Dancing with the Stars!


2014 Chocolate and Champagne

Dancing with the Stars


Stephanie Denardo

Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida as the Valedictorian of her graduating class with degrees in Political Science and Telecommunications News. She is excited to begin her professional career as an anchor and one-man-band reporter for TV 20 News. While in school, she reported and anchored for Florida’s 5 WUFT-TV and interned with WSB-TV ABC Atlanta. She has received awards from the Florida Associated Press of Broadcasters, the National Broadcasting Society, the University of Florida College of Journalism, and the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She loves telling everyone’s story and hopes to help move the North Central Florida community forward. If you would like to share story ideas, feel free to send her an email.

In her free time, Stephanie loves to play the piano and guitar, paint, read, hike, hang out with her friends and boyfriend, and play with her two cats whom she considers as her own children.

Douglas de Oliveira – Stephanie Denardo’s Dance Alive Partner

Mr. De Oliveira, a Brazilian dancer, studied Vaganova/Classical Ballet at Nucleo de Danca in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  He studied pas de deux technique with Fernando Maciel and Gorge Teixeira, and male classical technique with Ricardo Salema.  He studied modern and jazz with Sandro Gomes with further classical studies in Rio de Janeiro and at the Bollshoi School in Joinville, Brazil.He was principal dancer with Sesiminas Dance Company from 2010 to 2013 and served as guest principal dancer at Golania Dance Festival Dancaraxa, Dance Festival of Paulinea and Unidance Divinopolis.    His classical repertory includes Nutcracker, Diana and Acteon, Le Corsair, Flames of Paris, Don Quixote, Spring Waters, Raymonda, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee and Grand pas Classic as well as many works by Cristina Helena. Mr. De Oliveira has been awarded the Grand Prix in 2009 and 2010 at ConcursoToute, 1st place Classical Solo, classical Pas de Deux, Free Style Pas de Deux in 2009 and 2010, 1st place in Mostra de Mariana and Curvelo Dance Festival. Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Mary Ann Cofrin

Mary Ann Cofrin was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, the daughter of Samuel P. and Gladys Gracy Harn. She studied at the Florida College for Women (now FSU)

and the Katherine Gibbs School in New York, where she met Dr. Cofrin. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Gainesville and the Alachua County Medical Society Auxiliary. Mary Ann worked with Dr. Sam Proctor, Professor of History at the University of Florida to create an oral history program for Alachua County and was an instrumental and driving force in Gainesville’s Matheson Museum which is dedicated to preserving the history of Alachua County. Mrs. Cofrin and her five children remain dedicated to the future of the Harn Museum, the University of Florida, and the Gainesville community.Mary Ann Cofrin and her husband, for whom the Asian Art Wing is named, have focused their philanthropic efforts on the arts, education, nature preservation and community development. Dr. Cofrin has shared, “Our gift for an Asian Art Wing will continue to make the Harn a place where art inspires and educates people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Walter Angelini  – Mary Ann Cofrin’s Dance Alive Partner

Mr. Kuznetsov graduated from the Kiev State Choreographic School and the International Slavic University Harkov, Faculty of Dance and Pedagogy.    He was a member of the National Opera of the Ukraine, the National Opera of Ukraine and the Croatian National Ballet.  Mr. Kuznetsov made his debut with DANB in Phantom  and perform as ‘Nutcracker Prince’ in DANB’s Nutcracker.

He has danced ‘Prince’, ‘Harlequin’, ‘Russian’ and ‘Spanish’ in Nutcracker, ‘Prince’ and ‘blue Bird” inSleeping Beauty,  ‘Gold Idol’ in Bayadere, ‘Peasant Pas de Deux’ in Giselle and ‘Slave’ in Le Corsaire as well as numerous contemporary roles.  He is married to DANB Principal dancer Julia Ponomareva. Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine

