Piqua Arts Council to Host Dancing with the Piqua Stars 2021

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PIQUA - Piqua Arts Council’s premier fundraiser, Dancing with the Piqua Stars, is happening Saturday, August 28, 2021, with two shows to be held at Romer’s Catering. We’re excited to host many beautiful dancing couples in our 2021 competition. 
Our dancers include partners Christy & William Hayes, partners Juli & Doug Smith, partners Janie Branson & Ron Pearson, partners Tina & Daniel Rudy, and partners Tanya Stewart & Craig Smith, and dancers Amanda Hayward and Kristie Dankworth.

Christy and William Hayes
   Christy Hayes, is happily married to her dance partner for life, Bill Hayes, and has two adult daughters who both live in Chicago. Christy is the Director of Piqua Catholic’s Preschool Program, The Center for Early Learning.

   William (Bill) Hayes, is a retired research engineer who currently serves as a volunteer STEM instructor at Piqua Catholic School. William married for the first and only time just five years ago to his darling wife who brought him back to his hometown, where most people know him as the husband of Christy Hayes, and the stepfather to her two girls.


Janie Branson
   Janie Branson is a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Home Town Realty, as well as a Senior Auditor at Abbott Nutrition. Janie is the mother of 3, with an 18 year old boy, a 20 year old girl, and 23 year old girl.


Ron Pearson
   Ron Pearson is currently the IT Manager at Hartzell Industries in Piqua, Ohio. Ron built his home with his life partner, Janie, mother of 3. There, they live with their two cats.

Juli and Doug Smith
   Juli Smith works at The Community Foundation of Shelby County as the Scholarship and Grants Administrator. Juli and her husband Doug have two sons, Joshua, who lives in Columbus, and Ian, who lives in Cincinnati.

  Doug Smith is a Sales Engineer at the French Oil Mill Machinery Company. Doug and his wife Juli have been together for 34 years, being married for 28 of those years. Doug states, “Our dogs, Gus and Chewie, don’t keep us as busy as our boys, but they do keep us active.”

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Amanda Hayward

   Amanda Hayward is the editor at Cincinnati Family Magazine. She is a mom of three beautiful kids, as well as one doggy on earth, and one doggy in heaven.


Kristie Dankworth
   Kristie Dankworth works for Piqua City Schools at Springcreek Elementary, where she is a 2nd and 3rd grade intervention specialist. Kristie is married to Chris Dankworth, and has a son, Kade, who is a freshman at Piqua High School.

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Tanya Stewart and Craig Smith
Tanya Stewart is currently the regional manager at Winans Chocolates & Coffee. She has four beautiful children: Lily, age 21; Elijah, age 19; Chloe, age 18; and Jade, age 9.

   Craig Smith is a retired minister of 38 years, who is now the President of The Exit 7 Group LLC, as well as an active Health Coach & Lifestyle Transformation. Craig has been married 51 years to his wife, Victoria Sayers Smith. Together they have 4 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and one Pooton puppy named Bently.

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Tina Rudy
ina Rudy serves as the Assistant Director of Alexander Davis Child Care at the Miami County YMCA. She has been married for 26 years, and has one son and cat.

Daniel Rudy

   Daniel Rudy works at Lowe’s in Troy, as a part of the Stocking Crew. Daniel has two amazing parents, Bruce and Tina, as well as an adorable cat, Snowball.

   Tickets for both the matinee and dinner performances will be on sale starting Monday, July 12, 2021 at Readmore’s Hallmark in Piqua, Ohio. Tickets for the Dessert Matinee are $10 each and tickets for the Dinner Performance are $30 each. The Dessert Matinee will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Romer’s Piqua, and will begin at 1:00pm, with doors opening at 12:15pm. The Dinner will take place on August 28, 2021 at Romer’s A Learning Place in Piqua, Ohio. The doors open at 6:00pm, the dinner will be at 7:00pm, and the show will take place at 8:00pm.


   If you would like to support this year’s dancers, visit our webpage at www.PiquaArtsCouncil.org/dancing-with-the-stars, or watch for their individual fundraiser opportunities. The full bios for each individual dancer can also be found on our webpage.

   A special thank you goes out to this year’s sponsor, Hartzell Propeller for helping to underwrite the expenses for the competition. For more information on how to vote, contact the Piqua Arts Council at 937-773-9630.