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The Cause


The First Weber Foundation has paired with Balance to bring awareness to Balance's mission and help raise funds for their new Adopt a Home Program. How will this happen? Fred Astaire professional dancers have been coupled with eight of First Weber’s finest competing for the ultimate prize of being titled Dancing with Our Stars 2019 Judge's Choice winner.  Audience members will also get into the action and vote for their favorite dancer to win the night's People's Choice Award.

Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment to benefit Balance. Competition, raffle, food, drink (cash bar) and dancing all in the beautiful setting of The Atrium in downtown Shorewood.

Balance began as a nonprofit in 1991, dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Their mission is to help create the balance between support and independence.

Balance provides services to individuals that promote and respond to their personal goals, desires, needs and dreams.They strive to empower each individual in determining the direction of his or her life.Their services enhance the communities’ capacity to understand and embrace persons with developmental disabilities. They are committed to provide services that maximize individual potential, while acting as prudent stewards of their resources.

Provided by First Weber Foundation
The Cause

Balance Adopt A Home Program


Our Dancers


Joel Inden

Brookfield Office

As a young kid I enjoyed watching black and white musicals with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. When I got to college and I had to take an elective, there just so happened to be a ballroom dancing class, so I took it for a semester. While I was not Fred Astaire, it sure was fun, so I continued to social ballroom dance whenever there was a special occasion. Now is a great time for me to pull out my old hobby and put it to a great cause. The opportunity to help other is one of life's truly universal callings and Balance Inc. certainly has gotten my attention. When people watch us competing, it is my hope that my sincere hope that they open their hearts and wallets to help Balance expand their already fantastic programs.

Kelly Secord

Lake Country Office

I’m very excited to be a part of this event! I was on the dance team back in high school, but let’s be honest, that was a very long time ago….I’ve always wanted to take professional lessons, but just never took the time. Now this event offers the best of both worlds! I get to experience professional lessons for a great cause, all at the same time. I think this event is a brilliant fundraising idea and will do my best to represent the Lake Country office! Thank you to Balance Inc. and First Weber for the opportunity!

Gail Krajewski

Menomonee Falls Office

I am so very excited to support this awesome organization. Balance is near and dear to my heart because we have a close family friend who’s son has been challenged since birth and is now 18. He, like many others, are in such need of the work and homes that Balance provides. I am dedicating my dance to a beautiful, energetic young man named Ben. I was a competitive baton twirler as a kid, a cheerleader in high school and then I became a competitive cheer coach for high school teams for 23 years. My dance background is limited but my desire to dance is not. I typically drag my husband out to dance everywhere we go by saying,” Shut Up And Dance With Me “, which ironically, is the song I chose for my dance with my pro partner, Russ Larson. A million thanks to the MF office for nominating me to represent our office and supporting me with gifts, emails & constant encouragement. You ROCK!

Lise Wabiszewski

Mequon Office

Grew up with French immigrants. As a child, they raised me in the arts. Trained in ballet, I had the privilege to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet when I was 13. We performed at the San Francisco Opera House. I also took tap, jazz and modern dance. Martha Graham was my teacher. In seven and eighth grade I took ballroom dancing. You can say that dance has been very much a part of my life. In the last couple of years I started ballroom dancing again. Go Mequon!

Randy Thompson

Metro South Office/Priority Title

I am always up for a challenge and a fun time. Even better when the two are combined to benefit a great cause. I am excited to try something new and to represent not only Priority Title, but the Metro South office.

Rebecca Jones

North Shore Office

I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to help this wonderful organization. I have 3 beautiful teen age girls and music and dancing is the best from of medicine in our home. It can take a bad, stressful or crazy day and bring us all together. When this challenge was presented to me, I thought, how truly blessed I am to have a healthy mind and body, and a beautiful roof over our heads. The adults that need these homes deserve to have the same peace and mind to feel safe, warm and blessed. I recently got engaged to an amazing, supportive and fun loving man. I am going to take this challenge, not only to support, but to prepare myself for our first dance on our wedding day!

Dawn Sarandos

Waukesha Office

My name is Dawn Sarandos and I am very excited to be a part of this fundraising event. When I was young, much younger, I was a dancer and as an adult, continue to dance in my kitchen. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to turn something that I enjoy into a chance to help families provide a way to give their loved ones an opportunity to grow and enjoy a more meaningful quality of life. Thank you to Balance Inc. and First Weber for allowing me to be a part of this fun and worthy endeavor.