 Kevin Monroe

Kevin Monroe is the Executive Director of Central Florida Operations for Cox Communications. Cox Communications serves more than 200,000 residential and business customers in the Central Florida Region and contributed more than two million dollars in cash and in-kind services to support various charities, non-profits and civic events in the region.  Kevin also oversees local operations and works with area leaders to help identify process improvements and implement solutions for Cox Communications customers.  Kevin is an insightful business executive with a commitment to service excellence complemented by extensive experience in telecommunications, operations and call center management.  Kevin currently serves on several boards in the Central Florida area.  He is a Leadership Gainesville alum and also serves on the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce – Council of Economic Outreach (CEO) and Board of Directors.  Prior to joining Cox Communications, Kevin served as Vice President of Service Delivery for Windstream Communication in Orlando Florida where he was responsible for an organization of over 200 fulltime employees in areas of service delivery, installation, order processing and technical support for businesses customers across five national service hubs.  Kevin has also served as Vice President of Operations with Nuvox Communications and Florida Digital Networks and has spent several years as General Manager of Reservations for Southwest Airlines.  Kevin attended DeVry Institute of Technology’s Electrical Engineering program and he holds a Masters of Business Administration Certification from The University of Notre Dame.


 Julia Ponomareva – Kevin Monroe’s Dance Alive Partner

Ms. Ponomareva is a graduate of Rudolf Nurev Academy in Ufa, Bashkortostan as well as the Kazan State Music Academy, Faculty of Dance Pedagogy and Ballet-Master Degree.  She won the Gold Medal at the first All-Russian and International Delphy Arts Games, Classic Dance Section.  She was a cast member of the National Tatarstan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (2003 to 2012) and the Croatian National Ballet (2011-2012.  Ms. Ponomareva is married to Alexsey Kuznetsov. Ms. Ponomareva was featured as ‘La Carlotta’ in Kim Tuttle’s Phantom and as ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ and ‘Snow Queen’ in DANB’s  Nutcracker. Ms. Ponomareva has danced leading roles in the majority of the world’s most famous ballets, among them Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Carmen, Napoli, La Dame aux Camelias, Jewels, and Spartacus.  Ms. Ponomareva is another Russian who thoroughly enjoys dancing contemporary roles.  Hometown: Kazan, Russia


Charlie McGraw

On Air Personality Wind 92.5 FM

A self made man.  Born and raised in Miami.  As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut but due to a motocross accident that dream did not happen.  I was going nowhere and my mom knew it.  Then one day, a comical TV ad offered radio school.  My mom said “You are so full of @#% you should get paid to talk for a living.”  Off to school and the rest was history.  Started at The Miami Seaquarium as an announcer and then trainer.  After graduation, I was flying for Metro Traffic and worked for a small AM station.  I floated from coast to coast, working in California and Florida.  I lost everything in Hurricane Andrew and moved to North Central Florida.  Radio has given me so much in 30 years.  I am truly blessed.  Love your work and you’ll never work a day in your life.  Why work, when you can be a disc jockey.  Thanks to Rock and Roll and all the great people along the way.

First concert:  Alice Cooper

Best rock moment:  Partying with Tommy Lee and the Crue in LA.

First Album:  The Beatles

Yulia Pivotskaya – Charlie McGraw’s Dance Alive Partner

Born in Moscow, Ms. Pivotskaya graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy and immediately joined the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre.  She performed with the Mikhailovsky Theatre before joining the Croatian National Ballet Theatre as principal. Ms. Pivotskaya danced ‘Odette/Odile’ in Swan Lake, ‘Nikia and Gamzatti’ in La Bayadere, ‘Kitri’ in Don Quixote, ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ in Nutcracker, ‘Myrtha’ in Giselle, ‘Aurora’ in Sleeping Beauty and lead in Le Corsaire, Napoli, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Bolero, Carmen, Carmina Burana and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.

Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Russia


Tony Mancuso, MD

Anthony A. Mancuso, M.D., earned his medical degree at the University of Miami Medical School in 1973. Prior to joining the University of Florida faculty as a professor of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery and a staff neuroradiologist, Dr. Mancuso was on the faculty at both the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Utah.

Dr. Mancuso set up the first clinical and research MRI program in Florida in 1984. He became professor and chair of the UF College of Medicine department of radiology and currently serves as the president of the Florida Group Practice Association.

His academic interests are in disorders of the head and neck, for which he has been continuously listed in The Best Doctors in America and reg; since 1996. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Citation from the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery, the Gold Medal of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology and a 2011 Lifetime Service Medal from the European Society of Head and Neck Radiology. Dr. Mancuso is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and past president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology. Mancuso is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and has been president of the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology.

