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2018 Adell Roscoe

Adell Roscoe

Adell Roscoe

Adell Roscoe is a native of the Tidewater area and currently resides in Palm Beach, FL. Adell began working as a model and instructor for Charm Associates at the age of 12 where she was blessed to be taken under the wing of Barbara Lewis. She had a successful 19-year modeling career and has walked in hundreds of fashion shows around the country.

Adell is a 24-year veteran with the Miss America Organization. She has held the titles of Miss Chesapeake, Miss Portsmouth Seawall, Miss Norfolk, Miss Suffolk Tri-County, Miss Miami and Miss Orlando. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Old Dominion University and attended graduate courses at The College of William & Mary as well as Regent University. All were funded largely through her participation in the Miss America Organization. She is currently a Board Member of the Miss Florida Scholarship Organization and acts as State Field Director and Liaison to the Miss America Board.

Adell takes the most pride in her role as wife and mother. She is married to the love of her life, Michael Roscoe, and is the proud mother to 11-year-old son, Xander.

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2018 Sharon Harrison Simón

Sharon Harrison Simón

Sharon H. Simon

Sharon was born in Virginia Beach, proudly raised in a Military Family and graduated from Floyd E. Kellam High School, where she is still active in planning Reunions for her classes. Prior to becoming a Realtor with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, she was a Financial Advisor,

achieving “Rookie of the Year”. In her current Profession, Sharon is Co-Chairwoman of Hampton Roads Realtors Association Circle of Excellence

Committee for 2018-2019, as well as a multiple Recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award. She was also recognized for the National Sales Excellence Award in 2017. Sharon is an active Plasma donor with the American Red Cross and feels there are so many lives that are in need of blood and plasma, She states “It is so important and rewarding to share your gifts with others”. Sharon is also on the Howard Hanna/CHKD Committee, to make a commitment with to raise $125,000 for the Children’s Care Free Fund, to help raise funds for the new Mental Health wing that is so needed. For fun she loves to golf, and is serving her second term as President of the Career Women’s Golf Association. She loves spending time with Family, visiting her 2 children, Chris & Lauren, 2 grandchildren, Serena and Zo’oe and her Dad holds a special place in her heart. When Sharon is not serving her clients in Real Estate, you can find her at the gym, hanging out with her family, friends, traveling, volunteering and enjoying the beach life! Although Sharon has no dance experience (Except for Saturday mornings as a child practicing to American Bandstand and trying to copy their dances)! She is honored to be part of Hampton Roads Celebrity Dancing with the Starts and happy to support the Virginia Musical Theater. She also would like to Thank her Howard Hanna Family for their support.


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2018 Kurt Krause

Kurt Krause

Sharon H. Simon

After very successful openings of the Hilton Norfolk The Main (2017), Cavalier Hotel and Cavalier Beach Club (2018) Kurt has assumed the responsibilities as the pre-opening Managing Director of Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020, the 305-room full service Marriott Hotel will feature exciting, innovative food and beverage ventures. The oceanfront project is a perfect complement to the historic Cavalier Hotel.

From 2006 until his arrival to The Main, Kurt was the General Manager of a 900-room conference center in Loudoun County, The National Conference Center. From 2003 to 2006, Kurt was the Vice President of Business Affairs at Virginia Tech.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech in October 2003, Kurt served our Country as a “loaned executive” for the Transportation Security Administration. As a founding member of the largest start-up of any private or public organization he was specifically responsible for many of the consumer oriented deliverables. The success of these programs provided Kurt the opportunity to create and staff the Office of Consumer Advocacy and Initiatives within the Administration which is today a very active and consumer oriented department. He was recognized with the Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal by Secretary Norman Minetta in 2002.

Prior to TSA, Kurt spent twenty-two years with Marriott International, where his background included various assignments in the sales and marketing discipline, followed by operational assignments in Florida and Virginia. His last position with Marriott was Vice President of Brand Strategy for Renaissance Hotels Brand Team. However, his most enjoyable position was General Manager at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia.

