Dancing with the Stars 2022
MANY THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS, DANCERS & DONORS!
Spanish teacher, Steamboat Springs High School
Irene Alicot has wanted to participate in Rocky Mountain CASA’s Dancing with the Stars since its inception. She is thrilled to be included this year! Irene was born and raised in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents. As most people who know her are aware, she is VERY proud of her Cuban heritage. Irene moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2004 to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. She then moved to Steamboat in 2007 and started a job as a Spanish teacher at Steamboat Springs High School, where she has taught thousands of “eager” students ever since. She also met her husband, Garrett Branson, there, and the two of them comprise half of the Spanish department at the school. Irene and Garrett have two children who attend Strawberry Park Elementary, and yes, the kids DO speak Spanish. She enjoys most of what the Yampa Valley has to offer and demonstrates mediocre skills in mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. But don’t ask her to go camping for more than one night. You can take the girl out of Miami, but you can’t take Miami out of the girl! Irene is excited to help raise money for Rocky Mountain CASA by showcasing her awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping dance moves.
Choreographer partnered with Irene Alicot
Meg Southcott, Founder and Artistic Director of Forty106 Dance Project, loves dance and performing. Alongside choreographing and performing and running her company, Meg teaches dance to students of all ages, Littles to Adults. Her classes encourage students to explore, develop and enhance their personal artistry through dance education and personal exploration. Meg is excited for this collaboration of dance and entertainment and its support of a program that advocates for vulnerable children and creates a safe environment for them to grow and thrive. This is Meg’s first year participating in DWTS. She is over the moon (and heading to Miami) thrilled about this opportunity.
Communications Director, Steamboat Ski Resort
A recovering ballerina from the last century, Loryn Duke has called Steamboat Springs home for nearly 15 years. As the Communications Director for Steamboat Ski Resort, Loryn is passionate about sharing her love for Steamboat and the ski industry, and loves everything you’re supposed to love if you live in the valley- biking, hiking, rodeos, rivers, the arts, etc. Married to longtime local Ryan Duke and new mom to year-old daughter Eloise, Loryn is excited and nervous to get back on the stage; but her intense competitive spirit and desire to support CASA is the perfect combination. Thwarted by COVID for the 2020 DWTS, Loryn is thrilled that the dance her previous choreographers Traci Hiatt and Stephanie Rabbit envisioned finally gets to be enjoyed with the help of her new choreographer Jess LeBlanc.
Choreographer partnered with Loryn Duke
Jessica is honored to dance in DWTS for the first time and help support the mission of CASA in our community. Jessica grew up in Atlanta and began dancing at a young age. Ballet was her first love. Many years later, after school and travel, she and her husband moved to Colorado and eventually to Steamboat Springs, where her love of dance was rekindled. She started dancing in the Steamboat Dance Theater Annual Concert in 2016. Jessica was also a company dancer in the first year of Meg Southcott’s forty106 Dance Project. Now as a member of the Steamboat Dance Theatre Board, she looks forward to bringing these experiences, combined with her own love of dance to help bring more dance and movement to our community and to our schools. Jessica teaches at Steamboat Montessori and has two children of her own (who she’s always trying to get to dance!)
Owner of Property Management Company
Craig Keefe has lived in Steamboat for 25 years. You may not know him…but you probably know his wife LORI!! We have 3 kids and one chocolate lab named Beau.
I was a private yacht captain for over 15 years and now I own a property management company here in Steamboat. I love to ski, mountain bike, fish, hike and participate in ALL things Steamboat!! Oh yeah and I love to dance with Penny Hamilton!!!
Choreographer partnered with Craig Keefe
Penny has danced and choreographed professionally over the past 20 years and is excited to participate again in this fun, lighthearted, and extremely important fundraiser. Having graduated from Bartuccio School of Dance in Australia, Penny has been involved in different dance companies in Australia as well as the US. She has been involved in the Steamboat Dance Theatre in both dancer and choreographer roles. Penny now owns her own functional fitness business ‘Power with Penny’ that she runs out of the CrossFit gym on Jacobs circle. Teaching classes and personal training, and helping people with their fitness goals is her life’s passion (along with her family of 3, her husband Cary and her two boys, Tanner 15 and Max 17.) This is the 7th year Penny has been involved with ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and is so grateful to have been asked again. “Thank you to all the incredible volunteers that put so much into this event. It truly is an honor to be involved in something so amazingly beneficial to so many children less fortunate than all of us.”
