Funds Raised: $3,575
In-Kind Donations Received: $1,200
Larry Stephan was born and raised in Piqua, Ohio, one of four children to Walter and Barbara Stephan. He married Brenda Hinger, his high school sweetheart, on April 17, 1971. Together, they have two children and one grandson, daughter Alisha Vasilko (spouse Chris, son, Alek), of West Linn, Oregon and son, Joshua Cosmo Stephan of Prescott, AZ. After graduating from Ohio Northern University, Larry attended graduate school at University of Colorado in Boulder, CO & Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He taught high school for two years in Cobram, Victoria, Australia. Larry became a Prescott resident after arriving on campus at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in April 1979. At ERAU, Larry has held the positions of Athletic Director, Associate Dean of Students and currently, Dean of Students since 2009.
Professional Dance Partner
Sarah is a Prescottonian who began dancing at the age of 3. Her studies began with ballet, tap and jazz extending to lyrical, hip hop and swing by high school graduation. It was at this time that Sarah was introduced to flamenco dancing, inspiring her to move to Albuquerque, NM to study at the National Conservatory of Flamenco. She was soon a professional company member of Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. Sarah toured with Yjastros for 5 years performing and competing, whilst earning a degree at the University of New Mexico in Dance, Spanish and Philosophy. At UNM Sarah studied modern and became involved in many modern dance projects, including dancing as a soloist in the resurrection of Hanya Holm’s “Rota,” earning national recognition. Back in Prescott, Sarah is studying and performing belly dance and is a member of Why Not BELLYDANCE???; a local performance troupe that insists on having fun! She currently is an instructor of belly dance and flamenco dance at the Flying Nest Movement Arts Studio as well as a self-employed piano instructor at Sarah Hinson Piano Studio. Sarah is grateful to all her instructors guiding her throughout the years, and to her family for always supporting her artistic endeavors.