MEET OUR DANCERS 

Dancers: Miss Danielle Drew & Mr. Glenn Drew

 

Choreographer: Regina Covington

Danielle Drew: Danielle Drew is a senior at Grimsley High School and will be graduating in June. She is a baker at arcBARKS Dog Treat Company and plans to continue advancing her baking talents after high school. Danielle has completed numerous baking courses and her specialty is cookies and cupcakes. Danielle also enjoys traveling around the globe with her family and looking after her dog Izzy who is an un-official “taste-tester” for arcBARKS

Glenn Drew: Danielle’s dance partner is Glenn Drew, CEO and General Counsel at American Hebrew Academy. Mr. Drew also happens to be Danielle’s dad! He has enjoyed working in Miami, Washington D.C. and London prior to moving to Greensboro thirty years ago. Glenn is married to Kelly Drew and has served in community organizations including NCCJ, Habitat for Humanity, Greensboro Jewish Federation and Triad Special Olympics.      

Dancers: Mr. Will Tankersley & Mrs. Jinni Hoggard

Choreographer: Shelly Segal

Will Tankersley: is a graduate of McIver School where he played basketball and served on the student council. He plays Abilities Tennis and has traveled as far as Atlanta to participate in tournaments. Will volunteers on Fridays at Horsefriends therapeutic riding program. He enjoys painting birdhouses and creating holiday pins for friends and familyJ

 

Jinni Hoggard: Jinni is a mother of 3 fabulous adult children.  She is married to a wonderful husband, David.  She enjoys pickleball and tennis.  Jinni was on the board and merchandising chair for Racquets for the Cure.  She has coordinated Abilities Tennis in Greensboro and a Special Olympics Tennis coach since 2011.  She is retired from renovating historic houses.

Dancers: Mr. John Vanderwerff & Mrs. Judy White

Choreographer: Princess Johnson

 

John Vanderwerff: John has been with the Arc of Greensboro's Challenger Baseball league for 24 years. He now is an assistant coach. He has worked for over 17 years with Chick-Fil-A at Friendly center, 26 years with the Special Olympics and is in his third year as an elder at First Presbyterian Church.  John is a Disney collector and an uncle of three nieces.
 

Judy White: Judy is married and mother to two sons and grandmother to five grandsons.  She graduated from UNC. She owned The Tyler White Art Gallery for 15 years.  Judy was a Cotillion Dance teacher for 12 years, where she met her dance partner, John. Their friendship has continued at First Presbyterian Church. She is currently a community volunteer. 

Dancers: Miss Addie Sellars & Mr. Ivan Canada​

Choreographer: Martha Wade Chaires

Addie Sellars: Addie enjoys working at arcBARKS and volunteering at Temple Emanuel Preschool. Her interests include riding horses at HorsePower, Special Olympics swimming, tennis and cheer-leading. She loves eating out with friends, listening to music and being called "Sissy" by her new family. She has an older brother and a sister-in-law whom she adores, a dog named Happy Howard at her mom's house and tons and tons of friends. She is SO EXCITED to be dancing with Ivan Canada in the Dancing With Our Diamonds!  

 

Ivan Canada: Ivan Canada is currently serving as executive director of The National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, and before his recent appointment, he served in a role that was created just for him – Senior Director of Development, Communications and Strategic Partnerships. NCCJ is a human relations organization that promotes understanding and respect among all cultures, races, and religions through advocacy, education, and dialogue. NCCJ also works to build compassionate and just communities free of bias, bigotry, and racism. Prior to joining the NCCJ staff, he worked with Guilford Green Foundation as Executive Director and Director of Special Projects.

Dancers: Mr. Eric Chavis & Mrs. Jessica Mashburn

Choreographer: Kimberly Burgess

Eric Chavis: Eric is a 43 year old and very active in his community.  He is a voice for others and a role model for individuals with I/DD.  Eric has sat on many boards in our state and has spoken at many events in and outside of his community on important disability issues.  He is a past President for the Association of Self-Advocates in Raleigh as well as current council member of the DD Council.

