cast & judges

Cast your vote by clicking on the vote now button beside the dancer you would like your vote to count towards. Each vote costs $20 and is a direct donation to the Fort McMurray SPCA. You can vote as many times as you like and for as many dancers as you like. The couple who receives the most votes (raises the most money for the Fort McMurray SPCA) will be awarded The People's Choice Award presented by Fort McKay Group of Companies.

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Dancing with the Stars Wood Buffalo 2014 Cast

Celebrity Couple #1
Tim Reid
Tim Reid
Chief Executive Officer , Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo


Tim Reid is a team-focused leader that brings an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to the recreation industry. Tim's professionalism, dedication to customer service, and passion for developing industry leaders has allowed him to foster the growth of two premium recreation facilities in Canada - with many more to come. Recognized nationally and provincially for his accomplishments, Tim was recently named as one of Alberta's Top 50 Most Influential individuals in 2013 by Alberta Venture Magazine and one of Your McMurray Magazine's Top 20 Influencers of 2013 in the Wood Buffalo region.

Tim currently acts as Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC), an entity developed to deliver excellence in sport, recreation, and event experiences across the Wood Buffalo region. Included in this mandate is the operation of MacDonald Island Park, Canada's largest community recreation and events experience and home to the $181-million Suncor Community Leisure Centre. Tim led the commissioning and opening of this premier facility and the recruitment of over 350 team members that form the dynamic "ONE Team" while supporting the community by sitting on the Board of Directors at Fort McMurray Tourism and Leadership Wood Buffalo. In his role as CEO of the RRC, Tim will oversee the delivery of sport, recreation, and events at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, the $127-million Shell Place (scheduled to open in 2015), Miskanaw Golf Club, the Anzac Community Recreation Centre (scheduled to open in 2014), Archie Simpson Aquatic Centre Expansion in Fort Chipewyan (under construction), the proposed Northside Community Recreation Centre in Fort McMurray and the proposed Conklin Community Recreation Centre.

Tim was co-chair of the 2010 Northern Classic, Canada's first ever outdoor Junior hockey game, and oversaw CanadaROCKS 2011, which brought KISS to Fort McMurray for the largest concert in Wood Buffalo history. In 2013, the Suncor Community Leisure Centre hosted the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships, and in 2014 will host the National presented by Syncrude, a Grand Slam of Curling event. Tim also led the initiative to develop Shell Place, a community engagement-driven complement to the Suncor Community Leisure Centre that will include SMS Equipment Stadium, a baseball/softball tournament centre, and several other amenities that will create new opportunities for the residents of the Wood Buffalo region when it opens in 2015. One of these new opportunities will be the Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands, a four-day community celebration that will deliver the most Northern game in the 101-year history of the CFL when the Edmonton Eskimos host the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a pre-season game on June 13, 2015.

Prior to his tenure as CEO of the RRC, Tim led the Centennial Centre in Bonnyville, Alberta, and was involved in the opening of the Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre at Saint Francis Xavier University, his alma mater, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Tim resides in the Timberlea neighborhood of Fort McMurray with his wife, Nathalie and young sons Liam and Eli.

Kelli Stewart
Kelli Stewart
Professional Dancer, Dance Instructor, MacDonald Island Dance Academy


Kelli is very excited and humbled to be asked back to take part in such creative and important fundraiser that raises money for an amazing cause, but also brings awareness to the animals in need of loving homes.

Not such a newbie to Fort Mac this time round, Kelli has planted her roots in this magical town and has really made her mark! She's not only dancing this year for Ziggy but for all cats anddddddd dogs! That's right Kelli has a new member of her family, Mr. Bates, her very cuddly and handsome Italian greyhound who is quite the dancer himself!

Kelli began her dance training in Vancouver, Canada at the young age of two. She has been thoroughly trained in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip hop and Musical theatre for the past 20+ years. Kelli has also had training with various vocal teachers and acting coaches around the world. She has been awarded numerous scholarships that have taken her around North America to places such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. A diverse performer, she has performed professionally on stage, in film and television, music videos, and has traveled internationally.

Kelli's credits include training with Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Circle in the Square Theatre School and also in New York and Ryerson University in Toronto. She then began working with Jean Ann Ryan Productions, a company based out of Miami, on various cruise ships such as the M/S Norwegian Crown, touring around numerous countries. Kelli has taught all over Canada and in the Bronx, NY. She has earned various choreography awards in Dance Festivals, has performed in many productions such as The Sound of Music, A Chorus Line, The Music Man and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few.

