Niki Watson works at Crayex Corporation in Piqua. She and her husband, Aaron, have a nine year old daughter who attends Piqua City Schools. Niki is an active member of the Piqua Kiwanis, serving on the Sponsored Youth Committee as a Kiwanis K-Kid advisor at Washington Primary School. She also enjoys leading Piqua Girl Scout Troop #35122. While no one would describe Niki as shy, taking on the challenges of learning and performing a dance routine will be outside of her comfort zone. Her awareness of the Piqua Arts Council and all of the wonderful things they do in Piqua is why she is willing to “step up” and “step out” for an evening of Dancing With The Piqua Stars.
Her partner, Todd Voskuhl graduated from Piqua High School and is a police officer with the City of Piqua where he has proudly served for the past 11 years. Todd is a former Miami County Sheriff's Deputy and a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He is currently acting as a Protect Officer for the Piqua City Schools and is also a 9 year veteran of the Piqua/Sidney SWAT team. Todd and his wife, Stacey, have 3 children all in the Piqua City School system ranging from 3rd to 6th grade. He has been an active coach with the Piqua Youth Football Association for the past 4 years and when he is not working or attending his kids sporting events, Todd enjoys CrossFit and shooting guns. He is both excited and nervous for this opportunity to raise money for the Piqua Arts Council and to show off his smooth dance moves.
Kirk Nichols owns an American Family Insurance Agency that operates in Piqua and Troy. Kirk enjoys serving our community and has been an active board member for the Clear Creek Farm home for children since 2005. He is also a member of Piqua Rotary, Troy Kiwanis, Aullwood Nature Center board, and the finance committee at First United Methodist Church. Kirk chose to participate in Dancing with the Piqua Stars because he appreciates all the Piqua Arts Council does for the community and wants to add to its success in Piqua.
Kirk’s wife, Melissa Nichols serves as Community Awareness & Opportunities Director for the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, better known as Riverside - an agency with a long-standing partnership with the Piqua Arts Council. Melissa is involved in a variety of community activities including Piqua Optimists, Troy Kiwanis, Troy Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and many projects promoting adoptions from the Miami County Animal Shelter. She feels her participation in Dancing with the Piqua Stars is one small way to reciprocate the support the Piqua Arts Council has shown Riverside by featuring their artists for many years. Kirk & Melissa have two children, a son and daughter, that attend Troy Christian Schools.
Angie Ford is a mother to four beautiful children. She is the wife of Sean Ford, director of the Piqua Area United way, and she teaches 7th and 8th grade Language Arts at Piqua Junior High. Ford was born and raised in Piqua, Ohio by her parents Bob and Cyndi Cianciolo. Ford is a 1999 graduate of Lehman Catholic High School and a 2003 graduate of Bowling Green State University. Ford is an excellent teacher and an even better mother to her children. Ford loves to exercise and it is not odd to see her running outside early in the morning in single digit temperature. Ford is very excited about DWTPS and is eager to get started and help raise money for the PAC.
Her partner John Sloan moved to Piqua from Utah almost 11 years ago to be closer to family as he and his wife, Heidi, raise their 3 kids. All 3 kids are part of the Piqua City Schools, and his daughter currently plays basketball for PJHS. Besides running around with his kids, John enjoys working out with friends at No Mercy CrossFit, cycling with a local group of riders and generally being active outdoors. With young kids, the Sloan family stays active at the lake in the summers and recently started to do some glamping – because using a trailer with all the amenities cannot be called camping.
Currently, John works for a Milwaukee based company as their Director of Sales and travels all across the country to help support that team and the company growth. The position leads to a lot of travel, which is made much easier knowing that there is extended family and friends in town to help take some of the load from Heidi. John feels his partner, Angie Ford, scraped the bottom of the barrel to pick him, but together they look forward to helping raise money for a great organization that continues to give back to the community in so many positive ways. Plus, beating the Younce boys would be a whole lot of fun!
430 N. Main St.
Piqua, OH 45356
Dinner: 7 - 8pm
Dancing with the Piqua Stars is back, with a new cast, a top notch sponsor and another exciting competition.
On April 22, a new group of well-known community members will test new skills as they dance for charity at Piqua Arts Council’s sixth year of Dancing with the Piqua Stars sponsored by Mark Reedy at Thrivent Financial. The popular fundraising event is modeled after the long-running television series.
Five Piqua-area couples have been selected to compete under the expert direction of Liz Maxon, Jim Gover Jr. and Tammy Bellamy Chaney. Contestants will dance twice for the title on Saturday, April 22 at A Learning Place during an afternoon dessert matinee and an evening dinner performance.
Jared and Justin Younce are 21-year old twin singers and musicians who formed the hometown favorite country band called ReFlektion. They are graduates of Piqua High School and the International College of Broadcasting. They aspire to make their living playing country music full time one day.
Chrissy Latham was born and raised in Piqua. She has been married to Scott for 26 years and they have 3 great adult children. Tyler, who owns Branded Clothing in Piqua. Carrie Grace that is going to the Cincinnati School of Mortuary and their youngest Tate has got several business start ups in progress.
She is the proud owner of Glamour On Mane and gets to do what she love to do every day which is make people beautiful. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, traveling, and reading.
She is very happy to help raise money for the Piqua Arts council because without art and creativity her world and our world would not be such a beautiful place.
Her partner, Blair Elliott is the Owner of Elliott Land and Hardscaping, in Piqua Ohio. He is a proud Ohio University Bobcat Alum, and ONLA (Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association) Certified Nursery Technician. When asked to be a part of Dancing with the Piqua Stars, Blair was more than happy to participate and raise money for an organization that is a staple to the community, the Piqua Arts Council. When he is not working, Blair can be found staying active on the bike path, playing golf or basketball, traveling to visit friends or enjoying a nice craft beer.