A special Thank you to the following individuals who have so graciously helped the committee and the dancers through this venture. Without your support and guidance we would not be able to see our dream come to light!
Kari is from Soo Ontario and has been a Dance instructor of social dance for over 15 years. Kari's main goal for his students is to get them up and moving instead of sitting around. He has also studied with the the late Bob and Vi MacPhearson (Bob was a Hospice volunteer) and with Judy Ross Dance Arts.
Kari currently offers courses at the George Leach Centre, Algoma University and through Sault College in Sault Ontario. Kari brings a lot of enthusiasm to the dance floor and is excited for the Dancing with the Stars event to help Hospice of the EUP .
"You can! Just do it!"
Kari instructed Lisa Gamelin and Brandon Carr
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Ashley Carlson has been dancing since the age of three. She began her training in ballet, jazz and modern. After getting married, she and her husband, Alexander, moved to Albany, NY, where she started studying ballroom dance. She learned many styles with an emphasis on Latin styles of dance. Those dances include: the Waltz, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, American Tango, the Hustle, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha. She moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 2012, where she graduated from Lake Superior State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Today, she teaches two classes, Etiquette and Professionalism, to various ages at GLAD Studio in Sault Ste. Marie. Most of the time, Ashley is a stay at home mom to her daughter, Bailey, age 1, and boxer dog, Arcadia, age 3.
Ashley instructed Jennifer Olmstead & Donny Stefanski, also Sherri and Mark Pavloski
Ashley Corbiere is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD), having received her diplomas in jazz and ballet. She was a competitive member of the Sherry Walsh Academy of Dance Arts for several years and is technically trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and acro. Ashley is the founder of Allure Dance Company.
Ashley was one of our judges last year and has been asked to help instruct for this years Dancing with the Stars. Ashley when not enjoying family and friends can be found in her dance studio. You can contact her through facebook at Allure dance company for more information on her classes.
Ashley will be instructing Mindy and Carl McCready and Kasey McKee and Adam Gurnoe
Joe Sbar has been a resident of Sault Ste Marie since 2011. A native of Menominee, Michigan, he graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2009, a master's degree in School Psychology in 2010, and an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology in 2012. He works as a School Psychologist with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District. Joe enjoys making the most of the Soo and surrounding area and spends much of his free time working out at the Big Bear, playing hockey, skiing, and exploring the U.P. Joe was a competitor last year with Jodi Bosbous. Joe brings some of his past dance experience to the Judges table this year!
Joe is instructing Erica Stempky and Doug Mitchell: Sherri and Mark Pavloski; and Jen Constantino and Jay Gage
Martina and Mike Vollman
Martina has been involved with ballet and Jazz classes since she was 5 years old. When she was 21 she got the opportunity to teach ballroom dance classes in Colorado Springs, CO. Shortly after we moved to Sault Ste Marie in 2001 we started to teach 6 week ballroom classes at STARS and have hosted some free classes at the First Church of Christ. Mike has been involved in percussion since he was 7 years old. He has impeccable timing. Mike currently is the drummer for an amazing Christian rock band (SeeKing Reverence) at New Beginning Church. When Martina started teaching ballroom in Colorado she taught Mike how to dance. We both were participants with Dancing with the Stars 2012, and we are so excited to be helping out 2 couples this year with their dance.
Martina and Mike will be instructing Michelle and Barry Butler and Krystal and Dave LaCrosse