ARTS AND CULTURE: Dance with our stars returns on February 5 – La Tribune


This year’s competition pits the stars against the current stars

Dance with our stars returns with the old winners facing new competitors.

The contest returns for its eighth year with local celebrities and their partners competing for $ 1 in votes to win the famous Mirror Ball Trophy on February 5.

Reservations for Dancing with Our Stars 2022 can be made by calling the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center at 606-329-8888 and online voting has already started and continues until the competition on February 5th. Dancing with Our Stars includes a cocktail at 6 a.m. with a gourmet dinner prepared by the 3J Group at 7 p.m. The competition begins at 8 p.m. followed by a dancing evening.

This year’s event, hosted by the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, will feature 10 couples including several dancers with an Ironton connection:

• 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 is also a yoga therapist for several sports departments.

• Rick Payne holds a BA and BS from Ohio University and an MA from the University of Dayton. Rick has sung and danced in many local events and theatrical performances.

• Missy Rooper works as 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 co-ed cheerleader for the Thundering Herd.

• David Markins is from Ironton and is a state and national champion in stick twirling and competed with Cyndi’s Studio in Ironton for 12 years. He was a majorette at Marshall University. He now works as a full time cosmetologist at the Hot Spot Salon in Ironton.

• Jerri Compton, CEO of United Way of Northeast Kentucky. She is passionate about improving the conditions of our community by identifying and addressing the fundamental issues that lead to poverty. Jerri’s progression of MS is under control and she continues to live her full (adjusted) life while raising awareness about MS.

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

Other dancers include:

• Josh Blanton is the manager of the Vesuvius plant and a commissioner for the city of Ashland. He is part of the fourth generation of Armco / AK Steel employees and works as an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Logistics at Marshall University. In his spare time Josh enjoys amateur astrophotography.

• Cesiah Blanton, originally from Monterey, Mexico, grew up in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in health and society. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and offers Behavior Analysis Therapy applied to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As the only therapist in the tri-state region to provide services in Spanish, Cesiah also works for KDMC as a translator.

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

• Wyatt Wheeler developed his skills at Paramount Arts Center and Northern Kentucky University. He is the CEO of his own start-up, Digital Marketing Agency, Wheeler Marketing & Consulting.

• Samantha Cleaver is a Family Nurse Practitioner employed by Molina Healthcare. She was employed by the Ashland Center for Women’s Health working in OBGYN. She is an advanced cosmetic injector at LEO Medispa in Ashland, Kentucky.

• Hunter Scott is a gymnastics instructor at Pride Athletics in Greenup, Ky., And assistant coach of the UCA Cheerleaders Cheers, 16-time National Champion at Greenup County High School.

• April Russell Perry is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Kentucky Farmers Bank (KFB). April and her husband Don have two grown children, Connor and Kendall.

• Kendall Perry is the Front Line Manager at Kentucky Farmers Bank. Kendall moved to New York City where she attended the New York Film Academy and continued her modeling career, then moved to Los Angeles where she obtained 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 Elementary 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 amazing children, Peyton and Mollie.

• Sheila Heck is a Registered Nurse in the ICU at King’s Daughters Medical Center. She is also the former owner of Two Chicks Catering, where she has received numerous awards.

• Mary Mullins lives in Lexington, Ky., And is responsible for e-commerce marketing operations at Tempur-Sealy International. Before moving to Lexington, Kentucky, in 2019, Mary was an active member of the Ashland community and struggles to say “no” to Carol Allen (or her mother).

• BJ Burcham is from Ohio. He owns Identity Salon-Spa-Boutique, Identity KDMC and also Groomed The Lounge. He sits on boards of directors and has volunteered at several events and charities.

• Lauren Gibbs is Miss Ashland 2001 and now resides in Russell, Kentucky. She is the current owner of LGB Properties LLC and Tutu & Twirl. Lauren has danced her entire life, training across the country and winning several national titles and scholarships not only as a dancer, but also as a studio manager and coach. Lauren coached the Russell High School varsity dance team, leading them to seven National Championship titles.

Dancing with Our Stars was scheduled to take place on February 5 at the Boyd County Community Center, located next to Exit # 185 of I-64 Cannonsburg. GPS address: 15605 KY-180, Catlettsburg, KY 41129.


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