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The Pros

The Swinging with the Stars professional dancers come to us through our valued partners at: Sugar Push Dance Studio - which offers instruction and exhibition in all forms of dance. And Latin Dance Academy of Bend - which offers instruction and exhibition in all forms of Latin dance. The highly trained professionals listed here spent hours of their time getting our celebrities stage-ready.
Thank you to ALL our amazing Pros! 

 

Deb CoblentzDeborah Coblentz is a third-year veteran of the Swinging with the Stars event and considers her participation to be both an honor and a privilege to dance, once again, on behalf of Sparrow Clubs.  She is originally from Chicago Illinois, attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as a NCAA Scholarship Athlete, in the Sport of Women’s Volleyball. 

Deborah developed her love and passion for dance as an undergraduate student, when she was required by Wisconsin’s Athletic Department, to enroll in ballroom dance classes as a part of her athletic training.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Wisconsin, focusing primarily on the biomechanics of movement.  Later, she secured a Master of Arts degree from John F. Kennedy University in Clinical Psychology.  Her primary focus in this area of study was to assist high achieving athletes, to more effectively manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, associated with rigorous academic and athletic performance.  Additionally, she has served as a guest lecturer at Stanford University, in the field of Sport Psychology. 

Currently, she serves as the Behavioral Health Clinical Lead for PacificSource Health Plans Medicaid Program.  Deborah’s passion for dance, has led her on worldwide travel excursions, exploring areas of the world where her favorite dances originated.  Most recently, she has traveled multiple times to Buenos Aires Argentina, with a desire to become fully immersed in the culture, where the beautiful dance of Argentine Tango was born. 

Deborah’s greatest desire is to continue her study of dance, through international travel, participation in language immersion courses and by serving as a host family for international students and dance instructors, who have a desire to share their rich culture, with our local dance community.

Deb and her star partner, Eric, are excited to be shaking it for Sparrow Clubs! Vote for them here: Deb and Eric

 

Nastassia Miller is an Oregon native who moved to Bend in 2010, after finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Western Oregon University. Nastassia began dancing as a child. Her love for the art continues to grow, which has led her to where she is at today. Nastassia has studied modern, ballet, Mexican Folkloric dance, Cha cha cha, merengue, cumbia, bachata, Cuban Casino Rueda, as well as Tahitian, and Hula.

When Nastassia isn’t dancing she enjoys studying nutrition, building community, exploring the outdoors, and most of all spending time with her husband Jerrad and her daughters Ava and Natalie.

Nastassia is grateful that she can use her love and passion to help the wonderful families of Sparrow Clubs.

Nastassia and her star dance partner, Ellie, will bring down the house in this year's fun performance for Sparrow Club! Vote for them here: Nastassia and Ellie

 

Hayley Cruson is a native Bend resident and has been dancing in some way, shape, or form for the past twelve years. Playing with Tap, Jazz, and Broadway styles, Hayley finally landed in partner and ballroom dancing. Happy to be a part of Swinging with the Stars from the beginning, she considers it a meeting of two of her passions: dancing and helping people.

When not doing these, she enjoys writing, playing video games with her husband and swimming the river as a part time mermaid.

Hayley believes that anything is possible, as long as you don’t give up, no matter how impossible it seems! 

Hayley and her star partner, Butch, are doctoring up one incredible performance for Sparrow Clubs! Vote for them here: Hayley and Butch

 

Valerie Cummings was raised in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. She began dancing while on the cheerleading team in high school.  In her first dance competition, she and her partner earned a first-place trophy performing the “Hustle”.

With 30+ years of training in ballroom, ballet, jazz, and country, she was excited to be asked to participate in this event. 

In her professional world (life care planning and research), she helps in the development of a plan of care for individuals with catastrophic injuries or life/career altering events.

In 1998 while in college, she began to teach ballroom dancing for Applause Dance Factory in Jackson, Mississippi.  Competition and performing were also a fun part of this business.  The summer Hurricane Katrina hit the coast of Mississippi, she trained Senator Reeves for the local “Dancing with the Stars” event to raise money for people who lost their homes.

In 2009, she moved to the great Northwest, taking some time off from teaching to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor activities the state of Oregon offers.  After 2 years in Corvallis, she moved to Bend.  Her daughter BreAnna and a son-in-law Will currently reside and work in Bend.  And daughter Shannon resides in the greater Seattle area and works for the Navy.

Valerie is very grateful to be teaching again, and enjoy sharing her love of dance with others on a social level. Other activities she enjoys are alpine skiing, swimming, bike riding, and sewing.

Valerie and her star dance partner, Tim, are going to represent on the dance floor, but it's up to you if they take home the Mirror Ball!  Vote for them here: Valerie and Tim

 

Andres 'Andy' Garcia is the founder and director of ‘Latin Dance Bend’ / ‘Latin Dance Academy of Bend’ (est. 2014) and soon to come ‘AAG media’ - a social media consulting and managing business. 

