Jessica and Michael 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 JESSICA HOGAN
Jessica has been a strategic planning, business development and marketing professional for 20 years across a wide range of organizations and brand. After 13 years of volunteering for the organization she became Chief Operating Officer at fellow nonprofit, Greenhouse Scholars, cultivating leaders to change low-income families and communities. Born and raised in Borger, Texas -- a little town in the panhandle full of oil, mesquite trees, old tales and good folks, Jessica’s life motto is “go all in, whatever you do”. A wife and mother of two kids, she is a fan of cooking for others, a lover of all things outside in the sun, enjoys good tequila and finding big and small ways to make life more interesting. Her motto and desire to make life interesting made her a great candidate for Dancing with Boulder Stars and she quickly said yes when asked to participate by her close friend and YWCA Board Member, Amber Hickory.
Jessica has always wanted to learn how to dance and this was her opportunity to check a bucket list item while supporting a great cause at the same time. Years ago, she helped a single mom in the area find child care support and was so overwhelmed with the generosity, love, and helpfulness of the staff at Children’s Alley. Jessica is drawn to both parts of the YWCA mission adding that supporting women benefits the entire community and a world of equals is one we should all strive for. www.greenhousescholars.org
ABOUT MICHAEL STEWART
Michael Stewart has taught ballroom dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studio for over ten years. He is an associate gold certified instructor and has won numerous top student and top teacher awards. He personal motto is “you’re never ready, it’s your turn”. Originally from Arizona, when Michael is not dancing, he keeps himself busy with school, bike riding and Colorado sight-seeing.
This is Michael's first time competing in Dancing with Boulder Stars. He knew nothing about the YWCA but jumped at the chance to participate when he learned of the mission. Michael believes the world needs more organizations like the YWCA that bring people together considering all of the current divisiveness. He hopes to raise a lot of money for the YWCA but also looks forward to the comradery that comes with the competition.