Kurt a very proud graduate of Virginia Tech (1980) believing in the university’s motto of Ut Prosim by serving on a number of community boards, task forces, and advisory councils. He is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax (2000), LEAD Virginia (2009), Lead Hampton Roads (2015). A former Chair for the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce (2012), Commissioner on the Loudoun Economic Development Commission, member of Loudoun County’s CEO Cabinet, Secretary for the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance. Kurt currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Directors for Norfolk Fest Events, and on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Beach Hotel Association.


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2018 Allan Decipulo

Allan Decipulo

Sharon H. Simon

Allan Decipulo is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Dancing with the Hampton Roads Celebrity Stars. A talented pianist/accompanist, Allan has worked for many arts educational institutions including Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts, City College of New York and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Along with accompanying for auditions, rehearsals and vocal classes in New York.

Allan has had the great pleasure of serving as Music Director and Vocal coach with other Broadway Artists in “Take It From The Top”, a New York City based organization which presents performance workshops for aspiring teens across the country.

Since moving back to the Hampton Roads area, Allan has accompanied for the Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus, the Children’s Chorus of Virginia, and has played keyboard for Virginia Musical Theatre and Governor’s School for the Arts productions. Currently, Allan is a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Virginia, Music teacher at the Stratford School, serves as pianist/organist at VBCC, is the Musical Director and Vocal coach in the Musical Theatre department at GSA and is one of VMT’s Musical Directors. Allan received his bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Radford University. He would like to thank his beautiful wife and two babies and his family for their love and support.

Sponsored by JUANITA FELTON


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2018 Michael Melnyk

Michael Melnyk

Sharon H. Simon

Michael is a Virginia Beach native who resides in the Great Neck/Shore Drive area with his beautiful wife, Jennifer and his amazing daughter, Maeson. Michael graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1993. He served as a volunteer with the Plaza Volunteer Rescue Squad in Virginia Beach from 1994-1999 where his love of serving the community started and grew into a desire to make a career out of public service.

Michael answered this calling when he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department in 1999. He worked in The Bayside precinct for 11 years before transferring to the Marine Patrol and Dive Team. Although Michael found the job of his dreams working as an officer on the water, last year he was given the opportunity to attend the FBIʼs Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama. Michael is now a public safety bomb technician assigned to the Police Departments Bomb Squad.

Michaelʼs brother George Melnyk Jr. is a two-time Dancing With the Stars contestant and one of last years big Mirrorball winners. Michael is extremely excited to follow in his brothers “boogie shoes” and to raise money for the Virginia Musical Theater. He would like to give EXTRA special thanks to his dance partner Rebekah Klyukin for her commitment to making him the best dancer he can be as well as her patience in putting up with his long time friend Joe Donahue. Thank you Rebekah!


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2018 Tyler Rosá

Tyler Jared Rosá

Sharon H. Simon

Tyler is a California native and moved to Virginia Beach after graduating from William & Mary Law School. He is an attorney at Williams Mullen where he represents clients in a wide range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, sales, leases, financings, and environmental issues.

Prior to law school, Tyler started developing his East Coast roots and fleet feet at Dickinson College where he played football and baseball. He was an English and Economics major in college and did not take any formal dance classes.

Tyler enjoys being involved in the community and exploring everything Hampton Roads has to offer. Tyler is actively involved in CBDX, the young professionals division of the Central Business District Association of Virginia Beach, and regularly volunteers for Neptune Festival events.

Tyler’s dancing strategy for many years has been to “dance like there’s nobody watching.” Although deviating slightly from this strategy tonight, Tyler is thankful to all of you watching this wonderful event and supporting the Virginia Musical Theater. Tyler would also like to thank Williams Mullen for the sponsorship and his dance partner, Allie, for her patience.


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Allie Powers

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2018 Brad Martin

Brad Martin

Brad Martin

Brad gave up on his dream of a career as a professional dancer at an early age.

When the local ballet studio, an interpretive dance team, two hip-hop street gangs, and a ballroom dance instructor all escorted him to the door (probably a result of burning jealousy), it appeared that his vocation might come down to a choice among his other talents, including philatelist, Rubik’s Cube solver, and performing imaginary stunt double work for Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Lynda Carter. Then he graduated from junior high school.

