Meet our 2013 Professional Dancers!

 

 

 

TEENA MARIE

 Owner: Ballroom in Motion

Teena Marie was born into a family which owned Arthur Murray Dance Studios. She took her first dance lesson at age 5, started competing and performing at age 11, and was a champion by the age of 15. She began her teaching career 2 weeks before her 18th birthday and has consistently won top teacher awards for excellence.

In 1989 she sold her studio in New Haven, CT., when she married her husband Rick and moved to Augusta. In 1990 she brought her expertise in dancing and teaching to the Garden City. In 1992 she opened The Ballroom Dance Center where she trained many area ballroom teachers and students, alike.

In March of 2002, Ms. Marie opened Ballroom in Motion to pursue a personal goal of having a dance studio that put students first. "Teaching dance has always been about the students. It must be fun, easy and quick. Everyone is different, with individual wants and needs. Our students are the most important asset we have and that's why we do everything possible to make their dance experience unforgettable." As the slogan says, "BALLROOM IN MOTION WITH TEENA MARIE IT’S THE FUN PLACE TO BE!" In 2009 Ballroom In Motion with Teena Marie became the first studio in our region to host a professional ballroom Dancesport competition , The Garden City Dance Challenge, drawing dancers to our area from all over the country. Ballroom in Motion has taken community service, through fundraising, to a new level. The philosophy of the management is that when you have incredible community support for your business it is your responsibility to give back to that community in whatever way you can. Ms. Marie has brought her fundraising expertise to many area projects, including the yearly Miracle Ball benefiting the Children's Miracle Network, The Wounded Warriors Project, Fischer House, The Pink Party benefiting University Hospitals Breast Health Center , Relay for Life and her yearly support of Toys for Tots. Beginning in 2013, she will give her time and talent to help raise money for the Alzheimer's Association with Dancing Stars of Augusta.

 

 

Amanda Hamilton

 

 

 

Amanda Hamilton is a 17 year old completely enveloped in the performing community. As a senior, the past year has been busy academically but Amanda somehow finds time to participate in theatrical productions and dance presentations. Ballroom has taken Amanda to many local events, Atlanta, and even to Washington D.C. She currently dances with Ballroom in Motion’s teen performance team ‘Ballroom Blitz.’ Amanda not only dances ballroom but also takes contemporary and hip hop dance classes as well and she is thankful for the opportunity to combine her passion for dance with the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Bill Kassay

 

 

 

 

Bill Kassay was born in Port Jefferson on Long Island, New York but it didn’t take him long to set out and see the world. Throughout his childhood, he moved with his family throughout the south and into Japan, eventually graduating High School in Hawaii and attending College in Washington, DC. While in college, Bill took full advantage of the dance scene in the nation’s capital and became a professional swing dancer at the age of 18.

During the past 22 years, Bill has performed on stages, floors, grass fields, women’s locker rooms, Walmart aisles, truck beds, and hallways around the world. Always hungry for an audience, Bill spends most of his free time either as a student of performance or perfecting his own craft. His performance resume now also includes being an actor, birthday clown, stand-up comedian, musician of various instruments and a singer. During his years as a performer, he received many accolades, to include, two second places and one third place award in the U.S. Army Festival of the Performing Arts competition. This year, he plans to show a little more leg to earn the first place award.

If you’ve never seen Bill perform, hold on to your hats. His high energy delivery and over the top slapstick influence promise to leave the audience wanting more. Whether performing a lively jitterbug or a more serious piece, Bill always interjects his own storytelling flair to make his shows not just entertaining, but relevant.

While working with Teena Marie at Ballroom in Motion during the evenings, Bill’s day job is a Soldier at Fort Gordon. He has 3 combat tours in Iraq and a total of more than four years in the Middle East to his credit. Without a doubt, he is looking forward to retiring soon! He is currently an AIT Platoon Sergeant at 551st Signal Battalion and guides Soldiers daily to find and develop their own talents.

Bill Kassay is thrilled to be a part of Dancing Stars of Augusta! Not just because of the excitement of taking a local professional and teaching them from scratch to stage, but because it is an amazing cause. After starting this event, it seems everyone knows someone who is affected by the horrible affliction. Bill encourages everyone to give to the event, buy a ticket for the show, or to spread the word! With your help, we can tackle this!

 

 

Elena Gallegos

 

 

 

I currently attend Fox Creek High School, class of 2015, and plan to attend Georgia Regents University to attain a Masters degree in Business.  I have been ballroom dancing for 7 years, but have been dancing for a total of 13 years.  Having my great grandfather and great grandmother suffer from this disease, I am thrilled to be a part of this event to raise awareness. Since my family has been personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease, I find it very important that a cure is found. I am truly happy to be a part of this event. 

