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What happens when a Dad whose signature dance moves are 80s style breakdancing, teams up with his 8th-grade cheerleader daughter?
Find out when Bret Anderson and youngest daughter Natalie participate as a duo in the 2022 Dancing with the Lexington Stars competition.
Bret is an 8-year Rotarian and president and founder of Cohesion LLC, a Lexington-based consulting firm. Through servicing the sales and marketing needs of Cohesion's national roster of business clients, Bret advises forward-thinking corporate leaders on company growth while also benefiting others with his understanding of the cohesive power of personal and professional health and well-being.
Veritas Christian Academy student Natalie balances her free time between art, fitness, and hanging out with friends and family, which recently expanded to include Jeff the guinea pig.
The Andersons are no strangers to DWLS. Bret has been involved in every aspect of the program, from leadership to sponsorship to competition. After initially serving as a committee member, he expanded the program's success during his tenure leading program sponsorships. He also committed Cohesion LLC as an event sponsor.
He now co-chairs the annual fundraising and social event. While competing in the 2019 DWLS, Bret and wife Carrie were joined by all three of their children to deliver an unprecedented entertainment experience. After that pre-pandemic opportunity to support this great cause while making a family memory of a lifetime, father and daughter are excited to return as a duo with a focus on more traditional ballroom dance (with a few surprises).
Alex and Becky Brown, the sister duo are excited to be competing in the 11th anniversary of Dancing with the Lexington Stars.
Alex, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, is a Senior Sales Representative for Med-Save Family of Pharmacies and a member of the Rotary Club of Lexington. As a Rotarian Alex stays involved as a member of the Dancing with the Lexington Stars committee. She has a passion for helping others and helps in the community whenever possible. She is an active member of Berea Baptist Church. Alex likes to spend her free time working out, at the lake and with family, friends and her 11 year old daughter.
Becky Brown is a jewelry artist, and owner of Becky Brown Studio and Gallery in the Old Town Artisan Village of Berea. She received a Bachelors in Fine Arts, with a concentration in jewelry design and metalsmithing from Eastern Kentucky University. She is passionate about her local arts community, and serves the youth specifically by partnering with the local school's art departments to do field trips and lesson plans. She also enjoys volunteering as a youth leader at Berea Baptist Church. Becky loves hanging out with her cat, spending time with family, and being at the lake.
Christie is a native Lexingtonian who grew up with a love for the arts and her community. She attended Centre College where she obtained a degree in Economics.
Christie now works at The Kentucky Castle where she has served as their Chief Operating Officer for the past three years. Since opening their doors as The Kentucky Castle in 2017, TKC has strived to be a part of the Central Kentucky community.
Being a part of functions, such as Dancing with the Lexington Stars, is an integral part of what TKC is and Christie is excited to bring that to life and represent TKC this spring on the dancefloor.
Having attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts as a child, the arts were always a part of Christie's everyday life. She danced for fifteen years and looks forward to getting back on the dance floor this spring to benefit the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund!
Maria is a proud Kentuckian and has great amount of passion for our Bluegrass state. She was selected as Miss Kentucky USA and later went on to place as a runner up in the 2009 Miss USA telecast owned by Donald Trump and NBC. After Miss USA, she strived to obtain her goal of modeling for a living. She reached that goal upon signing with numerous modeling agencies across the country such as FORD Models, NV Models, and more - who she still works through today. That partnership graciously brought upon opportunities to shoot for campaigns such as Pantene, Oil of Olay, Jockey, Nike, Curel lotion, Remington curling irons, Martini, Kohls, and more.
Maria's career now consists of half modeling and half TV hosting. Locally, Maria hosts a sports show on Sundays called Out of Bounds on Fox 56, and she hosts numerous local commercials such as for Bob Allen Motormall. As a lifelong UK fan, Maria also is thrilled to work as the on-court entertainment host for the University of Kentucky Men's basketball team. Nationally, she is a digital host for SEC Network's football show - SEC Nation. She has been spotted as a trophy model on stage of the CMAs, and as the lead girl in a Tim McGraw and a Josh Groban music video.
