Funds Raised: $6,340
In-Kind Donations Secured: $0
Dr. Todd G. Geiler is a product of Prescott Arizona. Educated locally, graduating from PHS in 1982. He then attended “The Harvard of Arizona,” Northern Arizona University. His post graduate studies were completed at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he received his Doctorate of Optometry. He now practices here in Prescott and is a third-generation optometrist following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Geiler Eyecare has been a Prescott standard for 70 continuous years and is the community’s most established eyecare practice.
A local kid, he is quick to smile, make a joke, or help a friend. His vocation allows him to cross paths with Prescott’s finest, the residents of the Prescott area. His avocations and outside interests span the gamut including hiking and backpacking, wildlife photography, and exploring the different corners of the state. A member of several area organizations, his membership has always been focused on improving the community and helping Prescott’s youth thrive. Todd has been an active and engaged partner with the Arizona Game and Fish Department introducing the tri-city area’s youth to the outdoors.
The “Dancing for the Stars” event is a step outside of Todd’s usual comfort zone. Todd will openly tell you he has no idea whatsoever how to dance. As the weeks progress, his hope is to raise a few bucks for the kids and not cripple his instructor.
Professional Dance Partner
Mary Heller was Full-Time Lecturer in Dance at the University of Idaho from 2006-2011. Originally from Chicago she earned an M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts degree, equal to a Ph.D.), in Dance from the Florida State University in 2005, where she was Suzanne Farrell's chosen assistant to be the rehearsal coach for George Balanchine's "Western Symphony". Ms. Heller is a veteran dance educator, and scholar who has taught in studio’s to Higher Ed for over 29 years. Mary teaches Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Contact Improv, Improv, Heller Barre Practice® and Creative Movement nationally, and has so throughout her career to beginners up to professionals. She is the Artistic Director, CEO, and Founder of her own professional soon-to-be-full-time, all male dance company Sharing Ground, here in Prescott, AZ. See more at sharinggroundintl.com. Ms. Heller has 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 in Colorado, Ohio, Chicago, Florida, Washington, Utah, Georgia, Arizona and South America over three decades. One of these works, “Loved & Cared For” was adjudicated to be selected to be performed at the Northwest American College Dance Festival’s Gala in 2010.
Mary also organizes, choreographs, rehearses and performs Flash Mobs for any occasion, such as the Halloween “Thriller” for Prescott in 2015. Mary has choreographed over 300 U.S.A.G. level 7-Olympic Alternate, women, floor routines for a consecutive 22 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 all have placed in state, regional, national, and world competitions. Mary is an advocate in bringing the experience of dance as an Art, and as a way to find muscle-memory alignment through kinesiology, to people in their daily lives, all over the world, all ages through Creative Aging. Because of this she is licensed in Artistry 2, (highest level), of the international Dance Fitness Experience, BeMoved®, and Gentle BeMoved®, both designed by Sherry Zunker, and has been very happy offering this accessible experience for ALL movement abilities here in the Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley area since Sept. 2013. See more at marychoreographer.com. She is very happy, and deeply honored to have been selected to be a choreographer, and dancer for the Boys & Girls Club of Prescott Valley, AZ to raise funds for “Dancing For Our Stars”!!! She has come out to Prescott all her life, and is living in the family house, (and never moving again), that 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.