Jen loves being part of the Steamboat community, and is excited to participate in Dancing with the Stars! Jen sells Real Estate with Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, and has a Hospitality podcast, Memorable Experiences, with her husband Jeff. Jen loves to give back, and is the President of the SSHS Booster Club. In her free time, you will find her cheering for her step-son Jeffrey at his Varsity Hockey or Lacrosse games, or enjoying all the outdoor activities Steamboat has to offer. Jen loves to wakesurf and ride her mountain bike around the Stagecoach Reservoir. She never met a sunset, beach, or margarita she didn’t love. Her vast dance experience includes many streamed dance fitness classes in her basement, and fun nights out with girlfriends. She wants to send a big thank you to Jeff for always being so supportive and encouraging her to step out of her comfort zone, and to Scott Goodhart, her dance partner, for making her feel like she can really do this thing!
Choreographer partnered with Jen Hubler
Scott Goodhart is the founder of Goodhart’s Dancin’ Steamboat. He’s been teaching ballroom and social dance professionally for the last 12 years, and has competed with students around the world. He currently teaches bitty ballet and tumbling tots at Elevation Dance studio, and started the elementary school “world dance program” in Steamboat Springs. His biggest joy is to watch the social dance community grow, and see new people discover the love of dance! When not dancing, teaching dance, and thinking about dance, Scott runs marathons, trains for triathlons, and writes music to perform locally. His wonderful wife Barb is currently in Denver getting her degree in physical therapy, but fortunately they will both be back in “The Boat” at the end of 2022!
Maggie is a Nashville, TN native who moved to Steamboat in 2019 to join the ministry team at Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church . She is the associate pastor and focuses on youth and discipleship ministry. Maggie is passionate about working with others to explore their passions and helping them find creative ways to serve their community. She is participating in Dancing with the Stars because she is passionate about serving and mentoring young people and believes that no child should have to navigate the court system alone. In her free time she enjoys CrossFit, baking, hiking, trying to ski and spending time with friends and family.
Martin St. Pierre
Choreographer partnered with Maggie Taylor
Martin St. Pierre started dancing at the age of 8 years old, in a small studio connected with Excel Gymnastics in Steamboat Springs Colorado. He first learned tap through Ben Spiegel, one of his longtime mentors. Then moved to Elevation Dance studio in their first season in 2010/2011 where he started training in other styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and modern. Martin soon found his love for ballet which he would spend most of time training at Elevation under Solange Guenier, his second mentor who influenced him with her rock and roll ballet contemporary style choreography. After Martin graduated from high school in 2018 he moved to Denver where he continued his training with Colorado Ballet. performing in multiple performances with the company including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and The Wizard of Oz choreographed by Septime Webre Hong Kong Ballet’s artistic director. At Colorado Ballet he refined his ballet technique with the many teachers and company members provided for him in the program. After two years training with Colorado Ballet Martin moved out to the west coast in Santa Barbara California to dance with State Street Ballet. Where he performed as the Arabian Prince in The nutcracker. Martin has since been teaching and working for Yampa Valley Arts Academy and looks forward to a future career as a teacher/choreographer.
Branch Manager, Elevate Home Loans
Chris Magnotta was a typical Colorado kid. He did all things mountain and adventure, loves all the fun races and competitions, if it’s crazy, and involves mountains, he says yes. After studying abroad he took a last minute soccer scholarship from Northwest University in Seattle. There he found fellow athlete and snowboarder, Sara Magnotta who he married in 2002. Chris later received his MBA at CU and began a career in the lending world. He enjoys helping people tackle difficult financial decisions in regards to home loans. Once his business was built in the front range, Chris and Sara moved the gaggle to their favorite place, Steamboat Springs. He is currently the Steamboat Springs branch manager of Elevate Home Loans with NFM. His cheering and adventure section also include: Lucia 11, Siena 5, and Jace 5. Chris loves giving back and enjoys using his platform to highlight great causes. When tapped to participate in Dancing with The Stars to support CASA it was a no brainer. Chris may have a lot of crazy stories, but dancing just might be the craziest thing he has ever said yes to.
Choreographer partnered with Chris Magnotta
My name is Haley Orton. I am an IT Systems Specialist for the Steamboat Ski Resort and I grew up here in the Yampa valley. This is my second time performing for Dancing with the Stars and I am so excited to be on stage again! I have danced in Steamboat Dance Theatre for five years and I choreographed in this last show. I love to watch dancers who have never performed before step out of their comfort zone and try something new! I love to dance, ski, snowboard, ride horses, and be outside in our amazing community!