Jessica Mashburn: Jessica was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  Both of her parents are musicians.  Her mother plays guitar & piano, her father is a singer and plays electric & upright bass.  Jessica began to play piano and guitar by ear at an early age and started writing songs as a teenager. She attended UNC-G School of Music and went on to receive a fine arts music degree for piano/vocal performance from Sandhills College where she was a regularly featured vocalist with the college’s big band.  Jessica toured with several top 40 bands as a singer/dancer; performing in popular night clubs & festivals all along the East Coast while in high school/college. She was a member of the popular piano duo, 176 & in 2009 she formed a duo with her life partner Evan Olson called "AM rOdeO". 

     Aside from her collaborations, Jessica plays solo throughout the Triad & beyond at local fine dining restaurants, wine bars, country clubs & at many private parties & weddings. Jessica also is what’s she has come to call an “interactive DJ”. Jessica not only knows how to create a fun, festive & inclusive environment for all who are in attendance, she’ll even help get everyone on the dance floor by dancing too! 

  

Dancers: Mr. Jeff Piegari & Miss Kathleen Duckworth

Choreographer: Kathleen Duckworth

 

Jeff Piegari: Jeff graduated from UNCG’s Beyond Academics course in 2013. He enjoys the opera and music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s along with classical genres. He loves entertaining senior citizens and playing trivia with them. Jeff also entertains adults with disabilities at “After Gateway” in Greensboro. He plays percussion instruments and drums with the Gate City New Horizons Band.

In addition to being the proud uncle of two adorable nieces, Jeff also loves his best friends Jake and Anne from the Peacehaven Community Farm where he lives. He is also an active participant in the Farm’s gardening program. In his free time outside of music, Jeff loves to read biographies, attend various churches and go to the UNCG Speaking Center. Not only is he excited about performing in Dancing with our Diamonds, but he will also be performing in Onstage and Inclusive’s show this June for the fourth year.

Kathleen Duckworth: 

Kathleen Duckworth is not only joining us as a DOD partner, but also serves on the event’s planning committee along with being a choreographer in last year’s DOD event. She began dance at the age of 2, advancing to competing at age 5 and eventually training in New York City before ending her twelve years of dance to pursue other interests.

 

In addition to serving on the DOD planning committee, Kathleen is very heavily involved in volunteering as the coach for the Arc’s Challenger Cheerleading team that cheers for both football and basketball seasons. She’s also participated in several community events that support those with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as The Community Theatre’s Onstage and Inclusive production, Run for Down Syndrome and various other activities. Outside of volunteering, Kathleen works as a Communication and Outreach Specialist for an electric cooperative in the public relations and marketing department.

MEET THE CHOREOGRAPHERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Duckworth

Kathleen Duckworth is not only joining us as a DOD partner, but also serves on the event’s planning committee along with being a choreographer in last year’s DOD event. She began dance at the age of 2, advancing to competing at age 5 and eventually training in New York City before ending her twelve years of dance to pursue other interests.

 

In addition to serving on the DOD planning committee, Kathleen is very heavily involved in volunteering as the coach for the Arc’s Challenger Cheerleading team that cheers for both football and basketball seasons. She’s also participated in several community events that support those with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as The Community Theatre’s Onstage and Inclusive production, Run for Down Syndrome and various other activities. Outside of volunteering, Kathleen works as a Communication and Outreach Specialist for an electric cooperative in the public relations and marketing department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regina Covington:  Regina is the director of Miriam’s Dance Academy, an outreach dance program in Greensboro, NC. She is also an Administrative Assistant at a financial services company and serves on the Board of H.U.U.R.T. non profit organization. Regina has a passion for outreach and community and assist with the mentoring for boys and girls under this organization. This is Regina’s third year choreographing a dance for the Arc of Greensboro’s Dancing on the Diamond event and she is excited to be apart again. Regina is married to Travis Covington and together they have two children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shelley Segal: 

Shelley Stolaroff Segal is a playwright, performer, and essayist living in Greensboro, NC. She was born in Houston, Texas and attended UNC Chapel Hill where she majored in British Literature. She then moved to the UK and did post-graduate work at the University of London. She received her theater training at The Drama Studio London and the CSC Conservatory in New York. She enjoys wearing different artistic hats so long as they don’t interfere with raising her twins, Josh and Jordan, her husband, Jeff, her three cats, and Josh’s service dog.

