Celebrating more than 80 years of service, the Service League of Cherokee County presented the 51st Annual Ball and the 7th Annual "Dancing for the Children" Celebrity Dance Challenge Competition!
The Service League of Cherokee County presented its 51st Annual Ball and popular "Dancing for the Children" celebrity dance challenge on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center located at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton, Georgia.
Dancers who competed in the competition are local celebrities and dignitaries who committed to raising a minimum of $3,000 each in sponsorship dollars, while also training and partnering with professional dance instructors in preparation for the competition. Additionally, each professional dance instructor donated their time and talents to work diligently to train their celebrity dance partners.
Money raised from ticket purchases, sponsorships and donations to this event will be used to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County, providing necessities such as medical care, dental and vision care, clothing, scholarships, camps and much more.
This year’s exciting celebrity dancer lineup included:
Delane Bailey, licensed life and health insurance agent at Rick Bailey & Company with professional partner Sandy Raines
Jen Davo, owner of Studio 5 Salon with professional partner Natalie Berry
Brittany Duncan, Public Information Officer for the City of Woodstock with professional partner Leah Bleisath
Todd Hayes, Chief Assistant Solicitor-General in the Cherokee County Solicitor-General's Office with professional partner Lydia Carlile
Sherri Juliani, Children's Minister at Canton First United Methodist Church with professional partner Dawn Parker
Justin Page, National Director of Corporate Sales for Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics with professional partner Karrie Mattice
Mark Smith, Principal of Woodstock High School with professional partner Jennifer Cogdill
Liz Spell, Assistant Principal at Teasley Middle School with professional partner Ray Santiago
Katie Wise, Woodstock Branch Manager for LGE Community Credit Union with professional partner Terry Herron
In addition to the dance competition, guests at the event enjoyed dinner and dancing. We hope you can join us next year for this exciting event. Keep checking back for more information.
The winners of the 2017 Dancing for the Children Celebrity Dance Challenge were
Todd Hayes of Cherokee County Solicitor-General's Office and his partner, Lydia Carllie!
MEET THE DANCERS!
Dancers competing in this year's Dancing for the Children competition committed to raising a minimum of $3,000 each in sponsorship dollars, while also training and partnering with volunteer professional dance instructors in preparation for the competition. Dancers who performed at this year's event were:
Delane Bailey and Sandy Raines
Delane Bailey is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County and is an honorary member and past president of the Service League of Cherokee County. Delane began dancing at the age of 3 and continued dancing for 10 years before transitioning to dance performance through cheerleading. She is a graduate of Reinhardt University and Kennesaw State University and works with her father at Rick Bailey & Company as a licensed life and health insurance agent. She is the mother of two children, Connor and Allie, and is a member of Canton First United Methodist Church. Delane will be performing with Sandy Raines of Woodstock. Sandy began her dance career in the early 80’s teaching clogging and line dancing. Sandy has competed in numerous dance challenges and performed at the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans, La. She has a master’s degree in special education. Sandy currently choreographs dances for wedding couples and serves as a dance instructor for company parties and family picnics.
Jen Davo and Natalie Berry
Jen Davo is a native of Canton who grew up with a talent for style and beauty. At the age of 23, Jen opened her very own Studio 5 Salon in Holly Springs, Ga. In 2013, the salon’s growing success required a move to a larger location in Jen’s hometown of Canton. Jen uses her talents to help people gain confidence and feel beautiful both on the inside and outside. She is an active member of the community, participating in programs such as the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Cherokee program. Jen’s professional dance partner is Natalie Berry. Natalie is a native of Arkansas and has been an instructor in the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University since 2009. Natalie has a master’s degree in dance with an emphasis in ballet from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked with numerous university and youth dance programs throughout her extensive career and currently teaches at the Canton location of Impact Dance of Atlanta.
Brittany Duncan and Leah Bleisath
Woodstock native Brittany Duncan is the Public Information Officer for the city of Woodstock. After graduating from Berry College in 2006, Brittany returned home to Woodstock and began working for the city, first as an administrative assistant to the chief of police and public information officer. In 2016, Brittany became the city’s Public Information Officer where she serves as a liaison between city employees, residents, stakeholders and the media. She is involved in several community organizations such as the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation, and she is a reserve police officer with the Woodstock Police Department. Brittany has also served children in vulnerable communities of Kenya through the Be Free Revolution organization, utilizing education and training to help improve social and economic conditions. Brittany will be dancing with her sister, Leah Bleisath. Leah is a graduate of Brenau Women’s College which she attended on a dance scholarship, receiving a bachelor’s degree in science with a minor in dance. Leah began dancing at the age of 4 and has performed in numerous ensembles, competitions and productions, as well as choreographed routines for various dance teams and squads. Leah is a Teacher on Special Assignment for the Cherokee County Board of Education and is an active member of the Service League of Cherokee County. She and her husband, Ryan, have three daughters.
