Kristy Hickman was born and raised in Norwalk CT, and is a mother of two beautiful daughters. She currently works at Abilis as a Life Coach in the Competitive Employment Department advocating for the Abilis community for over 4 years! Kristy loves to dance and sing in her spare time. Says Kristy, "I wanted to be a part of this event to do my part in making a difference and bringing awareness to the community of what the organization is about. My goal at the end of this is to help with giving back to the individuals we serve". And we couldn't be prouder!
Kristy is paired with Fred Astaire Professional Matthew
With over 27 years of dance and theater experience and expert training in classical and more modern dance styles, Matthew was ranked by the most prominent international dance franchise as one of their top teachers for three consecutive years. He is also the recipient of the coveted Winners Circle Award given only to the top 3 instructors each year.
Matthew has performed with the major ballet companies in NYC and Pittsburgh, appeared Off-Broadway, and received several awards in international acting and modeling competitions. He has competed in all 9 American Style dances, theater arts, and show dance during his career. Matthew received 2nd place in the 2011 NASSPDA Championships in both American Show Dance and American Smooth Championships. In addition to being a ballroom dancer, Matthew is also an active aging coach and featured actor for Graveyard Productions.