Mix Kelli's insane passion for dance and her LOVE for cats together and you got a recipe for something pretty special! Kelli is over the moon about performing in this year's DWTSWB.

Celebrity Couple #2
Christina Traverse
Christina Traverse
Celebrity Dancer, Realtor, Sutton Group Fort McMurray


Christina Traverse is currently employed at Sutton Group Fort McMurray as a Realtor. Some of her community involvement include; Chair of the Justin Slade Youth Foundation which she has been involved with as a volunteer since it started and has sat on the board for the last 3 years, SPCA - sat on board of directors for 2 years and still volunteers when she can, currently starting a local organization to help sick and disabled children and their families.

When it comes to pets, Christina has a long list: at home she has a cat who is out to kill her (like a typical cat). His name is Pumba and he thinks he is a dog. He even sits and gives a paw! Her childhood dog, Cheyenne, is a German Shepherd who recently turned 13 years old. Her partner in crime, Flick, is a 5 year old Australian Shepherd. Peanut is her 6 year old Chihuahua, she might be small but she's the boss of the house. Then there is Kane the "pretty curly tail", a 9 year old Siberian Husky. Two horses, Oliver and Jack, who reside at the Clearwater Horse Club.

Oh, and she also has 30 sled dogs! They are all Alaskan huskies, a breed created to travel hundreds of miles in winter conditions. Dog sled racing is her biggest hobby, she travels all over Canada and the US to participate in races. The last one she attended was the Yukon Quest. She enjoys anything to do with the outdoors or animals! Camping, fishing, hiking, or just hanging out at the barn with the horses. She trained Flick to compete in Agility competitions which is an awesome way to spend time with your dog!

Christina also enjoys volunteering for our local non-profit organizations whenever she can. She was born and raised here in Fort McMurray, since she was kid she would bring home stray animals telling her mom they needed our help. Throughout the years they ended up keeping a few of the strays that she found and they quickly became part of their family. Her mom would warn her - "DO NOT BRING HOME ANYMORE ANIMALS!!!! You can't save them all!" She was well aware that she couldn't save them all, but if she could make a difference in one animal's life then she was quite happy. Then she started helping out at the Fort McMurray SPCA and her passion for helping animals grew stronger and stronger.

She is learning how to dance, most likely making a fool of herself, to support the SPCA. By raising money for the shelter, she is raising money for the animals who reside in the shelter and the future animals of the SPCA. She's not trying to save them all, but she will try to save as many as she can!

Kevin Samuels
Kevin Samuels
Dance Instructor, Student, Keyano College


Kevin was born & raised in Toronto, Ontario. He moved to Fort McMurray when he was 15 years old with his mother who he currently resides with. He graduated from Fort McMurray Composite High School in 2011 and is currently enrolled in his 2nd year of the Physical Education Program at Keyano College as a full time student. He aspires to become a physical therapist and a personal trainer! Kevin's interests include playing sports and being active in the gym, he loves track and field as well as football. He is a member of the Fort McMurray Monarchs Football Club. He also enjoys gaming! He currently doesn't own any pets, but he used to have a parrot, Bailey, back in Toronto who has a new home due to the move to Fort McMurray. Kevin agreed to participate in Dancing with the Stars because he is a huge animal lover, and has always had an interest in dance - especially with his friends in Toronto with different styles of dance. His dance experience has never brought him to a serious environment like DWTSWB, but he is eager to perform at the event and support such a great cause.

Celebrity Couple #3
Theresa Wells
Theresa Wells
Celebrity Dancer, Communications Coordinator, MacDonald Island

Theresa Wells is the author of the popular McMurray Musings blog, which she juggles with freelance writing, a position as the Communications Coordinator at the Regional Recreation Corporation, being a mom to 14-year old daughter and partner-in-crime Sam, and caring for a menagerie of pets that seem to have found their way into her home and decided to stay for the long haul. Along for the daily ride through life are Cassie, the "good thing she is cute" Irish Terrier, Sirius Black the mischievous cat, and ferrets Abu (the fat one), Zazzles (the OCD one), and River (the cuddly one).

Having been in Fort McMurray for twelve years, Theresa has become actively involved in parent councils, volunteer organizations, and politics. Serving as secretary on various parent councils over the years as well as communications manager for a provincial election candidate, she has used her dubious writing skills to promote whatever cause that has caught her attention. Having grown up in Saskatoon and after spending her twenties in Toronto, Theresa has found Fort McMurray to be her true home.