 

 Nathan Lubeck

 

 

Nathanis so excited to be in the Dancing with the stars of Augusta! He is an alumnus of the Columbia County Ballet and Musical Theater Workshops. Nathan has also been seen recently in Atlanta’s Legacy Theatre professional production ofJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat!Some of Nathan’s favorite theatrical roles have been: Peter Pan inPeter Panat Atlanta’s Legacy Theater, Aladdin with MTW, and a soloist in the Augusta Players youth wing’sGodspell. Some of his principal dance roles have been The Prince and Cavalier inThe Nutcracker,Fenris Olf/ Morgrim inThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobeballet, and Peter inPeter Panthe Ballet. He has choreographed for many local productions including;Honk the Musical, Once on this Island, Bye Bye Birdie,and many others. His choreographic credits also include works for the Augusta players Youth Wing, Musical Theatre Workshops, and Ft. Gordon Dinner Theatre! He is currently studying to become a certified ballroom instructor/dancer, and also pursuing a career in Musical Theatre. Nathan greatly thanks all of his friends and family for their love, care, and support. Gives thanks for his beautiful son Isaac, the greatest gift he has ever received. And, most importantly, God for helping him through all things, giving him strength when needed, and the aptitude to Dance!

 

 

Joshua Lubeck

 

 

 

 

 Living in a theatrical family since day one, Joshua has studied a wide variety of dance styles, from hip-hop to ballroom. He also studies acting techniques and vocal styles. With six years of experience in ballroom dance and having danced for over twelve years, it will be a readily accepted challenge to take on his fellow competitors. As a homeschooled sophomore whose family offers nothing but support in the arts, Joshua has been able to mercilessly pursue his career as a performer. After high school he hopes to study further at a conservatory and later make a career utilizing his dancing, singing, and acting talents. Joshua is a performer in Ballroom In Motion's dance group Ballroom Blitz and is also one of their valued apprentice teachers.

 

 Having a Grandfather with Alzheimer’s makes this event a much more personal issue.

 

 

Lauren Luce

 

 

 

Lauren Luce has been raised in a theatre and dance community. She was in her first musical theatre production in first grade and has loved the stage ever since. She has been ballroom dancing for 5 years and is currently a member of Ballroom Blitz with Ballroom in Motion. She competed in her first ballroom competition last summer and hopes to compete in many more. In addition to ballroom dancing and performing in community musical theater productions, Lauren also has been clogging for 13 years, taken contemporary dance lessons, and volunteers in the community. She was made a member of the Junior All American national clogging team in 2011 and has won numerous grand champion titles. She is a rising senior at Aquinas High School where she is a member of key club and the prom committee. She is looking forward to dancing tonight and having a lot of fun raising money for the Alzheimer's community!

 

Matt Watson

 

 

Matt Watson was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Evans High School and is attending Georgia Military College where he is working toward a degree in business management.
Even as a child, Matt loved to get involved with community service. He has worked regularly with the Columbia County Humane Society and sponsors a yearly dance to boost their fundraising efforts. Matt also volunteers at local schools by teaching ballroom dancing to children who might not otherwise have that opportunity.
 
His love of dance and his natural talent may be in part due to the fact that he is a fourth generation ballroom dance teacher and has literally grown up in the dance world. His smile is infectious and his students say that he makes learning to dance so much fun that they can't wait to return for their next lesson. In fall of '08, Matt began competing professionally at the Carolina Classic Competition in Greensboro, NC. Matt took the top teacher award in his first competition as a teacher, which is almost unheard of. Matt is the creative director of Ballroom In Motion's performance group Ballroom Blitz .

 

Sara Eaton

 

 

 

Sara is a career musician and teacher who was raised in Charlotte.  She followed her love of music to the University of South Carolina where she was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, as well as many performing ensembles before graduating with a degree in music education.  She came to Augusta in 2007 to begin her education career and has been teaching band in the CSRA ever since.  Sara started dancing with Ballroom in Motion shortly after coming to Augusta and took to it immediately, for what it dance but a physical expression of music?  She has been teaching ballroom for a year and a half, always trying to keep her students moving to the groove and having fun!  
 
Sara has seen firsthand the effects of Alzheimer's as she has watched family members care for loved ones with the disease.  In her words, "Alzheimers's is devastating not only for those suffering from it but it is also consuming and heart breaking for those who find themselves in the role of caretaker.  I also know how difficult it can be to find affordable professional care for patients dealing with Alzheimer's as it is such an overwhelming illness.  I am glad to have the opportunity to make a difference in the battle against Alzheimer's while doing something that I love!"