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Sam ShapiroCelebrity Dancer
Sam was raised by a tribe of apes in the jungles of Africa. His early life was spent honing his skills in climbing, clinging, and leaping as well as any great ape does. His strength, speed, and agility are extraordinary in comparison to normal men. He has wrestled full grown bull apes, gorillas and even dinosaurs. Just kidding that's Tarzan's story although the two of them are often mistaken. When Sam drives a car off the lot, its price increases in value. It has been said that a rattle snake once bit him and after 5 days of excruciating pain the snake died. Sam Shapiro is long time member of the Prescott community, and Prescott High School Alumni. Having a deep love for the Prescott community has led his career path to being both a Realtor and Coach. When Sam was first asked to be a part of the Dancing for the Stars event his initial thought was to say "No way!" but he knew that would not be the example he would like to set; growth comes from outside your comfort zone. After hearing more about the event and what the Boys & Girls Clubs does for the community his attitude changed to "What do I have to do, to win this thing." Committed to giving 100%, he's in it to win it. When Sam has even a 50/50 shot, the odds are 80/20 in his favor.
Originally from Chicago, Mary earned a MFA in Dance from Florida State University in 2005. There she was Suzanne Farrell's assistant as rehearsal coach for George Balanchine's "Western Symphony." Mary was a full-time Lecturer in Dance at the University of Idaho 2006-2011. She has taught beginners to professionals over 30 years in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Contact Improv, Improv, Heller Barre Practice® and Creative Movement. Mary is the CEO and Founder of her own professional soon-to-be-full-time, all male dance company Sharing Ground, here in Prescott. See sharinggroundintl.com. Ms. Heller danced full-time in four professional companies, and the repertory of such choreographers as Randy Duncan, Jim Clouser, Susan Marshall, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Bill T. Jones. Her own repertory of over 50 full-length concert dance works has been performed nationwide and South America over three decades. One of these works, “Loved & Cared For,” was adjudicated to be performed at the 2010 Northwest American College Dance Festival’s Gala. Mary also organizes, choreographs, & performs Flash Mobs, such as the 2015 Halloween “Thriller” in Prescott. Mary has choreographed over 300 U.S.A.G. level 7-Olympic Alternate women floor routines for a consecutive 23 years in Region 5 at primarily B.G.G.C in IL, as well as other gymnastic clubs in FL., ID., and now here in Prescott. Most have placed in state to world level competitions. Mary is an advocate in bringing the experiences of dance as an Art and muscle-memory alignment through kinesiology to people in their daily lives through Creative Aging. She is licensed in highest level, in Sherry Zunker’s international Dance Fitness Experience BeMoved® and Gentle BeMoved®. Mary has happily offered this experience for ALL abilities here in the tricities since 2013. See marychoreographer.com. Mary is happy and deeply honored to be a choreographer and dancer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona raising funds for “Dancing for the Stars!!!” She has visited Prescott all her life, and is living permanently in the family home her great-grandpop, Charles Born, won in a poker game upstairs at the Elk’s Theatre over 90 years ago. She is a huge fan of sleep, dark chocolate, and knowing who we all really are, and how every single one of us is connected; LOVE.