With a recent activity list that includes being a presenter at TEDx Fort McMurray 2013, serving as a guest blogger at Huffington Post Alberta and never turning down an interview request, Theresa has done her best to serve her community through her advocacy for making Fort McMurray a better place for all; to live, work and play.

When Theresa was approached to participate as a guest dancer, she was hesitant due to her less than stellar dancing skills, but decided to join the fun because the Fort McMurray SPCA is very close to her heart for many reasons, not the least of which being two of the pets which she and Sam cherish, have found their way to them through the SPCA. The beloved rascal Sirius Black Cat, who has found his own fame through blog posts, newspaper columns, Instagram and a Twitter account, was found in the SPCA Cat Room, where he conned his way into their hearts by pretending he likes to cuddle. What he kept hidden is that far from being the class cuddler, he is the class clown, and is the cat most likely to break things, climb the drapes, and get stuck in the refrigerator. Little River the ferret was also an SPCA adoptee, and quickly weaseled her way into the hearts of both her fellow ferrets and her adoring human companions.

For these reasons and many more Theresa decided to put aside her fears, buy some dancing shoes and work towards raising some money for the SPCA, an organization that celebrates and fosters the human-animal bond that she has treasured her entire life.

Dustin Young
Dustin Young
Dance Instructor, Student, Keyano College


Dustin Young is a professional actor, and singer, and Keyano Theatre veteran, having performed in hit shows such as, All Shook Up, CHICAGO, The Farnsworth Invention and Hometown the Musical.

Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Dustin took to the stage at the age of 16 after being put in drama class as punishment for bad behavior in high school - little did that high school know that they just molded the greatest star known to man.

Quickly after graduating high school Dustin enrolled at Keyano College, in hopes to further more progress as the world's greatest actor ( of all time ) and receive huge movie contracts and work with Hugh Jackman.

Shortly after enrolling into college Dustin received the role as an ensemble member for the show "All Shook Up" which blew up Dustin's career. Then afterwards came CHICAGO, Farnsworth Invention, and then Hometown the Musical. Unable to handle the fame Dustin moved to a secluded island in the Caribbean, so that he would no longer be contacted by huge directors such as Michael Bay, Peter Jackson, and James Cameron.

After many years of being secluded Dustin came back to Fort McMurray after a bottle washed up on the shores of his island that told the tale of a charity event in which dancers alike could show off their skills and raise money for the SPCA whilst performing.

Dustin Young's heroic return will be legendary, and he cannot wait to perform in Dancing with the Stars Wood Buffalo.

Celebrity Couple #4
Clarence Buchanan
Clarence Buchanan
Celebrity Dancer, Executive Chef at the Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre


Clarence Buchanan is the Executive Chef at the Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre. He grew up on a farm in Saint Ann's Bay, Cape Breton, so he always had pets in his life - including ducks, dogs and even a horse.

Clarence enjoys being involved in this community through several outlets such as the Food Bank, Kids Forever and YMM Airport, just to name a few. He has been in Fort McMurray for 7 years, and he enjoys anything to do with cooking and being outdoors. He attended Culinary Schools in Dartmouth at I.W. Akeley College where he received his culinary degree, and has worked in Toronto as a sous chef at the Royal York. Some noteworthy achievements include a Gold Medal for best Caribbean Main Course, Bronze for Appetizer, and a Silver Medal for Nova Scotia Culinary team.

Clarence wouldn't consider himself much of a dancer, with moves like the running man, sprinkler, and shopping cart - but he is excited to begin the Dancing with the Stars process because he has a huge respect for each animal's personality and how smart and unprejudiced they are, and believes it's a shame we couldn't learn more of this from them.

Leticia Klicpera
Leticia Klicpera
Professional Dancer, Dance Instructor, Keyano Dance Conservatory


Leticia's passion for dance began at the early age of 4. Her studies began at her local dance studio where she grew up in Maple Ridge, BC. Starting out with jazz and tap it instantly became evident to her family that Leticia was a natural performer. As years went by she started taking on different styles of dance including ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. She then moved up to competing when she was 8 and even got selected to be apart of the Junior Dance Team for the Vancouver Grizzles basketball team.

As years went by Leticia started competing in solos and duos and won many 1st place awards and scholarships. Coming into her mid teens she decided to audition for the Northwest Dance Project, competitive dance team in Abbotsford, BC. Leticia made the team and got the opportunity to travel, compete, and take classes from many well known choreographers. Traveling to New York and taking workshops at Broadway Dance Center was a huge highlight while being apart the company. Being in the Big Apple really brought out her love for Musical Theatre and her strong belief that every movement should tell a story while dancing.

