Dancing With Our Diamonds 2020

Dancing with our Diamonds is a lighthearted dance competition in which local celebrities’ partner with an adult who is involved in a program supported by The Arc of Greensboro. We love this event that raises money for The Arc by showcasing the talents of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Our FUNdraising event also features some incredible raffle prizes. You can purchase raffle tickets online in addition to your voting. All proceeds go to benefiting The Arc of Greensboro and its programs.

How Can You Get Involved? VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DANCE TEAM or DANCE TEAMS! Each vote is $5.00.  We, of course, encourage you to make a larger donation by voting multiple times as well as bidding on your fantastic raffle items.

See a description of each Dance Team on the Dancers page and come back after August 10th to see our talented dance teams in action.  Raffle items and Dance Trophy winners will be announced during our Virtual event on September 10th.

Meet The Dancers

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Mr. John VanHine & Ms. Andrea Smith

Mr. 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.

Ms. 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 where  research and development of new recipes is one of her favorite responsibilities at arcBARKS.  She studied Biological Anthropology at UNCG, but then changed paths to become 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.

Mr. John McKee & Representative Ashton Wheeler Clemmons

Mr. John McKee: John is a rising senior at Cornerstone Charter Academy.  He is a Boy Scout and swims for the special Olympics, Wahoos.   Dancing is one of Johnny’s favorite things to do.  He has taken dance for 8 years at Break’n out with the rising stars.  Before the pandemic Johnny worked at Red Cinema and hopes to return soon.  He has a brother and 2 sisters all the same age! Wendell is his therapy dog and his cat is named Penny.

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.

Ms. Ginni Dalton & Mr. Rob Peddrick

Ms. Ginni Dalton: Ginni has been involved with the Arc of Greensboro since 1998. She especially enjoys swimming with the Wahoos. The Arc provided her with a job coach who worked with her to develop the skills needed for a job with Pita Delight. She has been employed with them for over 20 years. Ginni loves college basketball, Go Tarheels. She also loves spending time with her two nieces, nephew, and two spoiled dogs.

Mr. Robert M. Peddrick, CHBC, CFP: Rob 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.

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Ms. Jamey Gaddy & Mr. Robert Hickling

Ms. 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 of The Arc of Greensboro.

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

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Mr. AJ Spaeth & Ms. Emily Ridge

Mr. AJ Spaeth: AJ 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.

Ms. Emily Ridge: Emily is a graduate student in Recreation Therapy at UNCG.  For the past 2 years, she has been a Graduate Assistant with The Arc of Greensboro where she coordinated The Kiwanis Aktion Club of Greensboro. In August, she begins her internship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and will graduate in December with a master’s degree in Community and Therapeutic Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.

Meet The Choreographers

Tabia McKinzie

Tabia McKinzie

Tabia 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.

Kathleen Duckworth

Kathleen Duckworth

Kathleen is the choreographer for Rob Peddrick & Ginni Dalton

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.”

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Donna Smith

Donna Smith is the choreographer for Andrea Smith and John Van Hine.

She is also the videographer for the team, both filming and creatively editing the video.

Donna Smith is a native of North Carolina. She graduated from UNCG with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Studies. She has worked with many local musicians and artists in the Greensboro community to help produce album covers and music videos as well as short films and documentaries. She is also the older sister of dancer Andrea Smith.

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Reginia Covington

Reginia Covington is the choreographer for Ashton Clemmons & David Gretton

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.

Lulu Eckman

Lulu Eckman

Lulu Eckman is the choreographer for Robert Hickling and Jamey Gaddy.

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.