Orlando. She cheered in college for two years at Faulkner State Community College where they were National Champions. She taught for her mothers’ dance studio, Turning Pointe Dance Academy, in Mobile, Al for four years. She currently is a Speech Pathology major at Auburn University and will graduate this summer. She is an instructor at Make Your Move Dance Studio in Opelika, Alabama where she teaches hip hop, acrobatics, jazz, tap, and toddler classes.
Chad worked for Knology as general counsel for 14 years. He now is an attorney at Samford and Denson in Opelika.
Chad Wachter was born in Farmington, MN. When Chad was in the 3rd grade, he and his family moved to Fairhope, AL. He attended college at Birmingham Southern and then went to law school at Vanderbilt. He graduated from law school in 1990. He then married Sonya and settled in Montgomery, AL. Chad and Sonya have three children: Mason, Mary-Stewart and Catherine.
In his spare time, Chad enjoys bird hunting and traveling with his family.
First began her dance studies with Marty Moore of Dance Syndicate in Auburn, AL.
Jennifer Ambrose 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!
Jennifer balances a full-time career as an executive assistant at ETA Data Direct, Inc., a lead instructor at Make Your Move Performing Arts, a licensed Zumba instructor, and being a mom to a sprightly little boy, Maxwell. Her love for dance and her energy and zest for life are truly an inspiration to all who come in contact with her!
Idea girl, owner of
FlipFlopFoto, is known in these parts as Mother Main Street.
Idea girl, owner of FlipFlopFoto, and known in these parts as Mother Main Street, Pam Powers-Smith is a dessert enthusiast, wife to Robert and dog-mom to Roxie. She’s no stranger to the Auburn/Opelika area she has lived here since 1994.
Pam graduated from Auburn University with degrees in political science and public relations. Some of the jobs she held after school include AO Tourism, Auburn University Relations and a few jobs in Washington DC. All of those experiences created a palette of work to land her in Opelika where she is the Director of Opelika Main Street.
Event planning is something that just fell into her lap - it was not a choice, but these days she can still be found running the annual On The Tracks Food and Wine Event or setting up the weekly Farmers Market in addition to the day-to-day commotion that comes with keeping a historic downtown in order.
And although she has trouble jump roping and riding a bicycle expertly, it has not deterred her from staying steadfast in her dance practice to take home the trophy in April.
Danced and competed in events all over the southeast, occasionally traveling across the country for competitions.
Eddie is originally from Panama City, FL., where he began competing in ballroom dancing competitions. He transferred in Auburn in January 2012 to attend Auburn University, where he is currently studying for a degree in Software Engineering.
Since leaving high school, Eddie has danced and competed in events all over the southeast, occasionally traveling across the country for competitions. In addition to his college career, Eddie also enjoys instructing and spinning tunes on Wednesday and Friday nights for the Auburn University Swing Dance Association.
In his spare time, Eddie is a Jazz musician. He enjoys many recreational activities such as cooking, juggling and backpacking. Eddie can also be seen around Auburn riding his 5 foot Unicycle!
Earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University in 2001, and went on to medical school at UAB, obtaining her medical degree in 2005.
Dr. Brooke Williams was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University in 2001, and went on to medical school at UAB, obtaining her medical degree in 2005. A residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Alabama then followed, where she was named Intern of the Year. She was thrilled to be able to return to the Auburn/Opelika area to join the Pediatric Clinic in 2008 to begin her career as a general pediatrician, her dream job!
Brooke has been married to Ron Williams for nine years, and has enjoyed following him around the world as he represented the USA in the Paralympic games for cycling, winning medals in the Athens games in 2004. They have been blessed with a son, Reid, who is now one year old and their proudest achievement. Other than her thriving pediatric practice and loving on her own little baby at home, Brooke stays busy in the community by serving as the physician representative on the Best Fed Baby Collaborative at EAMC, which helps to encourage and support breastfeeding mothers. She also is an alumnae advisor to the AU chapter of her sorority, Chi Omega, and is a member of the Child Advocacy Center’s Multidisciplinary Committee, made up of DHR social workers, prosecutors, law enforcement, and pediatricians. Brooke is excited to dance this year to help support the Child Advocacy Center and their work to protect the children of Lee County!