In high school is where Leticia discovered her passion for teaching; she got the opportunity to be lead choreographer for her School Dance Program and took home Best Choreographer awards each year. Leticia believes that the only thing better then having your own love and passion for the art, is the fact that you can pass that love on to others and watch them grow.

After high school Leticia continued to enhance her skills professionally by taking classes in all genres at local dance studios, Harbour Dance Center in Vancouver, BC and continued to attend different dance conventions. She also performed with Elevate Dance Crew, a unique group of inspired dancers who love to perform and wanted the opportunity to be apart of a dance family at a professional level. Leticia has had the privileged to train with many well known choreographers including Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Travis Wall, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, and lots cast members from So You Think You Can Dance, to name a few.

Leticia is excited that her journey has lead her to Fort McMurray, AB where she has lived for 7 months now. She is happy to be apart of such a unique city and dance community. She has found tremendous joy as a Dance Instructor within the Keyano Conservatory as a Hip Hop, Tap, and Competitive Dance Instructor. She also is a Dance Instructor with Thickwood Heights Elementary School, as they venture through their first year as an Arts Focused School. She has found a huge passion helping her students develop the technical capacity to create, perform, self-express, and self-motivate. Leticia believes in living a fit and active lifestyle and loves to workout at her local gym at the YMCA in her free time. After learning about Dancing with the Stars Wood Buffalo and what it was all about, Leticia knew she has to be apart of this awesome event. It involved everything she loves, healthy competition, performing, and helping our beloved animals.

Celebrity Couple #5
Andrew Boutilier
Andrew Boutilier
Celebrity Dancer, Site Director, CEDA Group


Although a long-time resident of Fort McMurray (35+ years) , Andrew just recently moved back to Fort McMurray with his wife Tracy (Emergency Nurse at our local hospital), his son Jack (4), daughter Katherine (2), and a chocolate lab named Dawson.

Originally from Cape Breton and born in Glace Bay, Andrew moved across Canada to Fort McMurray with his family with dreams for a better future - a move he says was scary at the time but proved to be the best decision they made as a family.

Andrew's hobbies include golf, hockey, and enjoying local concerts and events. Though anyone who knows Andrew knows that hockey is more than just a hobby for him - he loves the game and has been involved with Minor Hockey for many years - playing rep hockey at all levels. Many would also recognize Andrew for his involvement with the The Fort McMurray Oil Barons as coach, color commentator and President. Andrew also co-chaired the first Junior outdoor game in Canada.

Currently employed at CEDA Group, Andrew's career path has included working at Syncrude, Suncor and as a local realtor with REMAX Fort McMurray. Andrew was named on of Fort McMurray's Top 40 under 40 by the Fort McMurray Connect.

Andrew's earliest memories of visiting the SPCA are from when he was a kid and he accompanied his father to the dump (former location of the FMSPCA). Needless to say that Andrew was extremely happy when the shelter was moved to their home in Gregoire. Recognizing that the much over capacitated shelter has once again outgrown its current resources, he's truly honoured to be involved in this important fundraiser that supports the SPCA.

Andrew loves animals and believes the SPCA brings much comfort to so many animals in need of good home, which is why he agreed to dance, despite his lack of experience and his insistence his dance moves are less than graceful and probably a little funny looking.

"Let's get dancing and raise some money for such a great cause!" says Andrew.

Amy Howden
Amy Howden
Professional Dancer, Dance Instructor, Keyano Dance Conservatory


Amy Howden was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., moving to Fort McMurray in June 2011. She currently works as a Dance Instructor for Keyano College and has been there the last two years. Amy has a total of 7 pets altogether (not including her husband), which includes 3 large dogs, 2 ferrets and 2 piranhas. She recently became certified as a Veterinary Assistant and has also worked as a Zookeeper in the past, caring for everything from Tarantulas, to 8 foot long American Alligators, and two 16 foot Pythons!

Amy has always loved animals and last year started a "Push ups with Pups" program, an outdoor fitness class you take with your dog! Helping the SPCA to raise funds in order to continue what they do is a no-brainer to Amy and thus, for the second year in a row, she has returned as a professional dancer to Dancing with the Stars WB.

As a dancer, Amy has been performing since age 6, and competed since age 14. She grew up dancing for elementary schools, parades, festivals, outdoor events and more, and has well rounded experience in performing, acting, choreographing and teaching. In 2012 she became the first title holder of Mrs. Wood Buffalo in the city's first beauty pageant, as well as Ms. Congeniality. And if you loved Gangnam Style, you must have seen Keyano College's remake which included both dancing and choreography by Amy.

