Dancing with the Piqua Stars is back, with a new cast and another exciting competition. A group of well-known community members will test new skills as they dance for charity at Piqua Arts Council’s tenth year of Dancing with the Piqua Stars. The popular fundraising event is modeled after the long-running television series. Seven couples have been selected to compete under the expert direction of Liz Maxson, Rick & Judy Bowerman, Sarah Andrews and Tammy Bellamy.
Cocktails at 6:00pm | Dinner at 7:00pm | Show starts at 8:00pm
Doors open at 12:15pm | Show starts at 1:00pm
Tickets can be purchased at Readmore's Hallmark in Piqua, Ohio.
Christy, originally from Chicago area, graduated from the American College of Education with her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She is happily married to her dance partner for life, Bill Hayes, and has two adult daughters who both live in Chicago. Christy is now the Director of Piqua Catholic’s Preschool Program, The Center for Early Learning. In her free time, she enjoys reading, fancy’s live theatre as well as the scenery and nature of the Piqua bike path. Mrs. Hayes also collects antiques.
Christy is thrilled to participate in Dancing with the Piqua Stars as a representative of Piqua Catholic School. There, they believe in true community partnerships, and have been the recipient of many community stakeholders donating their time, talent and treasure to the school. Christy states, “I must admit – I have very little time, talent or treasure myself, but I am a good sport and love the opportunity to help our community in any way I can.”
William, husband of Christy Hayes, is a retired research engineer who currently serves as a volunteer STEM instructor at Piqua Catholic School. William graduated from Piqua Catholic High School more than half a century ago. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University and working in California and Chicago, he is pleased to be back in the town where he grew up. William has always considered Piqua his real home, and is more than grateful to be teaching in the same room he had classes in so long ago.
William married for the first and only time just five years ago to his darling wife who brought him back to his hometown, where most people know him as the husband of Christy Hayes, and the stepfather to her two girls.
William has a heart for animals with lots of fur, and he’s always willing to offer food to any long-haired cats who show up on his porch looking hungry. His hobbies “pretty much” include the same things he did as a kid growing up in Piqua - working on personal science projects, hitting tennis balls against the wall at Fountain Park, walking the bike path, watching movies, cooking mostly Southern Italian pasta sauce dinners, eating at interesting restaurants, European travel when the occasion permits, and more lately: playing Cajun fiddle tunes.
William is delighted to be able to participate in Dancing with the Piqua Stars, alongside his wife, Christy. He exclaims, “My wife told me soon after we met that she did not want us to dance with anyone else, so my selection as her dance partner was decided long ago. Though I fear my own contribution to the arts is limited to not much more than appreciation, I was happy to see that my hometown had established a council to support the arts in Piqua when I returned six years ago. It contributes so much to the vibrancy of the community.”
Tina graduated from Piqua High School in 1990. At age 45, she went on to Edison State Community College and received her Child Development Degree. Tina serves as the Assistant Director of Alexander Davis Child Care at the Miami County YMCA. She has been married for 26 years, and has one son and cat. Tina enjoys runs and walks, as well as riding motorcycle with her husband.
Tina is thrilled to be able to participate in Dancing with the Piqua Stars, as she says, “I have always enjoyed dancing and doing things for the community. I sit on the Mainstreet Piqua board, and I think this is such a fun fundraiser!”
Daniel is a graduate of Piqua High School, who went on to Hocking College where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Music Production. He now works at Lowe’s in Troy, as a part of the Stocking Crew. Daniel has two amazing parents, Bruce and Tina, as well as an adorable cat, Snowball. In his free time, Daniel loves to play online games, as well as host movie nights with his fellow friends on his Discord Group, Elysium Gate. He also enjoys running, and he collects movies and vinyls.
Daniel is excited to participate in Dancing with the Piqua Stars, alongside his dear mom. He states, “My mother, Tina, had signed us up and I thought it would be really fun.”
Kristie is a graduate of Burrell High School in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania. She then went on to Clarion University of Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and further, Wright State University to receive her Masters Degree in Education and Principal Licensure. Kristie now works for Piqua City Schools at Springcreek Elementary, where she is a 2nd and 3rd grade intervention specialist. Kristie is married to Chris Dankworth, and has a son, Kade, who is a freshman at Piqua High School. She loves to read, and enjoy the outdoors.
Kristie is excited to be a part of Dancing with the Piqua Stars, and exclaims, “I was asked to participate, and thought it would be a challenge.”
Juli graduated from Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. She went on to earn her Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Corrections from the University of Akron. She now works at The Community Foundation of Shelby County as the Scholarship and Grants Administrator.
Juli has been married to her husband Doug for 28 years. They have two sons, Joshua, who lives in Columbus, and Ian, who lives in Cincinnati. Juli & Doug also have two dogs, Gus and Chewie, who – “like to bring baby bunnies in the house to play with.” The couple moved to Piqua in July of 2001 and have felt welcome since the day they moved.
