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Dancing With Our Diamonds 2020

Dancing with our Diamonds features a dancing competition where local celebrities team up with an adult involved in a program supported by the Arc. The event raises money for The Arc of
Greensboro.

Above all, it showcases the abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

You can vote for your favorite team of dancers by clicking here!

Meet The Dancers

andrea and john

Ms. Andrea Smith & Mr. John VanHine

Andrea Smith: Andrea is a proud pet parent to her 2 dogs; Huevos, a Chocolate Lab, and Oscar, a black and tan Pekingese.  Andrea has been the Assistant Director at arcBARKS Dog Treat Company since May 2018.  Research and Development of new recipes is one of her favorite responsibilities at arcBARKS.  She studied Biological Anthropology at UNCG, but then changed paths and became a Professional Baker in 2014 while working for Kalo Foods.  In her spare time, Andrea loves to read Poetry and study Philosophy.  She enjoys attending Baseball games.  From Challenger League, to Greensboro Grasshoppers, to Atlanta Braves, she loves Baseball and hopes to attend a Red Sox game one day.

John Van Hine: John moved to Greensboro in 1991 from New Jersey. He lives with his parents, two loyal dogs, two cats, two miniature donkeys, 5 sheep and one rescue duck. John has a close relationship with his 3 brothers and is the proud Uncle to 3 nieces. He has worked at arcBARKS since it opened in 2011 and has benefited from many Arc programs including the Self Advocate Group. John volunteers on the Cafe Crew at A Special Blend, at Peacehaven Community Farm and with the horticulture crew at Beacon Place. He has countless friends, loves music, trivia and being a part of our wonderful community.

ashton and david

Representative Ashton Wheeler Clemmons & Mr. David Gretton

Representative Ashton Wheeler Clemmons: After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill as a NC Teaching Fellow, Dr. Ashton Clemmons taught school in Durham and Guilford counties, and went on to earn her Master’s in School Leadership from Harvard University. Most recently, Ashton Clemmons received her Doctorate of Education, from UNC-G. She served as principal of schools in Rockingham and Guilford counties, where she led the turn-around of one of the state’s lowest performing schools.  Ashton was selected one of the Triad Business Journal’s “40 Leaders under 40” and has also been honored by the United Way with its Human Rights Advocate award. Ashton Clemmons was elected to serve in North Carolina’s 57th House District on November 6, 2018. She also serves as the House Democratic Freshman Caucus Co-Chair. The mother of three young children, Ashton is an energetic and passionate advocate for better schools and job training programs, as well as policies that protect our health care, environment and voting rights. She lives in Greensboro with her husband Bryan Clemmons.

David Gretton is a 2018 graduate of Grimsley High School and currently serves as a professional lifeguard for the Bryan YMCA in Greensboro. David is originally from Ukraine. He loves music, video games, and traveling around the world with his parents. David has visited five continents, which is pretty impressive for a 20-year-old!

emily and AJ

Mr. AJ Spaeth & Ms. Emily Ridge

AJ Spaeth is a junior at Grimsley high school. He works at A Special Blend Coffee Shop. AJ loves sports and participates with the Challenger Sports League and Special Olympics where he represented team USA in both Seattle and Abu Dhabi for track and field.

Emily Ridge is a graduate student in Recreation Therapy at UNCG.  For the past 2 years, she has been the Graduate Assistant with The Arc of Greensboro where she coordinates The Kiwanis Aktion Club of Greensboro.

nayef and ginni

Mr. Nayef Dereghamn & Ms. Ginni Dalton

rob and asia

Mr. Rob Peddrick & Ms. Asia White

Rob Peddrick: Robert M. Peddrick, CHBC, CFP

Rob Peddrick has worked in the community for more than 45 years as a consultant in the medical and dental field, specializing in direct, personal service to healthcare providers. He is a Partner at DMJ & Co., PLLC, a CPA and accounting firm, leading the Healthcare Consulting Division and a frequent speaker on the subject of healthcare issues.  Rob is active in the Greensboro community. He currently serves as chairman of the board for the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, a past board member of the Arc of Greensboro and Advisory committee member for arcBARKS. Rob is married to Martha and they have two children and two grandchildren.