When Amy isn't dancing, she enjoys scuba diving, riding her motorcycle, rock climbing, bungee jumping and her most recent hobby, knife throwing. On top of all this, she has also added Ghost Hunter to her resume after completing a certification course. Her resume now includes dance instructor, zookeeper, veterinary assistant, personal trainer, ghost hunter, photographer and government (can't tell you what ;) - it's top secret). Don't get in this competitors way, because you never know what she will have up her sleeve.

Celebrity Couple #6
Ian Dirom
Ian Dirom
Celebrity Dancer, Semi-Retired, Long time Resident.


Ian Dirom is a semi-retired business owner and long-time resident of Fort McMurray. He was born in Scotland and is a graduate of the Dundee School of Architecture and Planning. Ian worked for the Municipality in engineering and public works, planning and development, and technical services. He is the proud owner of two adorable multi-poo's, Pudgie and Snuggles. Ian believes that pets give us so much joy, which is why it is important to have a place like the SPCA to protect and rehabilitate animals in our region. He thinks it's sad that there is a need for such a shelter, but says he is thankful that he has this opportunity to support it and help animals in the community.

Kennedy Guibeau
Kennedy Guibeau
Professional Dancer, Dance Instructor, Keyano Dance Conservatory


Kennedy Guilbeau is 19 years old, and was born and raised in Fort McMurray. She has seen her community as well as the dance world grow and change! She is currently enrolled in her 2nd year of the Bachelor of Education Program at Keyano College, where she also teaches dance.

Kennedy has two dogs, Molly and Marlo, as well as two bearded dragons, Sandy and Ozzy - all who keep her company after a long day as a busy student. She loves to dance, her favorite genres being ballet and jazz, although contemporary is high on the list. Her love for dance has grown drastically since she started at the tender age of 3, giving her opportunities to dance in many places throughout Canada and other countries. Her favorite place to dance was at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School of Canada, which is where she was swept off her feet and began an ever growing love for ballet. Needless to say, Kennedy loves dance and entertaining, being on stage is her home and comfort zone for as long as she can remember.

Celebrity Couple #7
Andrew Wilcox
Andrew Wilcox
Celebrity Dancer, Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host, 100.5 Cruz FM


Andrew Wilcox is the afternoon host on Fort McMurray's newest radio station, 100.5 Cruz FM. He's as new to Fort Mac as Cruz, but is very proud to have been born and spent most of his life in Alberta, living and working everywhere from Hanna, to Edmonton, to Grande Prairie.

He loves being able to inform the community of what's going on locally and in the world while playing great music. In the past he has been involved with many charities, including Toys for Tots in Medicine Hat and The Youth Emergency Shelter in Edmonton. No matter what he does in life, receiving Big Brother of the year 2013 from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Grande Prairie will always be one of his greatest accomplishments. He hopes to get more and more involved in the community of Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region.

His hobbies are Stand-Up Paddle boarding and listening to too much music.

That's the big stuff about Andrew. "I'm stoked to be a part of DWTSWB, here’s hoping I don't fall!" he says.

Melinda Stepanowich
Melinda Stepanowich
Professional Dancer, Dance Instructor, Generation Dance Studio


Melinda is a true Mcmurray Girl! She was born and raised and began her dance training at Generation Dance studio.

At the age of fifteen Melinda was one of two Canadians chosen out of hundreds of dancers from the United States to take part in a six week US National Tour with Hoctor's Dance Caravan. At seventeen, Melinda moved to Vancouver where she became a member of The Source Dance Company, under the direction of Joanne Pesusich. She has performed in such shows as: "Zig or Zag", "The Choice is Yours", "Scratch That", "Grease", "Fashion Music Arts Awards" and "For the Love of it". She has won and received numerous awards and scholarships for her dance and choreography abilities.

Melinda is also a playwright, whose play "Rez In The City" has been showcased at Native Earths Performing Arts Wessageechak Theatre festival in Toronto; along with Cross Currents at Factory Theatre in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Toronto Media and Film College and has worked as a Producer Trainee on Season 1 & 2 of "BLACKSTONE." Melinda is so excited to be a part of this year's event and is hoping to make her Chihuahuas Peanut & Olive Proud!

