Emcee and Judges for the Evening
Jamie Bendall, Emcee
For more than 20 years, Jamie Bendall has been a professional comedian specializing in clean, corporate friendly comedy. His experiences as a lawyer and business owner give him a unique perspective on stage and behind a podium. His relationship with his spouse and children inspires much of his material. He is a panelist and commentator on The Dish, a regular opinion segment on the 11Alive Morning News.
Danielle Mason Hosker, Judge
Director, Dancefx (Athens, Charleston, & Atlanta) | Award-Winning Choreographer
Recent Bulldog 100 Recipient, Danielle Mason Hosker, created Dancefx, Inc. in 2000 with a vision to bring cutting-edge professional dance, training and performance opportunities to the Southeastern community. Under her direction Dancefx, Inc. has grown to include Dancefx Athens, Dancefx Charleston, Dancefx Atlanta, the Dancefx Concert Dance Company, DanceATHENS Dance Festival, DanceATHENS Award For Excellence, the Charleston Dance Project, Xtensity and Dancestyle Dancewear. Mason Hosker is an award-winning choreographer whose work has been seen throughout the US and in Europe including Jazz Dance World Congress, Piccolo Spoleto and the International Dance Grand Prix. Mason Hosker’s biggest accomplishment continues to be her dancers who embody the Dancefx ethic, perform the Dancefx technique and further the dance industry professionally utilizing the Dancefx ideals and values.
Sarah Parrott, Judge
Sarah Parrott is an Atlanta, Georgia based women’s contemporary designer. As a Season 1 participant on NBC’s Fashion Star she is widely known as an H&M favorite. The only designer to sell consecutively for five straight weeks, Parrott’s edgy and modern designs were a favorite of the Swedish retailer. All six designs that were picked up by H&M sold out within minutes, crashing the site on a few occasions. Each piece was sold in units of 4-6k, per color. Parrott’s fans and media quickly took notice, and she soon gained recognition as a designer with staying power. Her designs have been featured in Rollingstone, Life&Style, InStyle, Women’s Health Magazine and featured on E! News and Chelsea Lately. In October 2012 the collaboration of Sarah Parrott for Bow and Drape, an e- commerce site, launched with a collection of dresses and separates . Bow and Drape is a U.S. based company that allows shoppers to create their own garment by selecting color, fabric, trim and silhouette based on their body type and style. Bow and Drape offers the capability to design right alongside Parrott. With over 30,000 design options, the collaboration has been a giant success for the start-up company. Parrott got her start in the business by submitting to the Emerging Designer Competition at Charleston Fashion Week in 2011. Walking away with the People’s Choice Award for her debut collection. In the past two years, Parrott has quickly made her mark in the business and has no plans to slow down. Residing in Marietta, GA with her family, Parrott works full-time on her label Parrott by Sarah Parrott.
Mayor Donnie Henriques, Judge
Mayor of Woodstock, GADonnie Henriques was the first to serve as a City Council Member for Ward 6 upon its creation in 1999. He served as a City Council Member from January 2000 through December 2003. Mayor Henriques was elected in 2005 to serve as mayor. He was recently re-elected to serve a second term through December 31, 2013. His first love is the senior citizen community. He’s been a vital part of the growth of the William G. Long Senior Center by offering his time, compassion, and expertise. He and his wife, Dr. Jan Henriques have three children, Derek, Jeremy, and Madeline. Donnie and Jan own and operate the Progressive Audiology Center, located on Towne Lake Parkway.
Michelle Bowden, Judge
Winner, 2012 Dancing for the Children
Michelle Bowden is a current Service League member and reigning Champion of the 2012 Dancing for the Children! She earned a B.S. in Management from North Georgia College and has been married to her wonderful husband, Jeremy, for 13 years. She worked as a Coordinator of new business in a finance company before deciding to stay at home and raise her children: Madison (8), Aubrey and Asher (2). Her middle child, Aubrey, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 11 months and passed away at the tender age of 23 months, after 7 rounds of chemotherapy and a liver transplant (for whom she danced in memory of last year). Thankful for her Faith, Family, and Friends, she is also an active member of her church, Canton First United Methodist.