My name is Vladan Chase. I grew up here in Steamboat, and for a long time had the goal of announcing in the NHL. I worked at Steamboat Radio for close to a decade, at first in a contracted capacity, then full time for the last couple years. I have likely announced close to 700 games in the play-by-play role, and over the years, I developed great relationships with so many of the families of the kids I was announcing for. I ended up traveling for almost a year. I have a podcast that is all about the community of the rink, and I traveled the country talking to countless people, and gathering their stories. Since returning to the valley, I took my EMT, and am currently working for North Routt Fire, as a firefighter/EMT. My hobbies include my podcast, playing and reffing hockey, and spending time outdoors. When asked if I would perform in DWTS, I accepted right away, and am thrilled to be participating in such a great event. I am looking forward to the whole experience.
Choreographer partnered with Vladan Chase
I am very excited and honored to be asked to choreograph for the sixth time this year!! I am so happy the show is back on the stage. it has always been one of my FAVORITE nights out in Steamboat and for an amazing cause. I grew up dancing, choreographing and performing and have performed in Steamboat Dance Theatres annual production fourteen years. I have also been on the Production Team as Co-Producer for SDT’s annual show for the past three years. I have lived in Steamboat for over thirty years, I have three fantastic daughters and have been married to my husband Jeff for almost twenty five years. I currently work as the Office Manager at Sleeping Giant School and recently took on coaching middle school cheer for both Sleeping Giant School and Steamboat Springs Middle School. I am super excited to perform with Vladan Chase this year! Thank you for supporting CASA and our “Stars” who have worked so hard on their performances and raising money for Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA!!
I’m Kelli Johnson- wife to Matt Johnson and mom to Lucas (12), Eli (10), Kate (8), and Shiloh (5). I’m currently the pharmacy manager at Safeway in Steamboat Springs, but moved here 10 years ago to open the Walgreens pharmacy. I had been with the company for almost 20 years (yes, I started working for Walgreens at 17 years old!), when I had the opportunity to help open Community Pharmacy at the MRH Specialty Clinics. Seizing the opportunity to do something out of my comfort zone and have more time with my children, I managed this pharmacy through the beginning of the pandemic. Meanwhile, my husband had the opportunity to take ownership of Lyon’s Corner Drug and that led to an entire new ball of crazy for our family! We successfully hosted Covid vaccination clinics for over half of 2021 to try to bring the most help to our community in the quickest way possible. This may be the highlight of my professional career. It not only was an opportunity to give us all a little hope, but to see friends and fellow healthcare professionals come together to volunteer their time with us is something I will cherish forever. Our kids also played a pivotal role in the clinics, helping with paperwork and passing out treats afterwards. As a mom, this was also a life highlight as the kids gave up their entire winter of skiing to help others. Now, as the craze of vaccinations slows down, I remember why I love being a retail pharmacist. I’m so thankful for our community, the new patients I meet on a daily basis, the long-time patients who have shown loyalty through some of our family’s toughest times, the healthcare teams that work so well together to take care of each other. We truly live in a special place.
Choreographer partnered with Kelli Johnson
Rachel has lived in Steamboat for 19 years and currently works at the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation as a Catering & Conference Services Manager whose team oversees all banquet events, conferences and weddings on the Ski Resort and at the Steamboat Grand Hotel. She has been employed with the Steamboat Ski Area for 15 years. Previously she worked in several positions with various non-profit arts organizations in Steamboat, including the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. She went to school at Colorado Mountain College and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where she studied Art Education. Rachel is a Colorado Native and grew up in the Denver/Boulder area where she began dancing at a young age, much of her youth was spent in the dance studio. Rachel joined the Steamboat Dance Theatre board in 2012 and is currently the President of the Organization. Additionally, Rachel has choreographed seven dances for the Steamboat Dance Theatre Annual Concert and Co-Produced the shows 2020 & 2021. She enjoys her time participating in Steamboat Dance Theatre through being on the board, dancing and choreographing for the show. She is very excited and honored to again a part of Dancing with the Stars and support Casa. This is her third year participating in the Dancing with the Stars event. With all of the dance and community events Rachel is involved in, Dancing with the Stars is her favorite and a day she looks forward to every year.