Bliss CARES, a nonprofit healthcare group in Central Florida, has created a new dance competitors to help increase cash for transgender emergency housing.
“Sweet Goals: Dancing for TRANSitional Housing” will companion 11 newbie dancers, all LGBTQ group leaders in Central Florida, with professional dancers for a night of fast-paced, fancy footwork on the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Orlando on July 13.
“Bliss CARES’ aim is to create semi-permanent housing for the transgender and gender nonconforming communities where they will have entry to well being providers, life expertise and profession counseling to organize them to reside on their very own in their very own protected area,” the organization announced at a press conference held at the Bliss CARES office on June 7.
The event might be hosted by the Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell and former “Philips Phile” co-host Lynn Dictor, aka Moira, with a star panel of judges: District four Orlando Metropolis Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Parliament House Entertainment Director Darcel Stevens and native theatre legend Michael Wanzie. Orlando drag icon Miss Sammy may also make a special appearance.
So who are these 11 brave group leaders who will put their bodies on the road for this superb trigger? We now have gathered profiles on these courageous souls, matched up alongside profiles on the professionals, which you’ll be able to learn under. And should the chances be ever in your favor.
Commissioner Regina Hill, a staunch advocate and supporter for the residents of District 5 and Metropolis of Orlando, is dedicated to the development and creation of group enriching tasks, insurance policies and proactive solutions. Hill approaches her public service with the mindset greatest said by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Everybody has the facility for greatness, not for fame however greatness, because greatness is decided by service.” Since taking office in 2013, Hill has advocated for extra jobs, instructional opportunities, enterprise improvement and reasonably priced housing in District 5.
With more than 15 years as knowledgeable ballroom teacher and choreographer, Eddie Rivera has brought a singular ardour and pleasure to the dance flooring. Rivera is the owner of Dance It Studio. The native of Puerto Rico classifies his fashion and method as a mixture of Latin and ballroom, although he was formally educated in ballet and jazz. Prior to shifting to the U.S., Rivera was the “go-to” performer for exhibits, videos and live shows for celebrities—including famend tenor, Andrea Bocelli.
Brianna Rockmore is a gross sales account manager for Watermark Publishing Group, an lively member of the transgender group and volunteered with Come Out with Delight last yr. Watermark is a multi-faceted media firm using alternatives and innovations to speak and advance LGBTQ pursuits. Rockmore can also be a member of the Board of Directors of the lately renamed Delight Chamber, formerly often known as MBA Orlando.
Hannah Pickard has been a ballroom instructor and professional competitor since 2012. Two years later, Pickard moved to Orlando to give attention to her dance career. Together with her new residence at Dance It Studio, Hannah additionally teaches at workshops and faculties round Orlando. She holds Dance Imaginative and prescient Worldwide Dancers Association (DVIDA) certifications in both clean and rhythm and is member of the Nationwide Dance Council Of America (NDCA).
Martha Are serves as the chief director of the Homeless Providers Community (HSN) of Central Florida, the lead agency for the Central Florida Continuum of Care (CoC). Are has 30 years of experience in homeless providers starting from frontline work to program management, statewide advocacy and staffing the governor’s council on homelessness in North Carolina. The imaginative and prescient of the HSN is to interrupt the cycle of homelessness in Central Florida—making homelessness for neighbors uncommon, temporary and a one-time event.
Hailing from Mount Morris, Michigan, Glenn Iverson moved to Florida’s west coast shortly after graduating high school. His first career endeavor was in the ballroom dance sector the place he spent 10 years as a dance teacher, choreographer and studio supervisor and was the recipient of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios coveted Freddy Award. For greater than 20 years, Iverson has been involved in the vehicle business holding positions in gross sales and finance administration, advertising and call middle administration and common supervisor.
Luis Bolden is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who joined the Information 6 staff in Sept. 2001. Earlier than Orlando, Bolden reported and anchored in Jackson, Mississippi, where he gained three Associated Press Awards for Greatest Common Information Story. He also worked in tv in Memphis, Tennessee. He’s a thrill-seeker who has enjoyed skydiving, cling gliding and parasailing. In another life, Louis was a three-time nationwide champion cheerleading coach, a distance runner and an aerobics teacher.
Karen Elmore graduated from the College of Memphis together with her undergraduate diploma in medical psychology, however she was destined to bop. While in school, she was a member of the nine-time national champion Memphis State Dance Squad. Elmore has danced with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Walt Disney World. She additionally took her skills on the street touring with artists like Earth, Wind and Hearth and Baby Face. During her profession she has additionally garnered film credit with roles in “Cinderella Story,” “Like Mike” and “Orange County.”
Shelby Norwich has been in actual estate for over 17 years and is presently one of many prime 5 producers at Olde City Brokers for the last six years. She is a large supporter of native artists and the native art scene, serving on the Downtown Arts District Board for six years. She can also be a Circle Member for the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Middle and has been on the Runway to Hope committee where she assists local youngsters and their families who’ve been impacted by pediatric most cancers.
Norwich might be solo dancing for the occasion.
Juan Rodriguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated from the University of Sagrado Corazon with a degree in communications. In 2016, beneath the steerage and path of Dr. Roberto Ortiz, Rodriguez started Bliss CARES. The mission of Bliss CARES is to save lots of lives by treating and stopping the spread of HIV, Hepatitis and STDs. Rodriguez has devoted his life to remedy, prevention and eradicating the AIDS epidemic. He works tirelessly, helping these in want receive the care and remedy they deserve.
