Terri is an attorney and newly appointed adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She has spent her adult life in New York City where she practiced law at S & P Global, AIG, Richards & O'Neil, and the New York City Law Department. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and a Master's degree from Columbia School of Journalism. She serves on a number of boards including Riverdale Country School and Girls Inc. of NYC. She has received many honors during her professional career including Top Diversity Executive by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2011. Terri is the proud mother of three adult children, Nicole, Chris and Amanda. She resides in both NYC and Malibu. Although she has never taken a dance class or performed on stage before this endeavor, she bravely took this CHANCE TO DANCE to show her whole-hearted belief in the importance of INSPIRE's mental and emotional wellness programs!
Steve is a lifelong resident of Fairfield. He graduated from Fairfield Prep, Loyola University Maryland and received a M.B.A. in 2013 from Fairfield University. He works as a Liquidity Stress Testing Manager for GE Capitol at their Norwalk headquarters. Steve's natural enthusiasm is matched only by his courage to be 'that guy who will do ANYTHING for a good cause.' His participation tonight as well as his recent stuff-strutting at the 'Brokini Beach Bash' for breast cancer shows that to be true! Despite the fact that his only official dance was at his 2011 wedding (which his wife, Caitlin, recalls he cut short), he was all-in when he heard of this bucket-list opportunity to dance competitively with a beautiful Russian partner. Both Steve and Caitlin share a passion for fitness. He coaches CrossFit at Fairfield's BK Athletics and helps manage operations at Caitlin's THE BAR METHOD studios. Above all, he enjoys spending time with Caitlin and their children, Cecelia and Lochlan. Through his own life experiences Steve has knowledge of the debilitating effects of anxiety and the impact of postpartum depression. He is excited to assist INSPIRE with the sincere hope of helping others in our community.
Stephanie is a native of Summit, New Jersey where she discovered at an early age her love (and talent) for all things related to physical fitness. She took ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics lessons as a child and continued jazz and gymnastics as well as cheerleading through the high school competition level. It would be many years later that she was re-united with a 3rd grade classmate who, in 1991, would become her wonderful husband, Bob! They moved to Connecticut and she soon directed her high-energy and focus to the role of mother of three. Sam, Kyle and Courtney followed in her footsteps as active, athletic children and where they went Stef was not far behind-as volunteer, coach or transportation manager! Over the years she was known to be a dedicated volunteer at her children's schools, Wakeman, and also was a longtime board member at Norma Pfriem Breast Center where she managed several fundraisers. Now an empty-nester, Stef has filled her 'spare' time by working as a Bar Method instructor as well as enjoying tennis, golf and hosting family and friends at their Naples, FL home. Stef is honored to be on stage tonight to support INSPIRE's valuable mission to de-stress our community.
Bill grew up in Leominster, Massachusetts and moved to Connecticut as a teenager - just in time to step into the role of quarterback of New Canaan High's football team and soon meet a fellow student named Karen, who would one day become his wife. Bill then attended UCONN where he received a B.S. in Engineering and then went on to get a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Bill serves as vice-president and general manager of Gerber Scientific's Digital Solutions, a software company. Bill and Karen have lived in Fairfield for 26 years where they have raised their three sons - Will, Thomas, and Jack.
Nowadays, Bill's natural athleticism is most often displayed on the golf course. Although he is frequently observed busting some impressive moves on many a Fairfield dance floor, let's be clear- this is his all-time debut as a competitive dancer. He graciously accepted this invitation to take the stage to raise funds for INSPIRE's unique mental health classes. When not stepping on Anna's toes at the Fred Astaire Norwalk Studio, Bill can often be found on the construction site of their future new home in Fairfield or....on a golf course.
Cheryl has strong local roots. She was born and raised in Bridgeport, is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, and has resided in Fairfield for the past 28 years. She received her B.S. in Finance from Central Connecticut State University and her J.D. from the University of Bridgeport School of Law. She has been practicing law in Fairfield for 28 years, running her own practice in downtown Fairfield for the past 14 years. Cheryl is married to Rocky Pacelli and together they have two beautiful and accomplished children Hilary and Johnny. Among Cheryl's many loves; the beach, skiing, entertaining, and the arts. Cheryl has a passion for Broadway and dance, having mastered the art of tap at a young age. She also enjoys Irish dancing, a family tradition, and “swinging” around the dance floor with her Dad. Anyone lucky enough to know Cheryl will attest to her kindness, fun spirit and generosity to all. When the opportunity to dance on the FTC stage to support INSPIRE presented itself, Cheryl didn't hesitate. Cheryl is excited to support INSPIRE'S mission and tackle the dance challenge that lies ahead!
