Dancing with the Piqua Stars returned with a new cast and another exciting competition! A group of well-known community members tested new skills as they danced for charity at Piqua Arts Council’s 12th season of Dancing with the Piqua Stars. The popular fundraising event is modeled after the long-running television series. Various couples were selected to compete under the expert direction of Liz Maxson, Tammy Bellamy Chaney, Leslie Howell and Rick & Judy Bowerman.
Ticket sales are officially closed for the 2023 Dancing with the Piqua Stars due to both performances reaching max capacity. The dinner performance will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel following the event.
Cocktails at 6:00pm | Dinner at 7:00pm | Show starts at 8:00pm
*seating specifications required
Doors open at 12:15pm | Show starts at 1:00pm
*no seating specifications required
Ryan is married to his beautiful wife Kate, and resides with their family and two dogs. Together, the Tremblay’s are licensed foster parents through Isaiah’s Place in Troy. After teaching high school science for 12 years, including recent years at Tippecanoe High School, Ryan currently serves as a science instructor at Piqua’s Upper Valley Career Center.
Ryan graduated from Troy High School, moving onto Wright State University to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Master’s Degree in Education. Presently, he is in the midst of course work in stride of administrative licensure.
Ryan loves to be active with sports and outdoor activities, including camping and hiking with his family, which he claims is a highlight of his summers. When he’s not taking his pop-up camper, “Pete”, out on weekend getaways and hiking trips, Ryan enjoys playing golf and spending his summers working part-time at the Troy Country Club.
“I’m happy to have an opportunity to support a community event and showcase the arts,” shares Ryan. “I am also hoping to prove to my wife (and myself) that I can dance.... Maybe!”
Kate and her husband, Ryan, have a young daughter named Karigan, who goes by the nickname “Bird”. The family also has 2 puppies, Keela and Sheila. Kate serves as the Raymond James Financial Advisor for Park National Bank in Piqua.
Kate graduated from Hoover High School, and continued onto Walsh University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Letters. She serves on various community boards, including Optimist Club (president), the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet Piqua. Kate is also proud to serve as Co-Chairman of Piqua’s Down A River, Down A Beer event.
Kate enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, exploring the great outdoors. Her love for running and working out is apparent in her daily YMCA visits, where she also acts as a sub-instructor for their fitness classes. In her free time, Kate enjoys volunteering for local events, as she is able to support the community and meet new people.
“I chose to participate [in Dancing with the Piqua Stars] to help raise money that will be used to inspire others through art, and to assist programs that expose the community to different art forms,” exclaims Kate. “Also, because I cannot dance – so why not jump on the chance to embarrass myself (and my husband) a little bit?!”
Nathan is married to his high school sweetheart, Lindsey, and resides with their 3 children. He graduated from Piqua High School in 1999 and he currently serves as a Police Officer for the city of Fairborn.
One of Nathan’s passions lies in sports, as he enjoys attending all of his children’s sporting events, coaching baseball and, of course, watching Buckeye football. On Sunday mornings, Nathan is found at the Valley Church leading worship.
“I couldn’t tell my wife no anymore,” Nathan explains his consideration for this year’s Dancing with the Piqua Stars. “When I heard the excitement in Lindsey’s voice when she told me she was nominated, I knew it was time. Lindsey has supported all of my adventures so I want to support her. Additionally, the Piqua Arts Council has done so much for the local youth so I figured I would participate in Dancing with the Piqua Stars as a way to say thank you.”
Lindsey has been married to her husband, Nathan, for 15 years. Together, they have 3 children – Aiden, Evan and Halle (pronounced Hal-ee). With 16 years of instruction under her belt, she currently teaches second-grade at Washington Primary School in Piqua. The 2000 graduate of Piqua High School earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University.
When she’s not running her kids to all their sporting events and activities, or supporting them in whatever they are participating in, Lindsey loves to travel. Though the beach is her happy place, she enjoys spending time at Norris Lake every summer with her family. Additionally, Lindsey enjoys the company of family and friends, whether they’re out eating, shopping, playing cards, or cheering for Ohio State football.
“I have wanted to participate in Dancing with the Piqua Stars for many years,” Lindsey expresses. "The Piqua Arts Council directly benefits me and my second-grade students as they have sponsored several field trips to the Victoria Theatre, which gives the students in Piqua the opportunity to attend a live theatre production. It is such an awesome experience for the students and the looks on their faces are just priceless. Being given the opportunity to give back to my community is such a wonderful feeling.”
David has 2 Portuguese Water Dogs named Auggie and Junie. Currently, David serves as the E-commerce and Marketing Director for the Dave Arbogast Group in Troy.
David graduated from Piqua High School in 2002. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, kayaking and reveling in the outdoors. David also spends various evenings and weekends cooking with his grill or smoker.
Lea is a single mother of a wonderful teenage daughter, a freshman at Lehman Catholic High School. The family has a dog named Lola and a cat named Willow. Lea serves as the Clinical Lead for WellNow Urgent Care, the new care clinic in Downtown Piqua.
A 2001 graduate of Lehman Catholic, Lea earned her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science/Science and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in healthcare management from Franklin University.
Her hobbies include reading, attending her daughter’s sports sporting events and spending time with her friends and family.
“It sounded like something new, fun and exciting to do,” Lea explains her reason behind participating in this year’s Dancing with the Piqua Stars.
