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Whitney, Darrick & Rachel

Julia, Carl & Mary Jo

Susan, Keenan & Kayla

Bridget, Thaddaeus & Kelly

Melissa, Mike & Julie

Alicia, Evan & Gabe

Tiffany, Jason & Alyssa

Hannah, Jordan & Beth

Emcees

Judges

Whitney Soule

Whitney Soule

Choreographer For Darrick & Rachel

Whitney is a Northern Michigan native and has lived in the Cadillac area for the past 12 years.  Whitney studied dance in Traverse City at The Dance Center and went on to earn a BA in Dance from Western Michigan University.  She danced professionally with America’s original jazz dance company, Giordano Jazz Chicago. She also was a part of a contemporary dance company, Contempo in Madison Wisconsin. Her passion is in teaching, and she has taught and choreographed for many years throughout Madison Wisconsin and Western Lower Michigan before heading home to Northern Michigan. Whitney has taught at The Landing Dance Academy for the past 5 years where her daughters also dance. Whitney is also a Registered Nurse at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital. Her and husband have 3 wonderful children. Whitney is excited to be a part of Dancing with the Y Stars this year!

Darrick Earegood

Darrick Earegood

Dancer
Rachel Dick

Rachel Dick

Dancer
Julia Stanley

Julia Stanley

Choreographer For Carl & Mary Jo

I danced throughout my childhood and then took some time off, but about 9 years ago I started taking classes again at the Landing Dance Academy.  Now for the past seven or so years I have been teaching at the Landing Dance Academy and it is such a fun and rewarding experience!   I grew up in Cadillac and I love this community!  This is my first year choreographing for this incredible fundraising event.  I look forward to watching this event every year and I am excited to be a part of it this year!  Working with my Y Stars team has been a lot of fun.  They are really amazing people and I am proud of all the hard work they have put into this!

Carl Rippy

Carl Rippy

Dancer
Mary Jo Stratman

Mary Jo Stratman

Dancer
Susan Stoll

Susan Stoll

Choreographer For Keenan & Kayla

Susan moved to the Cadillac area twenty-six years ago. Susan taught at Pine River Area Schools for over twenty years. After retiring from teaching, she joined the YMCA staff. Susan has taught ballet, gymnastics,  Hawaiian dance, and ballroom dancing at a downstate studio, and as an after-school program here in beautiful northern Michigan.  She is very excited to be participating in Dancing With The Y Stars.

Keenan Cooper

Keenan Cooper

Dancer
Kayla Barnes

Kayla Barnes

Dancer
BC4

Bridget Coffey

Choreographer For Thadeus & Kelly

The Dancing with the Y Stars event is one of Bridget’s annual highlights! She has participated as a dancer, judge, and Kelly and Thaddaeus are her 7th couple to choreograph. Bridget is a graduate of CHS and studied dance at Western Michigan University. She returned to her hometown, along with her husband David, 14 years ago to raise her two children, bake cupcakes, and eventually teach dance at the Landing Dance Academy. In her spare time, you can find her lifting weights at the YMCA, walking her dogs, reading, and enjoying the lake.

Thadeus Gommerson

Thaddaeus Gommesen

Dancer
Kelly Schab

Kelly Schab

Dancer
Melissa Kendell

Melissa Kendell

Choreographer For Mike & Julie

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.

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes

Dancer
Julie Vanhaitsma

Julie Vanhaitsma

Dancer
AE3

Alicia Elmore

Choreographer For Evan & Gabe

Alicia has lived in the Cadillac area for 18 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 29 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.

Evan Zimmerman

Evan Zimmerman

Dancer
Gabe Boyer

Gabe Boyer

Dancer
Tiffany Rice

Tiffany Rice

Choreographer For Jason & Alyssa

With her hair in a bun 

she praises the Son

 

Her three children groove

With music they move

 

Her dear husband dreads

her commitments ahead

While Lindsay empowers her dancing!

Jason Leonhardt

Jason Leonhardt

Dancer
Alyssa Zimmerman

Alyssa Zimmerman

Dancer
Hannah Sengelaub

Hannah Sengelaub

Choreographer For Jordan & Beth

Hannah Sengelaub has found herself calling Cadillac home for the last 8 years. Here she lives with her husband, Derek and their 10 year old son, Jude.  The last 6 of those years she has been able to share her passion for dance with the students of The Landing Dance Academy. Tap dancing is Hannah's favorite, though she loves all types. She grew up in the Big Rapids area where she practically lived at her local dance studio, becoming educated in many styles. Dancing with the Y Stars is one of the things Hannah looks most forward to every year. This is her fifth year choreographing for this event. "Being able to be creative in a way that serves my community is such a beautiful experience. Every year I get to meet new inspiring people that just want to help our local youth! What's not to love?"

Jordan Richter

Jordan Richter

Dancer
Beth Miller

Beth Miller

Dancer

EMCEES

Katy Lee

Katy Lee

Emcee

Katy is thrilled to be a part of an evening that has become a jewel in Cadillac’s crown. She is impressed
every year by the effort, creativity, team work and skill
demonstrated by the coaches and their dancers. Katy said, "I wish Mary Dillion could see what our
beautiful YMCA has become for Cadillac. She would
be amazed and proud".

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Dan Alto

Emcee

Dan returns for his sixth year as one of your DWTY Stars hosts. Dan lives with his wife and three children on the shores of beautiful Lake Cadillac. When he isn’t at home doing his share (22%) of the household duties; he is spending his time as a golf and basketball at Cadillac High School or playing golf. Never one to take life too seriously, he hopes you can all sit back, relax and enjoy the show the way he would.

JUDGES

Lindsay Rumohr

Lindsay Rumohr

Judge

Lindsay Rumohr began her dance training in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. She earned a dance scholarship and continued her training at Hope College and earned BAs in Communications and Dance Performance & Choreography. She danced with regional professional companies and has been teaching dance for over 20 years. But 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 husband Luke have three children and enjoy spending their free time exploring the outdoors together.

Sally Goggin

Sally Goggin

Judge
Joe Baumann

Joe Baumann

Judge

Joe is a relatively recent transplant to Cadillac, arriving from Lansing, MI in 2016 to be Wolverine Power Cooperative’s General Counsel after time serving as the General Coun­sel to the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan House of Representatives. Act­ing since the age of ten, Joe pays the bills with the law, but loves the spotlight – he and his partner, Melissa Schultz, won the Judges’ Choice trophy at this illustrious event in 2017! Joe also serves the community as a city Planning Commission member, Presi­dent of Cadillac’s Footliters, and as an active participant in downtown development issues.