Brad’s talents for Physics and Math blossomed in high school and college, so much so that he ignored his other potential career choice of running back kickoffs for the Eagles, so he could instead focus on his studies and graduate from a small liberal arts college in the heart of Virginia with a technical double-major. Seriously, he was one of seven students in almost all of his higher-level math and science classes for three years.

Brad returned to his hometown after college and has practiced civil engineering, mostly site design for development projects in the Tidewater area, for 25 years. He is a principal for American Engineering in the firm’s Virginia Beach office. He spends his free time as an active volunteer with Special Olympics, the Rotary Club of Cape Henry, and CHKD. Brad served the citizens of Virginia Beach as a representative on City Council in 2014, and as long as a majority of the voters don’t learn of this performance, there’s a good chance he’ll be back there soon. He’ll celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary with Tracey this fall, and the two occasionally agree on how to parent their 14-year-old son, Henry.

Brad wants to thank his friends at Waterman’s Surfside Grille for partially sponsoring his appearance (is there anything an Orange Crush can’t make better?). And he wants to apologize to his eternally embarrassed wife Tracey, who probably never saw this coming. Brad has promised Tracey and Henry that this will be the end of his dance career (for good this time), except for some Electric Slides and Chicken Dances at upcoming weddings.


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2018 John Berry

John Berry

Sharon H. Simon

John was born in Norfolk, Va. and is a proud resident of Chesapeake. He graduated from Great Bridge High School, earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Tidewater Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in 2014.

John is married to his wife Lori and has two step-sons (Austin & Logan). In his free time, John enjoys coaching youth soccer in Chesapeake, dancing, and music and is excited to support the Virginia Musical Theatre. John is employed with Beskin-Divers Insurance Group, Inc and is the Manager of Enrollments for the Life, Health & Benefits Division.

John would like to thank the team at Beskin-Divers for sponsoring him and allowing him this opportunity to “strut his stuff”. He also would like to thank Savanna for her hard work and determination with the music, choreography and instruction.


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Savanna Baltero

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2018 Debbie Hearst

Debbie Hearst

Sharon H. Simon

As a native of Virginia Beach I graduated from Floyed E. Kellam High School and later from Old Dominion University. I have dabbled in Modeling and Acting which took me to Los Angeles and New York. Realizing I needed a real job, I was a dispatcher for Virginia Beach and currently work for the Virginia Beach Fire Department as a Life Safety Specialist.

I love to travel and music has always been a part of my life; from dancing several nights a week at Rogues Gallery, to blasting music in my apartment or while driving. Yeah, I’m that girl that performs in the car! Sometimes while putting on make-up, however; if I’m running late and I just don’t have time for a performance at home…that will have to be done in the car! There is music that fits every mood and event; we all just sometimes need the music or just the words. So grateful to have this opportunity to dance…..give me a beat!

Sponsored by THE LEE A. AND HELEN GIFFORD FUND FOR THE HAMPTON ROADS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION


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RICCARDO PICCINI

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2018 Andrew Ridnouer

Andrew Ridnouer

Sharon H. Simon

Though he wasn’t born to naturally get jiggy with it, he was born with the ability to be great at just about everything he tries. Andrew Ridnouer, local entrepreneur, craftsman, sales manager, and all around good guy is excited about his latest challenge on the dance floor learning new combos and eight counts.

Prior to 2018, the only place you’d find Andrew shaking his tail feathers would be in the ocean on a surfboard shredding waves.

Now, when he isn’t working and pushing sales at local embroidery and print specialist, RUNoticed, you may find Andrew honing his skills as a craftsman specializing in restoring tile and hardwood floors, laying trim, painting, electrical, and restoring era plumbing. Andrew loves to learn about new things, and perhaps that is what enticed him about trying on his first pair of dancing shoes. But while he learns more about drywall, tile design layout, and best practice for laying hardwood, he is enjoying his time learning how to do the Charleston, Cha Cha Cha and the Mambo.

Sponsored by ROBERT & ANNE COFFEY


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WENDY DENYSENKO

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