is a native of Spain where he was a three-time Spanish Champion in the International Ballroom and Latin style division. He has also won the European Viennes Waltz Championship and over 5O other similar competitions. He has been part of the cast of various Spanish dancing television shows, most recently 'Dancing With The Stars.' He relocated to the United States six years ago in his quest to capture an American Championship. This year he became the proud owner of his own HOME in Norwalk. Manuel's infectious high-energy, enthusiasm and confidence motivates all his dedicated students to reach new heights at Fred Astaire Studios in Norwalk. He is honored to dance in this event for the sixth consecutive year, partnering with two lovely ladies- Terri Austin and Stephanie Scheetz.
is the most recent addition to the talented line-up of dance professionals at Fred Astaire Norwalk Studio. She was born in Russia where she started competing in dance at the age of 9 and won many Championship titles over the years. Tatyana attended the Moscow Academy of Dance and worked as a dance instructor at the Dinamo Dance Studio in Moscow. She also was a member of the prestigious dance group Randevu, starring in leading roles in many productions. She came to the U.S. last year to start a new dance career with her partner, Manuel Trillo, and to pass on her incredible insights regarding dance performance and competition to all her students at Fred Astaire. She looks forward to partnering with Steve Giambalvo on the FTC stage. Tatyana and her previous celebrity partner, Rick Fernandes, won our 2017 People's Choice Award!
joined the Fred Astaire Norwalk team in 2016, bringing with him invaluable experience from his Russian dance background. He has a diploma as a Master of Dance Sport and won the World Open Cup Vice-Championship title in Standard. Alexander has a very vigorous, competitive and positive personality with very broad interests from dancing to high math and quantitative finance which he still continues to study. He is excited to dance with the very fun and sassy Cheryl Carolan!
is originally from Moscow. She has an extensive international dance background, having competed with the strongest couples in Europe as an amateur and then later as a professional in the World Dance Council Division. In 2015, Anna participated in the world-famous television program, Dancing with the Stars - Russia. Later that year, Anna moved to the USA to compete in the Professional Ten-Dance and Showcase division. She is an Eastern American Champion, United States Finalist and World Semi-Finalist. She also teaches and dances competitively with students at the Fred Astaire Norwalk Dance Studio. Anna speaks four languages (English, Spanish, German and Russian). Before moving to US she both worked and lived in Germany and Switzerland. Anna take the stage with partner Bill Brewster to vie for the 2018 Mirror Ball Trophy!
Susan has lived in Southport for 13 years with her husband Stu and their three children. She has had a life-long love of dance and as long as there is music playing, she never misses an opportunity to occupy a dance floor! Susan's positivity, thoughtful nature, and keen sense of style make her a wonderful addition to our judges' panel and we are honored to have her. She also brings a special perspective to our panel as she is our 2016 Mirror Ball Trophy winner! We are grateful for all of Susan's kind efforts to make our event so successful each year!
MAR is America's top lifestyle expert, a 3-time Emmy-nominated TV host/Executive Producer and a best-selling author. His acclaimed gardening and design books - LIFE on MAR's series: A Four Season Garden andCreating Casual Luxury are both sold worldwide. He is also the creator, host and Executive Producer of the 2-time Emmy-nominated TV series: LIFE ON MAR'S:The Home Makeover Show, currently in production of Season 2 with national syndication in 2017. No stranger to dance and performing himself, Mar is a 4-time regional and sectional ice-skating gold medalist! Most recently, Mar returned to the competitive skating arena to capture the 2018 Men's ISIA Senior Men's World Championship! He is thrilled to bring his diverse experiences and his well-respected eye for 'what works' to the judges' table again this year!
VICTORIA CAREY is the owner and director of Falsh Pointe Dance and Glitter & Grime in downtown Fairfield. She opened the studio to provide a nurturing environment that would support everyone so inspired to explore the world of dance. As a mother of four, Vickie feels strongly that keeping our children active and involved in activities that they love, in an environment that encourages them to spread their wings, is a critical tool for self-esteem and confidence. She has been honored to supply instructors, celebrities, and rehearsal space for A Chance To Dance since its inception. INSPIRE is grateful to have found such a loyal supporter of this event and our mission !
'I would like to applaud all of our courageous contestants for taking on this challenge, and look forward to the opportunity to recognize the unique offerings that you will each bring to this event !"
Chris hopes to live up the traditions of his Grandfather, Bud Collyer, one of the original emcees of television game shows including Beat the Clock and To Tell the Truth as well as the original voice of Superman on radio and early television. "I wanted to be a part of this incredible event and support the fantastic work INSPIRE is doing in our community in regard to mental and emotional wellness! I'm grateful for the opportunity and I am looking forward to a great show and the fantastic support of the audience." When not on stage with a microphone (don't ask him about his band)....Chris is a marketing/technology consultant and a professional sports photographer.
Chris sends a giant shout-out to Mary-Jo McAvey for lending him the microphone this year...temporarily, of course!