Gretel Batista -Tony Mancuso’s  Dance Alive Partner

Gretel Batista was born in Cuba, where she began her training at the National Ballet of Cuba, until she moved to the United States with her family in 2005. She continued her training on full scholarships in St. Petersburg, at the Academy of Ballet Arts, and graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts Magnet School as a dance major.

She trained and performed with America’s Ballet School in the last year.

Ms. Batista’s classical repertoire includes Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Diana and Acteon, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris, Flower Festival, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Black Swan, as well as contemporary/contemporary ballet works by Paula Nunez.

Ms. Batista has been awarded several times in the Youth America Grand Prix, semi-finals and New York City Finals and the American Dance Competition, including 1st Place in her contemporary solo. She has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and has been invited to dance in a number of galas as a guest artist.

Ms. Batista loves performing and is comfortable in classical, neo-classical and contemporary works.

Ward Scott

Ward Scott Files Radio Show

Ward Scott, sometimes known as “The Warthog” has been a major force in public service in Alachua County for many years. Ward has freely given a large amount of his time for the betterment of our community.

Retired from the classroom, currently you can hear Ward on the  “The Ward Scott Files,” a live, call-in, conservative talk show on the Voice of North Central Florida Newsradio 980 and 720 from 7:00 AM until 9:00 AM, Monday through Friday.

“I am a teacher by trade”, Ward says. “I approach this radio radio show as I would a classroom. I present interesting material in a way that can be absorbed by the masses and in a manner that will make the audience question it and participate in discussion. Making people think is the way of a teacher. You hear us say, “The truth is out there.” Helping people see the truth is my first goal.”

Ward’s radio career started with “The Ward Scott Files”, a segment of another talk show, created when a member of the community requested and received audio files of informal meetings conducted by the Alachua County Board of Commissioners prior to their public meetings. These recordings were brought to Ward’s attention after a public records requests. Since The Ward Scott Files aired, one long time county commissioner decided not to run again for office, one resigned, a county manager moved on to another job, an investigation was launched  into Florida Sunshine Law violations,  and the “meetings before the meetings” are now televised on the government cable channel. The Ward Scott Files got RESULTS!

Ward Scott received his BA degree in 1966 from the University of Florida and in 1969 he received his master’s in education from UF

  • Community College Representative, Senator Graham’s Amendment 11 Committee, 2002
  • Chair, Weed and Seed Grant Committee, City of Alachua, 2003
  • Chair, Economic Advisory Committee to the City of Alachua, 2006
  • Co-Chair, Greater Alachua Transportation Task Force, 2006
  • Co-Chair, Affordable Housing Committee City of Alachua, 2007
  • Interim City Manager, Archer, Florida, 2009
  • Chair, Rural Concerns Advisory Committee to the Alachua County Commission, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Democratic Candidate, Alachua County Commission, 2004,
  • Republican Candidate, Alachua County Commission, 2008
  • Campaign Manager, Susan Baird, Republican County Commissioner, 2010
  • Campaign Manager, Todd Chase, Republican City of Gainesville Commissioner, 2011


  • Four Term President, Santa Fe Community College Senate, 2000-2004
  • “A Class Like No Other,” Published September 1, 2005
  • President, Community College Faculty Coalition, 2000-2007
  • Finalist, Florida Association of Community Colleges Teacher of the Year, 2007
  • Recipient, Santa Fe College Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009 (see picture)
  • Creator and Editor-in-Chief of Critical Conflicts


Carla Amancio – Ward Scott’s  Dance Alive Partner

Born in Brazil, Ms. Amâncio trained at the Grupo Corpo Ballet School until joining Ballet Cristina Helena where she was featured soloist.  Ms. Amâncio was then invited to join Sesiminas Dance Company where she performed as First Soloist until beginning a freelance career as guest artist.  She stands out in roles in “Esmeralda”, “The Corsaire”, “La Bayadere”, “Coppelia”, “Don Quixote”, and “Diana and Acteon” which she performed in Havana, Cuba at the Closing Gala in 1997. Ms. Amâncio was awarded 1st Place at the III Junior Capezio Festival, Brazil; 1st and 2nd places at the CBDD Unidanca Competition, Brazil; and Finalist at the Concours Internacional de Danse de Paris, France.