Celebrity Couple #8
Jason Vaughan
Jason Vaughan
Head Professional - Fort McMurray Golf Club


Jason has currently been the Head Professional at the Fort McMurray Golf Club for the last 6 seasons and has been at the club for the last 8 years. The Fort McMurray Golf Club is a semi private club that is located in the beautiful river valley of Wood Buffalo, one of the premier events the club hosts is the Syncrude Boreal Open which is a tour stop on the PGA tour of Canada. The club has hosted this event for the last three seasons and will continue to be proud hosts for the next three years. Jason has represented the club as Host Professional in the Syncrude Boreal open the last three seasons and although not taking the first place cheque home was a great representative for the club. Jason also participates in many sports and currently plays in the squash league in town and is an activ Tennis player.

Jason grew up in a small town in Eastern Alberta named Provost, although the town was small they had the essentials for any athletic young lad. Hockey in the winter, golf in the summer and two great parents that toured around the country side allowing him to play with all the big city kids. Jason also has a younger brother and sister, his sister Karla works in Fort McMurray as a grade two teacher and his Brother Ryan is the Head Professional at the Palm Springs Golf Course in Cold Lake.

After working for 6 seasons at Jagare Ridge Golf Course in Edmonton, Jason's good friend and current General Manager at the Fort McMurray Golf Club convinced him that Fort McMurray Club was a place that he needed to be, so without much thinking and never being up north before, Jason packed up his bags and admits it has been one of the best decisions he has ever made.

Jason studied Golf Course Management at the Lethbridge College which he obtained his Diploma in Business and in Golf Course Management. In Lethbridge, Jason qualified for the golf team all three season and represented the Lethbridge College Kodiaks across western Canada in all ACAC events.

Although being an athletic individual, Jason's dance skills are far from the big stage. Jason has shown off his skills at the local pub of Paddy's on a Saturday evening but does it really count when nobody remembers?

The community of Fort McMurray is always known as such a giving and supportive community and this is one way that he feels he can give back to the community. Also, more importantly, the SPCA is a great cause, and although not having any pets of his own, the Fort McMurray Golf Superindent (Jeff Hacior) has one very famous dog named Jasper that is as much as part of the course as everyone there.

Angel Jutzi
Angel Jutzi
Professional Dancer, Dance Instructor, Assistant Manager, Oranj Fitness Fort McMurray


Angel moved to Fort McMurray earlier this year with her charming sidekick, Tanqueray, her four year old Boston Terrier. Tanqueray can often be seen in studio alongside Angel, "rehearsal directing." She is quite the little mascot! Angel fell in love with this community while working here in Fort McMurray at oranj fitness for three weeks last fall, and is excited to be back at oranj as the new assistant manager.

Angel began jazz and tap lessons at the age of three and quickly showed a talent for ballet. At age ten, Angel was accepted into the full time program with the National Ballet School in Toronto, where she spent the next four years training in various style of ballet, modern and contemporary dance. At age fourteen, a curiousity to discover more with her dancing led Angel back to the studio where it all began. She continued her studies in ballet while focusing more on hip hop, jazz and tap. Angel was awarded the "Future Star Award," by Dance Spirit Magazine in 2000 at an International competition in Atlantic City, and was honoured with the "Nesta Toumine Memorial Award," in 2001 for excellence in the Russian style of ballet.

After a year at Ryerson University in the Dance Program, Angel decided to focus her training strictly on dance and was accepted into Ballet British Columbia's Mentorship Program in 2003. Upon completion of the program, Angel was offered a full time contract with Ballet Kelowna, where she spent the following four years performing and touring with the company throughout BC and Alberta. In 2009, Angel took on a contract with MOVE: the company, in Vancouver and continued her touring throughout Canada and as far as Thailand. Angel has been dancing independently as well since 2009, and has performed for many corporate and cultural events throughout BC. Angel founded her own dance company in Kelowna in February 2013, Zebra Eyes Contemporary Dance, and has toured across the country to Saskatchewan along with many performances throughout the Okanagan.

As an instructor, Angel has been teaching children and adults in a wide variety of styles, for 15 years. Angel views teaching as an amazing opportunity to learn, and there is never a day you won't find Angel dancing! Angel has been instructing with oranj fitness for the past five years in Kelowna, and is excited to now be a part of the oranj team here in Fort McMurray.

Angel's areas of expertise are ballet, contemporary and jazz, and she has trained extensively in hip hop, modern, and latin ballroom as well. Angel is thrilled to be a part of DWTSWB this year, and is looking forward to pulling all her skills together for this event. Angel looks forward to seeing you all on the dance floor!

Celebrity Judges

Celebrity Judge #1
Terrie Noble
Terrie Noble
REALTOR for Sutton Group, Fort McMurray: "Team Noble."


Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Terrie came to Fort McMurray fourteen years ago and has never looked backed. Before the big career change of becoming a realtor and entrepreneur, Terrie Noble spent 22 years working as a construction planner for several projects including; Canadian Navy Frigates, Oil Platforms and Refineries, which enabled her to work her way locally to Syncrude Canada and Suncor Energy.

Today, she, along with her husband Glen Noble, have collaborated their skills and talents to form one ultimate team of REALTORS for Sutton Group, Fort McMurray: "Team Noble." Terrie just recently announced the launch of her new home staging consulting service, Staging By Terrie. She feels this is one way of giving back to the place she now calls home. Though, she does annual visits back to New Brunswick to see family, friends and get her fill of the ocean air; she loves Fort McMurray. And being a part of the community is something she feels strongly about. From delivering hot meals with the Meals on Wheels program to being a Snow Angel, Terrie pours her heart into it all. She is actively involved with the Oilsands Rotary Music Festival and basically any other group that reaches out to her.

As a self-professed animal lover, Terrie has always had a cat or dog in her life and up until she met Glen, she had two cats: Cujo and Salem. Unfortunately, Glen has animal allergies, so she now gets her animal fill by playing with friends and neighbours' cats and her clients' animals. And she is daily feeding the birds in her back yard and the occasional deer that come to her fence. Some even call her Fort McMurray's very own Snow White.

Terrie has a special place in her heart for the SPCA of Fort McMurray. Through personal efforts and with the international woman's group Xi Alpha Xi, she donates by giving recycling bottles and cash donations.

"I have always believed in the work that the SPCA does and was able to experience it first hand when I found the next door neighbour's cat that was left behind when they moved. I took the poor stray to the SPCA," she shares. "The cat had turned fairly wild by the time I was able to catch him, but I couldn't stand the thought of him trying to survive a winter with no shelter. When I took him in, the SPCA informed me that they have a program for feral cats, where they give them to farmers looking for good barn cats. I felt a lot better about the future of that cat."

When asked to be one of the judges for the Dancing with the Stars Wood Buffalo (DWTSWB), she was beyond excited. "I had attended the first DWTSWB and had such an awesome time that I really wanted to be a part of the whole experience and be able to raise some much needed funds for the SPCA, so keep voting for your favourite dancer."

Celebrity Judge #2
Tara Clarke
Tara Clarke
Executive Director, Fort McMurray SPCA


Tara Clarke was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She is the eldest of four children and the only girl. Family means everything to Tara, she is very close with her parents and considers her brothers David, Jonathan and Daniel her best friends.

Tara attended the Ontario College of Art and Design where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She spent much of her twenties volunteering with non-profit organizations both in Canada and abroad as well as travelling extensively through India, Eastern Europe and North America. Tara has resided in Northern Alberta since October 2010 and has worked for the Fort McMurray SPCA since then, and now currently acting as the Executive Director.

To say Tara is an animal lover would be an understatement. She has many fur babies; Stella, Izzy, Margie, Ben, Lightening, Midnight and Angel, all of the which she loves and cherishes dearly. She is passionate about animal welfare, the social profit sector, education, her community and the arts. She also finds time somewhere to be a member of the newly formed Fort McMurray Youth Justice Committee and a cohort in the current Leadership Wood Buffalo program.

Despite not having an ounce of rhythm as a child, she took many tap and jazz classes and enjoyed performing dance shows in her backyard for my family and friends.

Tara is honored to be a part of this event and is grateful to the many volunteers, specifically the dancers, who have agreed to donate their time and talent to raising money for the SPCA and helping her furry friends.

Celebrity Judge #3
Roy Williams
Roy Williams
Stantec, Senior Associate & Office Manager

Roy Williams has lived in Fort McMurray since the early eighties, after moving from his home town of Deer Lake, NL. He and his wife, Gale, share their home with their cat, Lucky, who they happily adopted from the SPCA. Roy loves to travel, play golf and is passionate about spending time with family and friends here in Fort McMurray.

He has over 25 year's experience as a Project Manager and currently provides his extensive skill set to the Fort McMurray Stantec office as Senior Associate and Office Manager. He has managed the schedules and budgets of several large scale projects simultaneously, and has brought them in under budget and on schedule. Roy not only has a background in Project Management, but also Process Engineering, Journeyman Carpentry, Facilities Management and Building Operations.