Krissy recently married the love of her life, Shawn, in 2021. Together, they have 2 “fur babies”, Myah and Piper. Krissy explored many avenues of program management before starting her own company in 2022 with a mission to enrich the lives of older adults by providing engaging and fulfilling musical experiences – Senior Music Connection.
Krissy studied Music Education at the University of the Cumberlands, and obtained her Bachelor’s of Music from Wright State University in 1998. Since then, she has studied Music Therapy at St. Mary of the Woods College and the University of Dayton.
She also enjoys participating in community theatre and working both on and off stage at Dayton Live, Troy Civic Theatre, the Dayton Playhouse, and Brookville Community Theatre. Above all else, her long-time passion and favorite hobby is serving as the pianist for Nashville United Church of Christ in West Milton.
“When Fred & Lynn Labs [2022 Stars and winners of the Most Entertaining Award] introduced me to the idea of Dancing with the Piqua Stars, I was happy to accept,” shares Krissy. “I was happy to accept the challenge and raise funds for a passion we share – the arts. [Expressing] much love to them, and much success and continued growth for the Piqua Arts Council.”
Lindsay is very close with her small family. As a Registered Dietitian, Lindsay has worked in the hospital setting for many years and recently transitioned to teaching at Sinclair Community College, where she currently serves as a full-time professor for the nutrition department, training future dietetic technicians and dietitians.
Lindsay graduated from Northmont High School in 2006. She then went on to earn both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with each Science degree concentrated in Nutrition.
Lindsay loves to travel. Being a dietitian, her passion is food, so she does international culinary tours. Lindsay has been to Italy, Peru, Japan, Greece, and Ireland, with plans for Costa Rica this summer. In addition to her international hobbies, she loves to read all genres of books and, in fact, still works at the same local bookstore that served as her first job during college summers. Lindsay also teaches Zumba classes and she loves to dance, as she takes classes at Miss Leslie's school of dance for clogging, tap, jazz, ballet, hula, and more. Lindsay is very involved with church, participating in their bell choir and singing in their vocal choir.
“My dear friend of many years, Krissy O'Malley, [expressed that she] was participating in Dancing with the Piqua Stars and needed a partner,” says Lindsay. “So, she reached out to me and convinced me to join her. As soon as we discussed a vision for our dance, I was all in!”
Dylan is one of three siblings, who currently lives with his partner, Mackenzie. Together, they have three cats: Earl, Charles and Kitten, and three guinea pigs: Thelma, Louise and Strudel.
Dylan has served as a Customer Service Representative for Park National Bank in downtown Piqua for the past 2 years, having worked previously for Marion’s Pizza. The 2019 graduate of Milton-Union High School is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems at Franklin University.
An avid sports fan, Dylan claims that the Cleveland Browns were his first love, and has served as a Pee-Wee football coach in his home town. With a successful background in wrestling, Dylan hopes to become a high school wrestling referee. When he’s not involved in sports, he and Mackenzie express a love for all things “Harry Potter,” and enjoy movie marathons and playing any new games that are released.
“I have always wanted to learn how to dance (properly),” explains Dylan. “I wanted to join show choir in high school but it conflicted with another activity I participated in. [Dancing with the Piqua Stars] will also be a great way to get more involved with the community I work in and have fun at the same time!”
Mackenzie met her partner, Dylan, through work. The couple has been together 2 years, and reside in Tipp City with their plethora of pets. Mackenzie proudly serves as the Branch Manager of Park National Bank at their Tipp City location.
The graduate of Tipp City High School earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University.
In her free time, Mackenzie likes to relax with the pets while the couple revels in a TV or movie marathon. She loves to spend time in the kitchen, exploring new recipes and baking various goodies to share with her office. When she’s not cooking, she enjoys venturing to new, local restaurants with her partner, Dylan.
“Dylan talked me into it!” Mackenzie shares her reason for participating in Dancing with the Piqua Stars. “I’m sure I’ll embarrass myself a little, but it will be fun.”
Adam grew up in Sidney, Ohio, where he graduated high school in 2005 and went on to attend Columbus State. Upon graduating, he managed a large landscape design firm before moving back to the area just 5 years ago. Since then, Adam has worked with several small businesses in his community, finally landing at Hemm’s Glass where he serves as a Shop Coordinator. There, he met his dance partner, Brittney, who he claims has all the brains.
Adam enjoys giving back to his community, and is always grateful for the opportunity to be an active part of its enhancement, as he values “home” and “family” first. In his free time, Adam loves to play golf, as well as participating in just about any other outdoor activity.
“I was grateful that Brittney invited me to this wonderful opportunity,” explains Adam. “For growing up in the area, this has given me yet another exciting way to give back to the community. I’m definitely looking forward to this event, despite my busy schedule.”
Brittney is a single mother of 2: Connor and Kennedy. The family has 2 cats named Nightmare and Hennessy. Brittney currently serves as a Project Manager Assistant at Hemm’s Glass in Piqua.
The 2003 graduate of Lehman Catholic High School went on to study Business at Edison State Community College, and later earned her degree in Massage Therapy from the Dayton School of Medical Massage.
In her free time, Brittney enjoys competitive volleyball held at Tecumseh Woods. When she’s not out with her friends, Brittney can be found enjoying new shows and movies on Netflix, or attending the next Taylor Swift concert.
“I always thought it would be fun,” Brittney shares her reason for participating in Dancing with the Piqua Stars. “I watched the show on TV and even though I’m a horrible dancer, I’m going to do my best.”
Watch the 11th annual Dancing with the Piqua Stars Performance below.