Ms. Amancio joined Dance Alive National Ballet in 2008, and quickly rose to the position of Principal Dancer with her beauty, brilliant technique and charismatic stage presence. She is on the faculty of Pofahl Studios, Official School of Dance Alive National Ballet.


Jacqueline Williams, MD

Dr. Jacqueline Williams is a vascular surgery doctor in Gainesville, Florida. She received her medical degree from Allegheny University of the Health Sciences and has been in practice for 31 years.

Andre Valladon – Jacqueline Williams’ Dance Alive Partner

Mr. Valladon, Principal Dancer and Assistant Artistic Director for Dance Alive National Ballet,  studied at Studio de Danças  Cristina Helena in Brazil before joining Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Company.  One year later he became Principal Dancer at Minas Gerais Dance Company.  In 1995 he represented Brazil at the International Dance Competition is Osaka, Japan where he received the Lift Prize and a contract with Jeune Ballet de France.  Mr. Valladon was then invited to join first the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Ballet and then Sesiminas Dance Company as Principal Dancer.  Mr. Valladon has been awarded several Gold Medals, Revelation Prize, Character Dance Revelation Price and Grand Prix at the Joinville International Dance Festival, Brazil; Gold Medal Classic and Contemporary at the Brazilian Dance Council Competition, Brazil; Lift Prize at the International Dance Competition in Japan; Finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and Concours de Danse de Paris, France.  Mr. Valladon has danced the lead roles in all of the great classic ballets and is a descriptive and expressive contemporary dancer. He is technically brilliant, artistically profound, and loved by all audiences.  His favorite role is the challenging role of  Robin Hood in Kim Tuttle’s full length ballet of  the same name.  Hometown: Belo Horizonte – Brazil


Deborah Bowie

Vice President of Chamber Development, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce

Bowie comes to Gainesville from Albany, Georgia, the healthcare and retail hub of southwest Georgia, where she served as Senior Director of Public Policy & Communications with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce since June 2011. In that role, she managed Chamber staff and was responsible for all marketing, communications, public relations and legislative activities.

Prior to that role, Bowie has served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Mayor for the City of Birmingham, Alabama, and Vice President of Community Development at the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to return to my home state and to join a leading chamber of commerce in a community like Gainesville,” said Deborah Bowie. “The incredible strides Gainesville has made in building a strong innovation economy is the stuff chamber executives and economic developers dream of when choosing to be advocates for great communities, and Gainesville already has everything it needs to be a leader in excellence.”

Bowie earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Xavier University of Louisiana and is completing the highest level of certification for chambers of commerce, the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). She has also completed studies at Harvard University for the “Creating Collaborative Solutions” program, an Economic Development certificate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, and was awarded a fellowship in regional sustainability from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Deborah is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Bowie and her husband have four children, including a set of triplets.

Fhilipe Teixeira – Deborah Bowie’s Dance Alive Partner

Mr. Teixeira graduated from the Cristina Helena School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 2005, and immediately was asked to join the Sesi Minas Dance Company and subsequently was  promoted to soloist in 2006. He won the SILVER MEDAL at Joinville Ballet Competition, in Joinville, Brazil, and in 2007 was promoted to Principal Dancer with the Sesi Minas Dance Company where he has danced the leading roles ’Don Quixote’ and ’Coppelia’, among others. He is an honored guest artist and judge in principal ballet events in Brazil and is considered one of the greatest talents in the country at this time. Among the principal pas de deux he has performed are ‘Nutcracker’ , ’Black Swan’ from Swan Lake, ‘Sleeping Beauty’,  ‘Raymonda’, ‘Paquita’, ‘Flames of Paris’, ‘Diana and Acteon’ and ‘Grand Pas Classique’. Mr. Teixiera has also performed many contemporary pieces to great acclaim, including ‘Majissimo’, from the National Ballet of Cuba, and works by Artistic Director of Sesi Minas Dance Company, noted choreographer Cristina Helena. He brings to the stage a strong technique, enormous energy, and a manly brilliance. Hometown: Divinopolis, Minas Gerais, Braz