WITH THE Y
Join us at the Wexford Civic Arena (WEX) October 13, 2018, 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 or at the Cadillac Area YMCA. Support your favorite dancer and the Cadillac Area YMCA. Vote Here
Tickets are $65 and can be purchased from a dancer today, general admission sales begin July 16, please call and get on the waiting list today. Tickets include live entertainment, six votes at the event, and dinner. Please return your completed ticket stub to the Y by October 8th to ensure your proper assigned seating. 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.
Kitsie Kennard & Jason Burton
Katie Boomgaard & Jeff Rork
Danielle Pettengill & Dan Bundy
Heather Ramacker & Anthony Wolff
Ryan Biller & Jessica Holly
Star Hughston & Jodie Bollman(Injured) & Melissa Kendell (Dancer)
Scott Torkko & Kelli Simons
Flora Grundy & Eric Elsholz
Holly Barber & Josh Bailey
Anthony Wolff$5.00 Read more
Dan Bundy$5.00 Read more
Danielle Pettengill$5.00 Read more
Eric Elsholz$5.00 Read more
Flora Grundy$5.00 Read more
Heather Ramacker$5.00 Read more
Holly Barber$5.00 Read more
Jason Burton$5.00 Read more
Jeff Rork$5.00 Read more
Jessica Holly$5.00 Read more
Jodie Bollman$5.00 Read more
Josh Bailey$5.00 Read more
Katie Boomgaard$5.00 Read more
Kelli Simons$5.00 Read more
Kitsie Kennard$5.00 Read more
Ryan Biller$5.00 Read more
Scott Torkko$5.00 Read more
Star Hughston$5.00 Read more
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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.
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.
The Dancing with the Y event is one of Bridget’s yearly highlights! She has participated as a dancer, judge and now her 4th year as a choreographer. She teaches at The Landing Dance Academy and is CHS’ Musical Choreographer. You may know her from her past business, Megan’s Cupcakes. However, She’s hung up her apron after publishing a cookbook sharing all the recipes titled, “Adventures of the Chief Cupcake, revealing secrets from the kitchen of Megan’s Cupcakes.”
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 Detroit and Miami. Happy to have made Cadillac home again for the last 10 years. She is mother to Tim, a graduate of CHS and Megan, a 8th grader, who also dances.
Hannah has been residing in Cadillac for 4 years with her husband, Derek and 7-year-old son, Jude. She has really grown to love this town that she considers home. Hannah was born and raised in the Big Rapids area where she would attend dance classes, seemingly every night, at Rhythmic Sky Dance Studios. At the age of 16, she started teaching others the love of dance; tap and jazz being her favorite. Nowadays, she is proud to say she is a teacher at The Landing Dance Academy, among being a part of Cadillac Footliters. This event is one that she will continually look forward to year after year. She feels honored to be able to be a part of such an amazing and fun fundraiser!
Tiffany grew up dancing at Dance Arts Academy & competed with Company Dance Traverse nationwide. She is a Cecchetti Council of America certified ballet instructor. She has danced for Michigan Dance Collective and Ballet Austin. She began teaching for the Landing Dance Academy in 2012. Tiffany enjoys dancing the grocery aisle to embarrass her husband and trumpeting like an elephant to hear her daughter laugh. Mostly, she loves working for Lindsay Rumohr whom she would be lost without. And Jesus! She loves Jesus!
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 is a dancer and choreographer with over 20 years of performance experience. She is the choreographer and dance instructor for Old Town Playhouse’s (OTP) Young Company; working on productions such as Seussical Kids, Aladdin Kids, Beauty and the Beast Jr, James and the Giant Peach Jr, and during the summer of 2018 will mount productions of Singin’ In the Rain Jr and Lion King Kids. She has also choreographed OTP’s main stage productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Company, and Young Frankenstein. Melissa will be making her directorial debut with Mamma Mia this fall; bringing her sister, Tiffany Rice, on as a co-choreographer. In addition to her work with OTP, Melissa choreographs for Mash Up Rock ‘n Roll Musical Parody (Bromeo vs The Juliettes, Grimm’s Alternative Fairytales) and is a drama instructor for Drama Kids Int.
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.
Carl joined the Cadillac community in 2013 and has enjoyed every moment living here because of the welcoming and inclusive environment. So, when asked to dance three years ago he enthusiastically said “yes.” Just as he did for the last two years when asked to return as a judge. This is a great cause and for which he couldn’t be more proud to be involved.
Carl is a financial advisor with Carroll Retirement Plans and Investments and has worked in financial services for almost ten years. He believes his experience as a financial advisor gives him the skills to judge a dance competition because… Well let’s face it, being in the financial services industry has zero correlation to dancing, but he promises to make it fun! Carl lives in Cadillac with his wife, Brittany, and their two cats and three dogs.
Lindsay began her dance training in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. She continued her dance training at Hope College where she earned a BA in Dance Performance & Choreography. She has danced with professional companies such as the Michigan Dance Collective and IDT. She has been teaching dance for nearly 20 years and has been commissioned to teach and choreograph for dance teams, schools and studios from various parts of the country. Her favorite dance accomplishment is starting The Landing Dance Academy in Cadillac, Michigan with some of the most amazing women she knows. She and her and husband, Luke, have three young children.
Kelly was born and raised in Corunna, Michigan. She earned her undergrad degree at SVSU in elementary education. She holds a Masters Degree and PHD (all but that dreaded dissertation) from Eastern Michigan and MSU respectively in Educational Leadership. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 28 years before moving to Cadillac in 2010 to take the helm of Baker College's Cadillac campus. She loves the Cadillac community and is proud to call it home. She has three daughters and two grandbabies that are all very special to her. Her dancing and artistic skills include singing in the shower and car, coloring with her grandchildren and she danced in 2016 with her good buddy Karl Marcusse for the Dancing with the Y stars! She stated that it was an absolute blast. She looks forward to judging all of the great dancers for this year's show.
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.