Inke and Andrew are competing in Dancing with Boulder Stars 2019! Based on the hit TV show, this event features local celebrities who are partnered with professional dancers. The teams undergo an exhilarating rehearsal process which culminates in a live dance competition at the historic Boulder Theater on Wednesday, November 6th.
Fans of the teams vote for their favorite via donations which benefit YWCA Boulder County. The team that raises the most wins the championship! These contributions support essential services in our community, such as emergency drop-in child care, youth empowerment programs, and racial equity programs. For more info on YWCA, please visit www.ywcaboulder.org.
ABOUT INKE BORRET
Originally from the Netherlands where she lived for her first 33 years before moving to Boulder, Inke and her husband made the trek to the US without first securing jobs. Her first jobs in the US included cleaning houses, entering data and even guiding tours at Celestial Seasonings before a temp agency found her a new home at Sterling Rice Group. Now Inke wears many hats at SRG, most recently those of Creative Resource Manager, Art Buyer and Project Manager/Producer.
While Inke might be new to the stage at Dancing with Boulder Stars, she is a veteran attendee of the event. The last three years she has cheered on fellow participating coworkers and after many asks to be the representative dancer from SRG she finally said yes. She has danced her entire life and is excited about creating an original piece with a professional dance partner to showcase on the Boulder Theater stage.
Inke resonates with the mission of the YWCA and believes in the power of education to overcome bigotry. She loves how the Reading to End Racism (RER) program with the YWCA starts this at an early age with elementary school children. When not dancing, you can find Inke camping in the backcountry and cooking. An avid adventurer, when she is not traveling she is either planning her next trip or immersing herself in other worlds through literature.
ABOUT ANDREW WAGNER
Six years ago, Andrew had never stepped foot on a dance floor except the few times he was dragged there at a wedding. With no small effort, his sister convinced him to take salsa lessons; he instantly enjoyed the challenge of it and soon fell in love with the joy of it. He had never experienced an activity with such fantastic highs and so few lows. Now, you can find him teaching West Coast Swing at The Avalon Ballroom on Thursday nights and catch a dance with him at various social dances in the Boulder/Denver area.
Andrew’s greatest passion is empowering people to be the best version of themselves. Dancing has the power to do that, by providing a safe space for creative expression, social interaction, and freedom, all enhanced by music that moves our souls. The YWCA’s mission and Dancing with Boulder Stars are perfect fits for both of his passions. Last year was his first as a pro and he jumped at the chance to do it again. When he isn’t dancing, he develops educational software under the name Learn Brigade.