Asia White:  Asia is 24 years old and loves to dance to all kinds of music. Her favorite is pop and reggae. She moved to North Carolina from New Jersey where she now enjoys working at Burger King every day of the week, as well as hanging out with her friends at the mall and movies. Asia is active in Challenger Sports Cheerleading during basketball season and is also a member of the Aktion Club. She’s super excited to have the opportunity to dance for Dancing with Our Diamonds!

robert and jamey

Mr. Robert Hickling & Ms. Jamey Gaddy

Robert Hickling: Robert is an Executive for Cone Health for 12 years. He is President-elect for The Arc of Greensboro’s Board, sits on the Board for Family Support Network of Central Carolina and a coach of TopSoccer, a soccer program for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He graduated from NC State and later earned a Master of Health Care Administration from UNC.

Jamey Gaddy: Jamey has lived independently for 7 years. She’s worked part-time at the Spears Family YMCA for 13 years. She serves as President of the Arc of Greensboro’s Kiwanis Aktion Club of Greensboro and Vice-chair of the Rider’s Advisory Committee for SCAT para-transit system. She is a past board member for The Arc of Greensboro.

Meet The Choreographers

April West

April West

April is the choreographer for Nayef Dereghamn and Ginni Dalton

April is the mother of four amazing kids and four fun loving dogs. She is an experienced Gardner and part time landscape designer and teaches wreath and garden design workshops. Her love and passion for dance lives on through her children. In her earlier years in New York she studied and danced with entertainment companies. Choreography has always held a special place in her heart when she stopped performing. April is thrilled to be involved in this event and must not forget to thank her incredibly supportive husband William. He is the music to her steps!

Kathleen Duckworth

Kathleen Duckworth

Kathleen is the choreographer for Rob Peddrick & Asia White

Kathleen Is a native of Greensboro, working at Woodmen Life Insurance as the Community Outreach Advisor, managing sales representative and community programs for 46 NC chapters. Kathleen has an extensive dance background, beginning at age two, and continuing to compete in various styles of dance for 14 years. She has been teaching choreography through college and as a working professional for different organizations. She continues to engage with dance and the community through opportunities like DOD, CTG’s Onstage and Inclusive production and other local programs and clinics.”

Lulu Eckman

Lulu Eckman

Lulu is a competitive ballroom dancer in both Latin-American and Standard dances. She has been dancing 12+ years. She began with traditional Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Lulu also adventured in musical theatre throughout the community. Along with her dance skills she also studied music and is classically voice trained. Lulu now dances and performs at Greensboro Dance Project and with the Best of Ballroom in Winston Salem. She is coached by the great Wayne and Marie Crowder of WDSF/ USA Dance Crowder Dancesport. Her goal and dream upon finishing college in business is to open up her own dance studio after one day competing in tendance at Blackpool.

regina covington

Reginia Covington

Reginia Covington is the choreographer for Andrea Smith and John VanHine

Regina is the director of Miriam’s Dance Academy, an outreach dance program in Greensboro, NC. She is also an Administrative Assistant at a financial services company and serves on the Board of H.U.U.R.T. non-profit organization. Regina has a passion for outreach and community and assist with the mentoring for boys and girls under this organization. This is Regina’s second year choreographing a dance for the Arc of Greensboro’s Dancing on the Diamond event and she is excited to be apart again. Regina is married to Travis Covington and together they have two children.

Tabia McKinzie

Tabia McKinzie

Tabia McKinzie is the choreographer for Emily Ridge & AJ Spaeth

Tabia is a native of Memphis, TN, but has claimed Greensboro, NC as her home now for 5 years. She has her BFA in Performance and Choreography in Dance from UNCG. She has performed locally and internationally and currently teaches Afro-Contemporary. She currently holds the title of Queen Ms. Full-Figured NC 2019/2020. Her platform is advocating for special needs families because of daughter who has special needs.