Roy maintains an active role in the community and has been a member of various boards, committees and events, such as:

  • 2006: Member of the Assessment Review Board for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
  • 2006-2009: Member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
  • 2009: A Founding Member of the Northern Classic planning team, which was the first outdoor junior hockey game held in Canada.
  • 2009: Assumed the role of Director for Friends of the Game, which raised over 1 million dollars within 9 weeks.
  • 2009-2010: Member of the Board of Directors for the Fort McMurray-Athabasca Conservative Association.
  • 2010-2011: Chair of the Board of Directors for the Fort McMurray-Athabasca Conservative Association.
Roy is currently also a member of the PC Association of Alberta and Conservative Association of Canada.

Roy also has a rich background with the Fort McMurray Airport Authority having been a member as well as Vice Chair of the Fort McMurray Regional Airport Commission, Chair of the CEO Search Committee for the Fort McMurray Regional Airport Commission, Board Member of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority and Chair of Strategic & Risk Management Committee for the Fort McMurray Airport Authority. Roy is currently Chair of the Fund Raising Committee for the YMM Terminal Gala.

Roy is truly honored to have been asked to be a judge and is very much looking forward to this year's event.

Celebrity Judge #4
Nola Antony
Nola Antony
Triple Threat Dance Academy


Nola Antony has been teaching and performing in many styles of dance for over 25 years. Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta she has been trained under R.A.D. , A.D.A.P.T. , Al Gilbert and Acrobatic Arts syllabus. Nola has taught jazz, tap, ballet (pointe), lyrical, contemporary and musical theatre at both recreational and competitive levels and her students have won numerous high-score and choreography awards. She is a certified dance teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) as well as Module One certified with Acrobatic Arts and with Professional Adjudication Alliance (P.A.A.). Nola has also obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

She is currently teaching the dance curriculum for the Triple Threat Academy in Fort McMurray, AB as well as doing workshops and dance intensives. Nola is an executive on the board of the Arts Council Wood Buffalo.

Nola has lived in Fort McMurray for 11 years with her husband Jed who is a firefighter for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Their family consists of 2 daughters, Kelti age 5 and Tayen age 3 and Samma a 14 year old Chow⁄Retriever Cross.

Recently Nola has been adjudicating for dance competitions across Canada. She has a passion for performance, teaching and technique. Nola is delighted to be apart of Dancing With the Stars Wood Buffalo as she loves animals and is excited to be able to help support the SPCA.

Celebrity Judge #5
Ian Allan
Ian Allan
Director Sport & Venues at 2015 Western Canada Summer Games


A longtime resident of Fort McMurray for 33 years, that includes 8 years as Manager of Athletics with the Keyano College Huskies. Ian then began a journey that took him to numerous multi-sport games domestically and abroad.

Before coming back to Fort McMurray Ian was a member of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Organizing Committee and just recently completed a 2.5 year contract with the London 2012 Summer Olympics as the Look of the Games Program and Delivery Project Manager.

Your Hosts

Emcee
Jerry Neville
Jerry Neville
Host/Entertainer


Jerry Neville started in broadcasting at 16 in TV and Radio, but it was back when he was 11 years old that a tour of a radio station brought his love for the medium. Jerry has traveled all over Canada entertaining people, with his singing, jokes and just joie de vie! Since being in Fort McMurray, Jerry has helped out the SPCA in several ways, from donating time, to helping set up events and hosting them. Jerry is also the proud co-owner of Bubble the dog and Steve French his kitty, both are from the SPCA. Jerry loves the community so much that he has joined the team with the Public Affairs dept. at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Don't ask Jerry to dance, you just might get the Funky Chicken!

Host
Tamara Wolfe
Tamara Wolfe
Host, weekdays from 10am to 3pm on 100.5 Cruz FM


Tamara Wolfe, or T-Wolfe as she is better known, has been heard on the Fort McMurray airwaves for over 9 years, and can be heard weekdays from 10am to 3pm on 100.5 Cruz FM. She is an avid supporter of many community organizations and events including sitting on the Board of Directors for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.

Not only does T-Wolfe support the Fort McMurray SPCA in her professional life, she has also starting collecting oversized cats from the shelter. She adopted Hudson almost 3 years ago after falling in love at first sight (with all 18 pounds of him). Her husband told her they were a "one cat household"...then T-Wolfe fell in love with another one of the shelter cats (another 18 pounder). After seeing Hogan on her twitter feed for months she managed to convince hubby that she (and Hudson) NEEDED a new fur-boy in the house.

Hogan had been at the FMSPCA for 538 days before he got his furever home. An older boy with a bit of a weight problem, he may not have been the ideal cat for every household, but he was the purrfect fit for T-Wolfe's family. Best of all...Hudson got a much needed parnter in crime. T-Wolfe now spends most of her time plotting how to convince her husband that a 5 or 6 cat household would be AWESOME.