David Hunter is an entertainer and dancer who is predicated in Orlando and has been featured throughout Central Florida, including on the world-famous Parliament Home. Some of Hunter’s quite a few accomplishments embrace being named Mr. Sapphire 2015, Nationwide Mr. Entertainer of the Yr 2013, Mr. Gay USofA 2010, Mr. Continental 2009 and Mr. Stonewall 2009 from the Stonewall Club in Huntington, West Virginia.
Jennifer Foster is the founding government director of the One Orlando Alliance, a coalition of over 30 LGBTQ organizations in Central Florida shaped in the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy to help with the survivors and victims’ families. Beneath Foster’s management, the One Orlando Alliance continues to supply steerage, help and help to the area people. In June 2016, Foster was appointed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to serve on the One Orlando Fund. She is the co-founder of the Human Rights Marketing campaign in Central Florida, serving on the local board for 10 years and nationwide board for eight. She additionally served on the statewide board of the Florida Pink and Blue marketing campaign in 2004 to oppose Florida’s marriage modification. Foster is the owner and president of Foster Productions, Inc.
Foster will probably be solo dancing for the occasion.
Marco Quiroga serves as program director for The Contigo Fund, which launched in response to the horrific bloodbath that occurred on Latin Night time at Pulse nightclub in Orlando concentrating on LGBTQ individuals of shade. The Contigo Fund is an effort targeted on medium- to long-term solutions to disparities impacting Pulse-affected and historically marginalized LGBTQ communities in Orlando, in search of to strengthen and network present businesses and to determine and help grassroots efforts that target healing, schooling and empowerment. Quiroga has an extended historical past as an advocate for the LGBTQ, immigrant and racial justice actions, driven because of his personal life expertise as an undocumented and queer individual of shade.
Colby Kopf started his skilled dance career in 2012, educating in Vero Seashore, Florida. After shifting to Orlando in 2013, Dance It Studio shortly turned his residence. Kopf has performed for several occasions around Orlando, and has even performed for Gloria Estefan at her restaurant, Bongos, in Disney Springs.
Jamie McFadden is the founder and government chef of Cuisiniers Catered Delicacies & Events and Snowbirds Vintners. McFadden’s “recent strategy” cooking type and a spotlight to detail has proven to be the right components in creating an thrilling and successful profession path. His over 30 years working in the hospitality business has allowed him opportunities to wear many hats together with as restaurateur, caterer, instructor and vintner. Career highlights for McFadden embrace getting ready two sold-out dinners at The James Beard Home, appearing on “The Right now Present” for their Dinner within the Sky phase, launching The PEAS Foundation, his Snowbirds Vintners model and the 2018 opening of Sandy Ridge Vineyards.
Roberto Sanchez has been dancing, instructing and choreographing for the past decade. He has labored with native artists including J Randall and Nine Diva and performed at an XL 106.7 fundraiser hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSYNC. Sanchez additionally choreographed two numbers for the Orlando Predators Prowlers. At present, Sanchez teaches at Vixen Expertise Productions and is the artistic director and proprietor of the youth efficiency dance group Roberto’s Performance Dolls that carry out in Central Florida.
In January 2012, Luis Martinez was appointed by Dyer as the director of multicultural affairs to reinforce the engagement of the Hispanic and multicultural communities with the town. Martinez assists and makes suggestions to Dyer in the implementation of metropolis policies and initiatives that foster inclusion, acceptance and diversity. As well as, he serves as Dyer’s spokesperson to native Hispanic/multicultural media, LGBTQ liaison and helps the Financial Improvement Division by offering bilingual orientation to Latin American entrepreneurs.
Daniel Martinez has carried out all over Central Florida and he has no intention of stopping anytime quickly. A Rollins graduate, Martinez has appeared in productions of “Guys and Dolls” as Rusty Charlie and “Reefer Insanity” as Ralph. He decided after graduating at Rollins that he was going to make Orlando his house. Since his skilled Orlando debut in “Sing-along Cabaret a Go-Go,” he has been in Pepe in “West Aspect Story,” the Ethnic Dude in “The Toxic Avenger Musical,” Henry in “South Pacific” and Mogs in “Wasteland.” Presently, Martinez works at Universal Studios as a performer, operating with raptors and wreaking havoc (and typically crooning) over at 30 Rock.
Luis Mercado started his career in Puerto Rico as the public relations director for a personal college system. In 2000, he accepted a place in Central Florida as a information reporter for Univision Orlando, later turning into a news anchor for Telemundo Orlando. In 2010, Mercado turned the host for “Despierta Tampa Bay” the place he covers news and conducts interviews associated to the Hispanic group. In 2016, he returned to TV news as a morning information anchor for “Noticias Univision Orlando.” He’s the 98.1 Salsa y Más news announcer for its morning present, “El y Ella.” Mercado has additionally created his own promoting company, Picture Builders Consulting Group.
From a very early age, Jose Perez knew he was born to perform. This Puerto Rican native started dancing at the age of 12 and has never appeared back. Folkloric, jazz, hip hop and salsa first brought him to the dance flooring, however four years of formal ballet training brought all his dancing expertise collectively. In 2008, Perez fell in love with ballroom dancing and commenced training intensely as knowledgeable teacher at Dance It Studio.
“Candy Goals: Dancing for TRANSitional Housing” will take place Saturday, July 13 from 6-11 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Orlando. You’ll be able to present your help on your favourite dancer(s) by donating in their identify at SweetDreamsEvent.eventbrite.com. For more info on this and different events, and to study more concerning the superb work Bliss CARES does, go to BlissCARES.org.