WITH THE Y
Join us at the Wexford Civic Arena (WEX) October 12, 2019, for an evening of entertainment, food, and a cash bar. Watch local celebrities perform a dance number in front of a live audience to compete for the coveted titles of People’s Choice Award and/or Judge’s Choice Award. You can help your favorite couple win the People's Choice Award by voting now and at the event. For a full list of dancers in this year’s performance Click Here.
Votes are just $5 and available online. Support your favorite dancer and the Cadillac Area YMCA. Vote Here
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased from a dancer today, if you are unable to purchase tickets through a dancer, please call and get on the waiting list today. Tickets include live entertainment, six votes at the event, and dinner. Tickets will be required at the event for entry and to get your votes.
Please join us for a wonderful evening of entertainment, wine & beer, cocktails, and dinner. Doors open at The WEX at 6:30 PM.
All proceeds from Dancing with the Y goes to the Cadillac Area YMCA's annual fundraising campaign. The Y for All campaign will help provide financial assistance to those who can't afford the Y. This campaign also encourages social responsibility to care for others in our community, impacts youth and helps the Y run community outreach programs.
We want to thank and recognize these Dance Sponsors: CLICK HERE to view sponsors.
Craig Baas & Lori Noaker
Jason Johnston & Amber Herlein
Beth Alto & Chris Brinks
Traci Warner & Corey Wiggins
Jamie Thompson & Kevin Baker
Scott Powell & Laura Powell
James Curtis & Vicky Ball
Casey Boyer & Jen White-Seymour
Shari Spoelman & Derek Larrance
Don's Auto Clinic
Highpoint Auto and Truck Center
Emington Schultz Insurance Agency, Farm Bureau
Landing Dance Academy
Wexford Community Credit Union
Maveric Mechanical & Plumbing
Advanced Foot and Ankle
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
Mitchell Investment Advisors
Edward Jones/Amy Schmid
Roots Hair Salon
Organic Spray Tanning
Dancing has always been a wonderful part of Isabel’s life. As a young girl in Colombia she spent many hours rehearsing dance numbers and soaking up the culture and movements, which now, she incorporates into her dance routines. Her Latin roots have been seen in several local performances but also with local band musicians.
She believes being a former educator gives her the edge needed to win this competition. Isabel has been a part of the community of Cadillac for over a decade. Friends and family are a huge portion of her life, and her husband and son are her greatest treasures. Being able to participate in Dancing with the Y over the 5 past years has been such a great and humbling experience. Each dance couple she helps poses new opportunities to stretch her as a choreographer, and this year will be just as great!
A native of Northern Michigan and a dancer for eighteen years, Mackenzie graduated Interlochen in 2014, where she performed in Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. In addition, she has performed Martha Graham’s Panorama at the Joyce Theater in New York City and she took company class in Paris at the Paris Opera Ballet. Currently she is studying Dance with a minor in Costume Design at the University of Michigan. She has studied the techniques of Humphrey Limon, Congolese, improvisation and composition. For the past seven years, she has taught regionally and volunteered to mentor and choreograph for Winter Guards in Michigan and Indiana. She hopes to share her knowledge of the arts to Northern Michigan while continuing to learn. She would like to give a special thanks to her parents and brother who have supported her throughout the years and Chandlar R. Gabara for helping her throughout this process.
Alicia has lived in the Cadillac area for 14 years where she works as a physician at Family Practice of Cadillac. Dance has been an important part of her life since the age of three when she started taking Tap, Jazz, and Ballet lessons and continued for many years. She competed on a dance team called “The Thunderbirds” and then continued her dance training at Hope College. After moving to Cadillac, She taught ballet/hip hop for a few years but now has turned her time to helping with this event. Alicia has been married to her husband Jason, for 25 years and has three awesome kids, Zach, Anna, and Drew. She loves to choreograph and is proud to support the Y in such a fun event.
Sara is originally from Grand Rapids. Her love of dance and music started right away, leaping and twirling through the halls at home when she was just 5 years old. After many years of begging, her mother put her into formal dance classes at the age of twelve, by age fourteen she was student teaching and then teaching independently shortly thereafter. While earning her bachelor’s at Hope College, she continued her dance training at the college level. Shortly after graduation, she worked as an auditor at BDO Seidman, LLP for five years where she learned a lot about different businesses all over the world. During that time she was swept off her feet by the love of her life, Jason Roorda, and moved to Cadillac to start their life and family together. Being Maverick and Madelyn’s mom is what she considers her greatest accomplishment. Sara currently works at Groupe Beneteau.
Melissa KendellChoreographer/Dancer Understudy
Melissa danced and performed in her younger years, and has resurrected her love of performing by acting, singing, dancing, choreographing and directing with the Cadillac Footliters, Dancing with the Y Stars, and the United Way Murder Mystery. She is thrilled to be involved with Dancing with the Y Stars again and happy to be active in organizations that help to impact our community in a positive way.
Melissa will be dancing for the injured Jodie Bollman.
I am on faculty at the Landing Dance Academy in downtown Cadillac and at Dance Arts Academy in Traverse City. I recently wed her middle school crush, Evan Rice and we have had our first child. Conveniently, Evan is the son of the prominent Julie Rice who has established herself in the area as an excellent dance instructor. I am hoping to ride Julie’s reputable coat-tails with her newly acquired last name. When I am not teaching or driving, I enjoy drinking coffee, and snuggling our new bundle. Most the time I am grateful for how blessed I am.