In her free time, Juli likes to bake cupcakes, workout, kayak, and shoot guns. She loves to spend as much time as possible with her friends and family.
Juli is excited to participate in our Dancing with the Piqua Stars, as she quotes, “At first I was hesitant but my family and friends convinced me to go for it! Plus, it's for a great cause. Without art, life would be boring.”
Doug is a graduate of Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, Ohio who went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron. He now works at the French Oil Mill Machinery Company as a Sales Engineer. Doug and his wife Juli have been together for 34 years, being married for 28 of those years. They met in college through mutual friends that Juli would cook for. The couple has 2 boys, Joshua and Ian, who have always kept them busy with soccer, football, baseball, and karate. Doug states, “Our dogs, Gus and Chewie, don’t keep us as busy as our boys, but they do keep us active.”
Doug has always enjoyed fireworks, which led him to become a licensed Pyro Technician. He also enjoys fishing, working out, and kayaking. He is a Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians fan, and he loves to watch them play.
Doug is excited to be a part of Dancing with the Piqua Stars alongside his wife. He exclaims, “Juli was very persistent in trying to get me to be her partner. I finally caved and said I would. I'm looking forward to the challenge and helping out the Piqua community.”
Amanda, graduate of Little Miami High School in Morrow, Ohio, is the editor at Cincinnati Family Magazine. After high school, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at the University of Cincinnati. Amanda is a mom of three beautiful kids, as well as one doggy on earth, and one doggy in heaven.
Amanda is a runner, as she loves participating in events, such as half and full marathons, 5ks, and triathlons. She is a fitness instructor, certified in group fitness, where she pursues her passion for health and fitness. Currently, Amanda is working on earning her personal trainer certification.
Amanda is delighted to be able to be a part of Dancing with the Piqua Stars, as she exclaims, “Hence my interest in this event, I have competed in hip-hop dance, taught hip-hop classes and recently fell in love with salsa! I love how the cause goes toward the arts, and I have really missed dancing in front of an audience!”
Jose graduated from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He is now a Software Engineer at Unlimited Systems. Jose has a small chihuahua with a big personality, Tito, who he calls his sidekick. Jose is an avid blues guitar player, and has played in a band with performance experience in the Madison Theatre Band Challenge. He loves to dance, and has been doing it for many years now. He also enjoys jogging and everyday yoga. After visiting Germany a few times, Jose has been learning the German language as a side hobby.
Jose is excited to participate in this year’s Dancing with the Piqua Stars, as he states, “I love dancing and I like that I am able to do it by participating in an event that is for a good cause. I think it will be an awesome experience!”
Tanya graduated from Faith Christian School in Greenville, Ohio, and went on to study photography at Sinclair Community College. She is currently the regional manager at Winans Chocolates & Coffee. Tanya has four beautiful children: Lily, age 21; Elijah, age 19; Chloe, age 18; and Jade, age 9. Tanya enjoys reading, traveling, running, and spending time with her children, as well as her extended family.
Tanya is thrilled to be a part of Dancing with the Piqua Stars, as she states, “My father asked if we could dance and I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for the two of us. I love my family and I am always up for a challenge.”
Craig is a retired minister of 38 years, who is now the President of The Exit 7 Group LLC, as well as an active Health Coach & Lifestyle Transformation. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Manchester University and his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Long Island University. He then went on to Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Craig has also received his Professional Certificate in Leadership & Executive Coaching from Coach U, has had professional training from Villanova University, and earned his Health Coaching Certification from the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE).
Craig has been married 51 years to his wife, Victoria Sayers Smith. Together they have 4 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and one Pooton puppy named Bently. He loves his family, the church, Ohio State Football, writing, learning, and has a soft spot in his heart for people.
Craig is excited to participate in Dancing with the Piqua Stars, and states, “It is a personal challenge. It pushes me out of my Comfort Zone. And, it is a great opportunity to both engage in and support the larger Piqua Community and the Arts Council.”
Elizabeth, graduate of Miamisburg High School, earned her Degree in Dance Performance Choreography from Ohio University. She is currently a Choreographer and Instructor at Joyce Dalton Dance in Dayton, Ohio. Elizabeth has one twin brother, age 25, and two other brothers, ages 21 and 23. She loves to read, and of course, dance. During COVID, Elizabeth picked up the hobby of running, and she will compete in a half marathon before the official Dancing with the Piqua Stars competition.
Elizabeth is thrilled to participate in this year’s Dancing with the Piqua Stars, as she states, “My dad encouraged me to participate. Because I’m teaching so often, I don’t get a chance to dance much. I’m excited to have the studio involved as well.”