Corey Tousey

West Bend Office

Charity and giving back to the community in which I live is something I am more than happy to be a part of. I am born and raised in SE WI and am thrilled to see an organization like Balance do such wonderful things for the community! When work isn't calling, I enjoy being around Family and friends as much as possible. My hobbies include: woodworking in my garage, sitting on the shore waiting for the next fish to bite, or just relaxing with my dog tossing her ball. I have tried to slow down a busy work life and take time for myself to enjoy the smalls moments in life that go by so fast! “Dancing with the stars” will be a fun and new adventure for me as I have “2 left feet”. This opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, along with helping raise money for Balance, will be on long and lasting memory for me!

The Professionals


Nastya Shynkarova

Partnered with Joel Inden

She has been a Professional Ballroom Dancer from Belarus. Champion of Belarus. Finalist of International Competitions.

Zachary Pohl

Partnered with Kelly Secord

Russell Larson

Partnered with Gail Krajewski

Vladyslav Babenko

Partnered with Lise Wabiszewski

Ariel Freilich

Partnered with Randy Thompson

Victor Caneo

Partnered with Rebecca Jones

Aaron Ordaz

Partnered with Dawn Sarandos

Emily Bowlin

Partnered with Corey Tousey

Our Judges


Amy Taylor

Celebrity Dance Judge for Dancing with Our Stars

I am a freelance broadcast professional in Milwaukee with a successful track record anchoring and reporting television and radio news in the Milwaukee, Chicago, and Cedar Rapids media markets. As the lead anchor of a Morning television news program and co-host of a morning radio talk show, I have experience writing, editing, and reporting the news. My career began an an anchor of afternoon drive on an all news radio station in Waukegan, Illinois. I moved to television in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at KCRG-TV covering everything from turkey production to Mississippi River flooding. In Chicago, I attended Loyola University Law School while anchoring and reporting for CLTV-News and working at CNN-TV as a news producer. I accepted a job at WTMJ-TV where I anchored the morning news and joined a radio show which became "Reitman, Mueller, and Amy Taylor, too. " In 2004, my husband , Jason and I, welcomed triplets, Tess, Jillian, and Chloe, a life-changing experience to be sure. Throughout my experience as a mother, I've continued to work as a freelancer, appearing on radio and television in Milwaukee, writing and producing videos, working in public relations and marketing, and fundraising for the arts. I currently am a substitute on "The Morning Blend"on WTMJ-TV, and work as an independent producer in marketing and communications.

Hayk Arkshakian

Owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studio Mequon and Pewaukee

The Pewaukee Dance Studio is owned by Hayk. Hayk started dancing when he was 6 years old and is a former Armenian Champion in International Latin. He has now been with the Fred Astaire Organization for over 18 years. Other titles include:Fred Astaire Rhythm Champion, 11-time Untied States Finalist in American Rhythm, 5-time United states Pro/Am Champion in American Rhythm & International Latin. He is also a member of the Fred Astaire Dance Board, a National Judge & Coach. Hayk is living his dream and shares the love of dance with thousands of people every year.

Tecwyn Roberts

Personal Banker at Port Washington State Bank

I started dancing at the age of 3 and danced all through High School and into College. I have taken classes in tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop as well as participated in numerous other musicals and dancing venues. I started learning ballroom dance from my mom while standing on a kitchen stool as my parents were involved in a local ballroom club when I was younger. After High School, I participated in the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive but an ankle injury ended my dance performance career. I have since taught dance at studios in Oregon WI and Cedarburg WI. Dance and the Arts continue to be a passion for me and I am happy to be a part of the Dancing with Our Stars to benefit Balance Inc.

Tecwyn Roberts

Personal Banker at Port Washington State Bank

Tickets


First Weber Dancing with OUR Stars

Enjoy a spectacular night of competition and fun with the First Weber Family to benefit Balance’s Adopt a Home Program. The evening will start with winding down upon arrival with a cash bar cocktail hour up at the beautiful Atrium rooftop bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The competition, program and raffle drawing will take place in the main venue followed by an open dance floor for all. Our goal is to make an impact on the $250,000 needed for maintenance on the nine Adult Family Homes. Roof replacement, painting, yard maintenance, mechanical's and handicap retrofitting all add up quickly. The Balance Adult Family Homes and the Adopt a Home Program will preserve the safety, security, integrity and accessibility of the places their residents have come to know as their own, independent family homes. It will allow them to live happily while aging in place with the very best life supports and services available.


  • Date: 10/3/2019 05:00 PM
  • Location: The Atrium, 2107 E Capitol Dr, Shorewood, WI 53211 (Map)

Price: $50.00

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