Maria has a heart for making a difference in the youth of today. Therefore, she works as a coach for girls aspiring to improve their interview, public speaking, modeling, and pageantry skills to help them become the best versions of themselves. She also loves to give inspirational speeches to help girls realize their natural potential.
Maria holds a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology she obtained online while living between Miami and Chicago for modeling opportunities. However, having grown up in Danville, Maria has always called the Lexington area home, where she resides today. She is passionate about raising awareness for pancreatic cancer, and enjoys any outdoor activities, working out, traveling, and her church home - Southland Christian Church.
You can find more about Maria along with health, beauty, and modeling tips on her blog www.mariamontgomery.com and on Instagram at @MariaMontgomery19 !
Caitlin Neal is a native of Columbia, Kentucky and graduate of Eastern Kentucky University's Interior Design program. Caitlin has been involved in the Lexington business and design community for the past 15 years.
As Vice President of Sales and member of the Leadership Team at ORI, Caitlin leads ORI's sales team, and helps guide both the day-to-day and strategize for the future growth of Kentucky's largest contract furniture dealer. ORI is a 76-year-old company with offices in Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Nashville and Huntsville, and works with Lexington's leading organizations including University of Kentucky Healthcare, KEMI, Longship, Bluegrass Care Navigators, Lexmark, and many more.
Caitlin is passionate about promoting Lexington business and developing women business leaders, and is active in such organizations as Commerce Lexington, CCIM, and Women Leading Kentucky.
Caitlin is wife to Doug Neal and mother to Lafayette High School senior Colin Neal. She is currently following in the footsteps of Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and other Lexington business leaders as Lafayette Band Association President for the 22-time KMEA State Champion Lafayette High School Band.
In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys cooking, travel, and needlepoint, and hosts an Instagram food blog called @HostfortheHolidays. The mission of @HostfortheHolidays is to empower the next generation of hosts to feel confident about and enjoy cooking for and hosting their family holidays.
Anthony W. Smallwood of Lexington, KY has worn many hats in his 35 years in Lexington. Many might know his name from his years of being a Hair Designer at McAlpin's or Lerry's Hair Design. Some might remember him from being a country couples and line dance instructor. Others might have been associated with him through one of the many social advocacy organizations and projects he has participated in over the years.
Then again, if you look closely, you might recognize his alter ego known for "her" comedy and live vocals - the entertainer known as Helena Handbasket. Either way, Anthony is a memorable personality in our community and we are thrilled to have him participate in this year's event.
Currently Anthony is the Community Engagement Manager at AVOL Kentucky, Inc., where he and his colleagues are working to END HIV in Kentucky. AVOL (previously known as AIDS Volunteers of Lexington but changed to AVOL Kentucky since they now serve seventy-two counties in Kentucky) has had a presence in Lexington for over 30 years and is continuing to grow, offering more services and serving more people than ever. AVOL relies on the generosity of its sponsors and donors to be able to continue to offer housing services, community education, free prevention supplies, and free and confidential HIV testing as well as testing for HEP C and other STIs.
Anthony has shared his life with Dean for over 30 years and lives with their loving fur baby of 10 years, Mitchell - Opt to Adopt!
Meredith Turk graduated from the University of Kentucky with her BA and later received her MPA - Master's in Public Administration.
Meredith works as the Marketing Director at The Wildcat Group & Wildcat Moving (www.Wildcat-Group.com). Wildcat Moving is a strong community partner, donating 100's of hours of labor annually to charity fundraising events and community projects.
Meredith's role at Wildcat allows her the privilege of working with dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout the year to help support and bring awareness to important causes that help to uplift our community.
Meredith is the proud mother of two sons - Powers, 13 yrs and Killian, 9 yrs. Both of her boys are dedicated soccer players and they spend a lot of time on the field and traveling for games.
In her spare time Meredith and her sons are an adventurous trio who love nature and wildlife. They spend time hiking, swimming, fishing and traveling.