The family was living in Indiana when Josh was diagnosed with severe autism in 1999. Segal began using her arts background to meet his cognitive challenges. After moving to NC for services she began her autism advocacy by becoming a NC State Representative for Unlocking Autism. In 2004 she produced Outing Your Autistic Child at the Comedy Zone to raise money for her husband’s research.  My Son, her play about autism and race, premiered in NYC in 2010. It was then presented at TEDx East. Local performances of My Son included the International Civil Rights Museum, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and Greenhill Museum’s Art and Dialogue. Segal will give a TED talk about discrimination and empathy at TEDx Greensboro this spring, and it will feature a mash-up of her play and Driving Miss Daisy.

She also loves music and comedy and has produced a series of variety and one-woman shows around the country. Favorite performances in the Triad include creating the character of Barb in the world premiere of Shades of Valor at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem.  Her music has been used in short films and plays, and her jazz instrumental, the New York Pie, was published in conjunction with the Miles Davis Jazz Orchestra. Her most recent musical adventure was composing a piece for piano and tuba for Storyhound Theater’s The Body Project.

International and Off-Broadway credits include the Bloomsbury Theatre in London and the Classic Stage Company in New York. Local work includes the Broach Theatre, CTG, and Open Space Theater. Non-fiction credits include The Washington Post, Blunt Moms, and Autism/Asperger’s Digest. Anthology credits include Voices from the Spectrum, Chicken Soup for the Soul, From Sac Literary Journal, and Multiples Illuminated. The best use of Shelley’s creativity was giving birth to Josh and his twin sister, Jordan-- who proudly works for the Arc while attending college at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Princess Johnson: Princess Johnson is an international dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur and motivator. Her parents always sought out opportunities for her and her siblings to get on stage and use their talents. Princess always seemed to like dance the best, so she took a few lessons as a child, but most of her experience has been in choreography. She has choreographed dances since she was eight years old!

Princess continued to pursue her passion and developed her dance technique training by completing a dance degree at UNCG along with her Business degree as well as an internship with the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, VA. She taught classes at Triple Threat Dancenter in Winston-Salem and High Point and then went on to establish Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet in 2009. Princess has choreographed four original ballets, has taught hundreds of students, and even led a team to bring world renowned ballerina, Misty Copeland to Greensboro, NC. In 2015 she hosted Alicia Graf Mack of Alvin Ailey for 31 choreography project.  In 2017, Princess Johnson created the Dancing Dreamers Curriculum which has grown tremendously.  She had the pleasure of traveling to Nairobi, Kenya is the summer of 2018 to share her love and joy of dance with the children of Kibera and other parts of Kenya.  She is a visionary and truly believes in the power of never losing your momentum.

In her spare time Princess enjoys being the wife of Shane Johnson, an aspiring preacher; taking walks; and reading books to continue to learn how to balance her work and personal life. She also has a desire to help others follow their passion through her consulting business simply titled “THRIVE!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Wade Chaires: Martha studied dance with a concentration in choreography at UNC-G and is the owner of Kinderdance of Guilford County and Board President of the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro.  More importantly, she is mother to four-year-old Javier.  Martha has known and loved Addie since 2006.

Kimberly Burgess: As a child and teen, Kim danced with Candy Brooke Studios & in School.  Growing up and experiencing the trials of life, she fell away from it.  Since age 24,  Kim has picked dance back up.  The Lord has renewed her joy and zeal. Kim has realized we are never too old to go after our hearts desires.  She believes that dance has helped her to arise to true creative freedom.  This freedom has helped her realize her dreams.  Kim currently has a dance Ministry called Kim Burgess Dance Life under Kim Burgess Elements Ministry.  Kim holds Community Events in the community called " Arise to Creative Freedom"  A night around inspiration, empowerment, and entertainment at the Cultural Arts Building.   A certified Liturgical Praise Dancer, Kim has traveled throughout North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Chicago to attend weddings, conferences, workshops and church events.  Her desire is to lead by example and to help others unveil the talents and abilities that our Creator wishes us all to embrace..

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