Melissa will be dancing for the injured Jodie Bollman.
The Dancing with the Y Stars event is one of Bridget’s yearly highlights! She has participated as a dancer, judge and now her 5th year as a choreographer. She teaches at The Landing Dance Academy and has choreographed the last 4 Cadillac High School musicals. A graduate from CHS, she married high-school sweetheart, David Coffey. With a BA from Western Michigan University and a minor in dance, she spent 15 years in Metro Detroit and is happy to make Cadillac home again for the last 11 years. She is a mother to Tim, a Brevard College student, Megan, a CHS student, and a black lab. She would like to give a special thanks to Corey and Traci for always being willing to try new things, work hard, and share their humor during dance rehearsals!
This is Hannah Sengelaub's third year joining in on the Dancing With The Y Stars fun. She was born and raised in the Big Rapids area where she attended dance classes religiously at Rhythmic Sky Studios. These days she spends her week days working at Cadillac ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery as their receptionist. A few nights a week, she enjoys teaching at The Landing Dance Academy. Hannah specializes in tap, but enjoys all dance forms. Spending time with her husband, Derek, and 8 year old son, Jude, is among her favorite pastimes. Another love of hers in performing with and choreographing for The Cadillac Footliters. Every year Hannah is enthralled to be apart of this fantastic fundraiser and humbled to be asked to be a part of something that gives back in such a big way to our community.
Growing up on Route 66 in the small town of Pontiac, Illinois, Neisha found her love of dance, theatre, oldies music, and old cars. Since age three, Neisha has been on stage dancing, acting, and singing. The love of dance continued and became a dream for her to own her own dance studio. That dream came true in 2001 when Neisha opened Neisha’s Dance Sensations…where every person was a sensation. In 2005, her family moved to Cadillac for her husband’s job. That move started a tour of states for them. From Michigan to Biloxi, Mississippi where their twin boys were born…back up to Cookeville, Tennessee where she was in a couple of movies, commercials and even had the privilege of swing dancing with her husband in a flash mob dance to Josh Turners “Why Don’t We Just Dance” at the Nashville Predators game and at Opry Mills Mall before making it back up here to Michigan. Neisha & her husband George live in Cadillac with their four children.
When asked if she would participate this year, Katy had no hesitation in saying, “I would love to help with such a great cause and community mission.” Katy considers spending time investing in the greater Cadillac community as one of her biggest passions. When not on stage introducing dancers, she is a four season runner who prefers snow runs and has passion for cooking while entertaining family and friends. Katy is married to Chris and mother to Tommy and Susie. She has been in banking for over 20 years and is proud to have opened Independent Bank in downtown Cadillac. There are many local boards of directors that she has and continues to help. A quote Katy lives by is “To whom much is given, much is expected” -Rosemary Kennedy. She works daily to live her faith and help others. And she raises her children to do the same.
Dan and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Rzepka-Alto reside on Lake Cadillac with their three beautiful children. Most days he can be found in his residence (aka on his deck) handling day to day activities (aka kickin’ it in his easy chair). He proudly holds the title of ‘Super Dad’, by his four lovely ladies. When he gets the chance, which is at least 3 days a week, he takes a little ‘ME’ time and enjoys some pickleball at the YMCA or shooting some hoops. This is the third year he has agreed to Emcee the Dance with the Y event, and with such an exquisite co-host and for the great cause, he wouldn’t be in my right mind to say no. He is honored to be a part of something so great. So sit back, kick back, and enjoy the show the Dan Alto way.
The rhythm inside Pat first began in 1962 while in the 6th grade at St. Brigid’s Catholic School for the Deplorables. His parent’s well-intended attempt to raise a proper gentleman included enrolling him in a non-refundable, Social Dance Class at the local cotillion. Pat recalls, “I-thought-I-was-gunna-die!” That was, until, he was paired with Gayle Badley, t-h-e hottest girl in 7th grade. She was beautiful, and tall … very tall, which was just fine. Little did he know this experience set him on a course to dance with Alicia Elmore, 50 years later, in the 2012 production of DWTYS. This epic matchup presented Alicia her first Judges Choice Award. Pat’s reward came in the form of being drafted to sit on the prestigious DWTYS Committee. Warning! Don’t suggest to Dan Smith, “Whatcha oughta do _____” or “Did you think about _____?” If you do, welcome to the committee.
Sally GogginStage Manager
Sally began her performing career at the impressionable age of seven under the tutelage of Miss Arabie Blynn. Miss Blynn had enjoyed an illustrious career as a professional ballerina in NYC during the 1920’s. Her studio and Miss Blynn were like in Chorus Line, ‘... Up a steep and very narrow stairway to the voice like a metronome ...’. However, it was Miss Blynn’s cane, not her voice, that kept the tempo. Sally brings to DWTYS this discipline and her experience of performing in over 100 stage productions (including Chorus Line). She has served as ‘Sparkle Consultant’ to nearly every DWTYS dance couple, adding spit and polish to our competition. She has also served as Stage Manager during our shows. Sally says, “It’s like herding cats, keeping 18 nervous dancers corralled and calmed.” She looks forward to her next production with the Footliters.