Dancing with the Piqua Stars is back, with a new cast and another exciting competition. A new group of well-known community members will test new skills as they dance for charity at Piqua Arts Council’s ninth year of Dancing with the Piqua Stars. The popular fundraising event is modeled after the long-running television series. Six Piqua-area couples have been selected to compete under the expert direction of Liz Maxson, Rick & Judy Bowerman, Ron & Cindy Mullins and Tammy Bellamy.
Veronica is in her 15th year teaching at Piqua City Schools. She currently is a sixth grade science teacher at Piqua Central Intermediate School. She has been married for 17 years and has two daughters and a Yorkie named Bear. Veronica grew up in Columbia and was an exchange student in 1998 at Houston High School. She has an Associate Degree from Edison State Community College in Early Childhood Education, a degree in Middle Childhood Education from The University of Dayton and a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University. In addition to her teaching license she has a license in school administration and is a graduate of HEART of a Leader (Team 654).
In her free time she likes social gatherings with friend and family, and enjoys reading, watching movies and learning new trends in education. Veronica, although hesitant at first, is participating in Dancing with the Piqua Stars because she is excited to be part of this event and promote further opportunities for the students of Piqua City Schools and the community to experience creative outlets and the diversity of human skill that art programs provide. Especially in a time when we all tend to conform to a pattern to try to fit in, art allows us all to be unique and special in our own way!
Kyle Magoteaux is an Engineering Manager at Hartzell Propeller. He, his wife and 4 kids, live in Piqua. Kyle is a graduate of Piqua High School and has earned both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Dayton. When he isn’t involved with activities for his children, Kyle likes to golf and read. He is participating in Dancing with the Piqua Stars because everyone said he would regret not doing it, and his wife is a Dancing with the Piqua Stars Alumnus.
Carla is Steel Salesperson at Miami Valley Steel for the last 22 years. She has two grown children and four precious grandchildren that she sees almost daily. Carla is a graduate of Vandalia Butler High School. She has been employed by Burlington Norther Air Freight at the Dayton International Airport, Summit Airlines out of Philadelphia, PA and Fed Ex. In her free time, Carla watches her grandchildren, spends time with family and friends, volunteers, listens to music (especially Blues Festivals), rides motorcycles, hikes and goes camping. Carla is participating because she’s always wanted to learn how to dance and loves the opportunity to help our community that she takes great pride in.
Ron Mullins is the owner of Mullins Professional Services which specializes in wire cloth services as well as an instructor at Studio Outback in Tipp City, OH. He is married to Cindy and they have three grown children.
He is a graduate of Preble Shawnee High School and likes to work on cars in his spare time. He rebuilt a 1956 Oldsmobile from a pile of parts. If he isn't working or tinkering in the garage, Ron can be found on the dance floor.
Candi Etter is the Owner of Candi’s Creations where she makes cookies, cupcakes, chocolate and cakes. She is married to Mike and they have two daughters and a granddaughter. Candi is a graduate of Bradford High School and Upper Valley Career Center and also has an Associate Degree in Business from Edison State Community College. Candi is a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation where she helps children write their letters and also accompanies them on trips. Candi loves to babysit for her grandchild, work on her business and be with her family in her free time.
Candi is participating in the Dancing with the Piqua Stars because she enjoys dancing and want to give back to the community.
Maria Weaver works for the City of Piqua as an Administrative Assistant in the Utlities Department. She is a mother of two children and has a degree in Human Resources from Edison State Community College and a Bachelor of Business Management from The Ohio State University. In addition to working and raising her children, she like to crochet.
Maria is participating in Dancing with the Piqua Stars because her friend Candi asked her to be her partner and she likes to try new things and step outside of her comfort zone.
Katie is a former Licensed Practical Nurse having worked in a cardiologists office while her husband John was deployed. Since his return, Katie has been involved in homeschooling their 4 children. Katie enjoys do-it-yourself projects including giving old furniture a fresh makeover. She is participating this year because she loves to dance and honored to be nominated and for the opportunity to support her community and the Piqua Arts Council.
John is the part-owner of Piqua and Celina Store N’ Lock in addition to being an Ohio National Guard First Sergeant. He is a graduate of Piqua High School and is married to Katie. In his free time, he likes to play volleyball, hangout with family, ride motorcycles, and shoot guns. John is participating because he likes the opportunity to build community and relationships. When you throw in that it is for a good cause, “why not”.
Tara Miller is a graduate of Bradford High School with degrees from Edison State Community College and Urbana University, where she graduated with honors having earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Human Services. Tara is the mother of two boys, two toddler puppies and a turtle names Skittles. Tara stays busy with work. She is a realtor for Home Experts Realty, the Sales Manager for HBS Development, Inc. and the owner of 2PM Styles a boutique clothing store. In her free time, she is flipping houses, vacationing or attending live concerts with friends.
Tara is participating in Dancing with the Piqua Stars because she believes in the importance of giving back to her community and as a small business owner in Miami County she feels it is important to get involved wherever she finds possibilities.
Dan Rosenbaum is a 1997 graduate of Piqua High School. Upon completion of high school, he went to Wright State University and was part of their inaugural Music Theatre Progam. He left Wright State in 1999 to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy where he graduated in 2001. While Dan is currently a sale associate at Home Depot, he is a veteran of the stage having appeared in many Broadway musicals and recently was in the touring production of A Bronx Tale as Tony 10 to 2, where he was also the understudy to both lead roles, Lorenzo and Sonny. In addition to his appearances in various musicals, he is also the lead singer and bass player in a band, “SugarDust” and the lead singer in a cover band as well. An avid reader and gamer, Dan is active in playing sports and is a purveyor of collectibles and all things nerdy.
Dan is participating in Dancing with the Piqua Stars because many of his friends have participated and he wanted to do it as well, but hasn’t had the opportunity since he lives in New York. With the pandemic, he is finally home and the timing works out in addition to wanting to raise money to support a charity that gives so much back to the community.