Julie Hammond & Rod Hunt

Meet Julie

Julie Hammond

Julie Hammond

Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance

Julie has had a long-time commitment to the mission of Sparrow Clubs, “empowering kids to help kids in medical need”. As a behind the scenes volunteer for years, she is excited to step into the spotlight with her dance pro, Rod Hunt, to put the “swing” in Swinging with the Stars.

A native Oregonian from Coos Bay, she moved to Bend in 1981 and stumbled into the world of insurance in 1985. She found it met her need of being challenged and at the same time she could help people. In 1998, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Linfield College at the same time her son, Craig, graduated from high school! She has also completed several graduate college level courses, earning her Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager Designations.

When not helping her clients, you will find Julie hiking, kayaking, building snow people, and snow shoeing. She loves to take spontaneous “wild hare” trips with friends. Julie is also known for her baking skills, which usually earns her the “empty plate” award!

Julie and Rod would be honored to have your support as they “swing” into your hearts!

Meet Rod

Rod Hunt

Rod Hunt

Dance Instructor

Rod is a Pacific Northwest native who loves calling Bend, Oregon home. He also enjoys sneaking away to entertain his desires to travel the world and dance upon any danceable surface where the music, and his spirit, move his feet.

With a passion for live music (both playing and dancing) and a desire to find a suitable dance to be considered as connection dance, his discovery of “West Coast Swing” was a perfect match. As a dedicated worker with an enthusiasm for life, learning and exploring his new-found dance, Rod has turned it into his own style of dance, one he considers to be, and calls, “West Coast Fusion”.

When Rod isn’t dancing, he operates his own “Cruise Specialty” travel agency Paradise-Bound.net, the host to an annual playful adventure in Paradise, “Ducky’s Dance Cruise”. Rod is also the father of 3 talented children, 3 growing grandchildren, and a family that’s not countable in number… a green house full of orchids.

Rod and his Star partner Julie Hammond are having way too much fun practicing for this year’s Swinging with the Stars, so clap and sing along, as they “Swing & Sway” their way to the top!

Watch it LIVE and Support Your Favorite Dancer!

Seats are limited at Bend's Tower Theatre, so get your tickets early!