Todd Hayes and Lydia Carlile
Todd Hayes is the Chief Assistant Solicitor-General in the Cherokee County Solicitor-General’s office. A native of Atlanta, Todd began his law career as a prosecutor in the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office and later moved to the Forsyth County Solicitor-General’s office where he discovered his affinity for traffic prosecution. Todd moved to Cherokee County in 2007 when he began prosecuting cases for the Cobb County Solicitor-General’s office. He has worked throughout his career to improve the quality of traffic prosecution throughout the state, training and equipping prosecutors and officers to combat impaired driving. Todd resides in Canton with his wife, Sara, and their five children. Todd’s professional dance partner is Lydia Carlile. Lydia is a lifelong resident of Canton who began dancing at the age of 9. Lydia has studied all styles of dance, from ballet and tap to hip hop and ballroom. In addition to teaching dance, Lydia has also trained in competitive ballroom dancing, winning her first professional competition in 2013 with her dance partner. She is a graduate of the Atlanta School of Massage and has continued her dance career by choreographing musical productions for The King’s Academy for the past five years.
Sherri Juliani and Dawn Parker
Sherri Juliani began dancing when she was 5 years old and continued to take classes in ballet, tap and jazz through her senior year in high school. Sherri embarked on a career in retail marketing, management and advertising before becoming the parent of two children. When her son was in kindergarten, she began a new career in children’s ministry at a church in Marietta. Sherri currently serves as the children’s minister at Canton First United Methodist Church. Sherri is dancing with Dawn Parker, an instructor at Great Gig Dance Company and a four-time professional dance instructor for the Dancing for the Children Celebrity Dance Challenge. Dawn has been teaching dance for more than 25 years throughout the metro Atlanta area. In addition to her classes at Great Gig, she also choreographs for several local schools and production companies, and several of her students have gone on to dance professionally throughout the country, even competing on the popular television show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” Dawn is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theater education. She and her husband, Todd, have five children.
Justin Page and Karrie Mattice
Lifelong Cherokee County resident Justin Page has worked in the relocation industry for more than nine years. As National Director of Corporate Sales for Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics, Justin works with corporate clients, colleges and universities, as well as realtors to provide corporate, commercial, international and residential moving services. Outside the office, Justin has served on the board of directors for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Georgia Chapter, helping raise more than $1.5 million for those fighting cancer. Justin’s professional dance partner is two-time Dancing for the Children Celebrity Dance Challenge champion, Karrie Mattice. Karrie has more than 30 years of dance experience in a variety of styles including jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, hip hop, ballet, Hawaiian and Texas two-step. Throughout her varied dance career, Karrie has performed on dance company tour in Italy, has studied Polynesian dance in Hawaii and has danced for the B-52’s during their 1998 summer tour. She has served as an instructor and choreographer for the past decade at several dance schools in the north Georgia area. Karrie is also a sign language interpreter and is currently pursuing a graduate degree.
Mark Smith and Jennifer Cogdill
Mark Smith grew up in Alabama and moved to Cherokee County after college graduation to begin teaching math at Woodstock Middle School. In 2006, Mark became a Teacher on Special Assignment for the Cherokee County School District and in 2007, was promoted to the position of assistant principal at Cherokee High School in Canton. In 2010, Mark was appointed the principal of Woodstock Middle School, where he served for five years, before moving into his current position as the principal at Woodstock High School. Mark lives in Canton with his wife Katie, an active member of the Service League of Cherokee County, and their two sons. Mark is dancing with Jennifer Cogdill. Jennifer is a native of Chicago, Ill., who moved to the South 15 years ago to dance professionally and teach classes at the Georgia Ballet Company. In addition to her dance training, Jennifer has a master’s degree in education and currently serves as the media specialist at Woodstock High School.
Liz Spell and Ray Santiago
Roswell native Liz Spell is a graduate of Furman University, where she attended on a full basketball scholarship and earned a degree in political science with a minor in education. After college, Liz married and moved to Tennessee, where she began teaching social studies and coaching basketball, softball and track. In 2005, Liz moved back to Georgia and began teaching and coaching at Cherokee High School. In 2015, she became a graduation coach for the Cherokee County School District and now serves as an assistant principal and athletic director at Teasley Middle School. Liz and her husband, Greg, are proud parents of a blended family of five children. Ray Santiago is Liz’s professional dance partner. Originally from Florida, Ray began coaching dance and cheer teams in 2005 and has received numerous recognitions, including two collegiate national championships. Ray currently works as a tumble instructor and cheer coach at Tag Athletics located in Ball Ground.
Katie Wise and Terry Herron
Cherokee County native Katie Wise has worked for LGE Community Credit Union for 15 years and is the manager of the branch office in Woodstock. She is involved with several charitable organizations in Cherokee County and serves on the board of directors for the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. She resides in Canton with her husband and two daughters. Katie’s professional dance partner is Terry Herron. A native of Augusta, Terry is a professional ballroom dancer whose love for dancing began at an early age when he studied ballet, tap and jazz. That love of dance continued into college when he became a dance instructor. Terry is also the owner of Level V Atlanta, a premiere upscale event venue located in Atlanta’s Buckhead area, and is co-owner of Premier Learning Center.
The Service League of Cherokee County would like to thank our 2017 Annual Ball sponsors for their support and generosity:
WellStar Health Systems
Mirror Ball Sponsors: Around About Local Media, Inc., Bank of North Georgia, Cobb EMC Community Foundation, Hasty Pope Trial Lawyers, Family Life Publications
Tango Level Sponsors: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Woodstock Furniture Outlet, Woodstock Quality Paint & Body
Other sponsors include:
LGE Community Credit Union
Baird & Baird Family Dentistry
International Marble Industries, Inc.