He was exposed to tropical Latin music and dance at age eleven when his family moved to Central Oregon (out of all places), but his first real spark of love for Latin music and dance was ignited on a trip to New York City in 2000 while experiencing the live salsa music and dance culture.

Since 2010, he has received instruction from some of the top Latin dance instructors in the industry while attending various Latin dance festivals and he always strives to continue learning in order to provide quality dance instruction. He is grateful and feels extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to share his passion and love for Latin dance by teaching, choreographing and performing at local and regional events. 

Andres has two amazing kids, daughter Jadzi (13) and son Kao (10), and cherishes the time he gets to spend with them.  He's married to the most amazing woman and his best friend Jamie, and they also added a new family member, their pup Solo, the chocolate lab.

Andres embraces the challenges in being a self-taught entrepreneur.  One of his favorite quotes is: “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”. -Albert Einstein

Support Andres and his star partner, Tressa, as they impress and deliver an unforgettable performance for Sparrow Clubs! Vote for them here: Andres and Tressa

 

Tammy Goen has always loved to dance. If music is playing, at least one part of her body is moving. After classes in ballet and tap in childhood, her dancing consisted of moving solo to her favorite music until college when she fed her passion with a jazz and modern dance performance group.

She began partner dancing several years ago here in Central Oregon, where she’s lived since 2002, and hasn’t looked back. She enjoys almost all dance styles, especially West Coast Swing and Nightclub Two Step.

When not dancing, Tammy’s other leisure pursuits include hiking, kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. She also loves to travel and experience different cultures. This is her second year joining the crew at Swinging with the Stars and she’s very excited to be on board once again.

Tammy and Keith are hoping to have the time of their life in this performance, but they need your help! You can vote for them here: Tammy and Keith

 

Jordan Huntbeing born and raised in downtown Portland, Oregon was unlikely to become a country dancer. While attending Oregon State he found his love for dancing in the art of country dancing specializing in Swing and Partner Pattern dances.

After moving to Bend in 2012, he became an instructor and choreographer at Mavericks Country Bar and Grill where he teaches Country Western Swing, Partner Pattern, Line Dancing and Country Two Step. He has competed in a variety of country dance competitions, most recently in 2014 where he took second place in both Line Dancing and Partner Pattern at the Portland Dance Festival.

Jordan is also involved in local theater, choreographing for Evil Dead the Musical and staring in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. When Jordan is not dancing he can be seen riding the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, brewing beer or leading the Timbers Army: Mt. Bachelor Brigade in chants to cheer on the Portland Timbers.

Jordan and his star partner, ShanRae, are ready to bring home the Mirror Ball, but they need your help to do it!. You can vote for them here: Jordan and ShanRae

 

Vanessa Jacobson, began dancing as a young girl in ballet and jazz. Inspired by the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and a miraculous recovery from toxic shock, she took up ballroom dancing six years ago and was soon dancing competitively.

A mirror ball winner in 2014, Vanessa is thrilled to be dancing in Swinging with the Stars again. When not partner dancing, you'll find her doing Zumba, Bliss, yoga or rock climbing.

Vanessa and her star dance partner, Casey, are "hustling" to give you a mirror ball winning performance! You can vote for them here: Vanessa and Casey

 

Moshe Morgan started dancing Country Swing while in high school and switched to East Coast Swing in college, while earning his BA in Physics and Biochemistry.

He has lived all over the world, but started out his adventurous life in Singapore, his birthplace. He’s lived in Washington, Virginia, South Carolina, New Jersey, and went to college in Texas. He lived in Russia, where he learned the Waltz, and Brazil where he learned Forro and Samba. Then he took off hitchhiking, went back overseas for a while… and then came back to the United States, landing in Bend. He is currently working at Deschutes Brewery and Public House.

When Moshe’s not working, he likes dancing, playing guitar or violin... or he’s out finding waterfalls.

Moshe and his star dance partner, Ally, are are training hard and will wow you with their dance! You can vote for them here: Moshe and Ally

 

Gabriela Peden is originally from south central Los Angeles and was raised around Latin dancing and culture.  At ten years of age, she began taking formal dance lessons and has remained an avid dancer ever since.  Since moving to Redmond in 2007, Gabriela has been a strong supporter of Latin dance in Central Oregon.  She established the Latin Dance Festival in 2011 at COCC, and has been an instructor at several area venues.

Gabriela continues to enjoy training with top Latin dance instructors and performing at Latin Dance festivals and congresses throughout the western United States.  When she is not dancing she is busy in her position as Director of Latino Services for the Deschutes Public Library System, and spending time with her husband and their son.

Gabriela has several friends whose children have been part of the Sparrow program and with her passion to dance, wants to show her support for the ones that are still fighting and for the children we have lost.

Gabriela and her star dance partner, Michael, will be putting together one incredible performance for Sparrow Clubs! You can vote for them here: Gabriela and Mike