In over 15 years as a Performance Trainer, Jeff has relied on this fitness philosophy to help people in his hometown achieve and exceed their fitness and sport performance goals. Jeff works with professional and special needs athletes of all levels, but his passion is delivering his personal brand of "F-I-X Fitness" to Regina's amateur youth sport participants and everyday people looking for a great workout. Jeff motivates his clients in the gym with his enthusiasm and innovative workouts. Moreover, he encourages clients to test and defy their own limits beyond the confines of a typical gym environment. He loves creating unique fitness adventures and special events focused on exercise which demonstrate first-hand that physical fitness is a lifelong pursuit that can bond families, build friendships and bring simple enjoyment to one's life. Jeff is also a proud member of his local sports community serving as a certified soccer coach with FC Regina Soccer Club.
Jeff's Partner is Meghan
My name is Meghan Herom and I am a student at the U of R in my last semester studying Linguistics. I started dancing when I was 5 years old at Martin School of Dance. I continued dancing through my high school cheer and dance teams and in my first year of University I won Nationals with the U of R Cheer Team. For the past 4 years I have had the privilege of cheerleading on the Saskatchewan Roughriders Cheer Team which has allowed me to gain some amazing experiences. I met my dance partner, Jeff, through Riders as he was the team's trainer and I have enjoyed training with him ever since. He's always challenged me to push my limits higher than I think I am capable of so I'm looking forward to being the one to coach him through this worthy cause.
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Owner and President, (better known as "Brewed Mom") of Brewed Awakening, Lisa believes having her Coffee is the first and best part of any early morning.
Born and raised a Regina girl, she enjoys dedicating her time serving, and being involved in the community.
Her most favourite role in life is being a mom/stepmom to 4 awesome kids and having the privilege to share in their growth, dreams, and accomplishments.
While Jazzercise has been one of her favourite pastimes, learning the Cha Cha and performing on stage will definitely be waaaay out of her comfort zone. She says raising lots of money (hint hint), will help calm the nerves and is the perfect way to further connect with the community!!
I had so much fun at SWTS last year with my friend Whitney, and I can't believe we are both dancing in it this year! Now she's my competitor. ha! Let the fundraising begin!
Lisa's partner is Vaughn
Vaughn and his dance partner Dani recently became World Salsa Summit Champions in Miami, 2018! They placed first in the Amateur Salsa On2 category and are extremely excited that all their hard work paid off. Next to dance, Vaughn loves coffee, so what better pairing than the queen of coffee, Lisa MacMurchy. Vaughn and Lisa are ready to break out of their shell and give you the performance of a lifetime.
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Yaya is a cheeseburger lover and shoe connoisseur, in that order. She is also one part creator of fat babies, one part resident marketer of poutines and one part hobby enthusiast. She loves spending her time conquering happy hours, enduring the trials and tribulations of her (tiny a**hole) first born and avoiding all forms of regulated physical activity, until now... Catch me embarrassing myself on April 28th, thanks in advance for your thoughts and prayers!!
Yaya's partner is Eddy
Dancing almost his whole life, Eddy is a self-taught hip-hop/street dancer with a huge love for dance. With a little bit of experience in house and urban lyrical, Eddy is a big believer in meshing all styles of dance to gain the best growth. In his high-school career, Eddy, along with a few childhood friends, started a bboy/breakdance crew and has performed at cheerleading competitions, basketball half-time shows, grand openings and other special events. Eddy's strong passion for dance will stay with him for the rest of his life
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Whitney Lupastin is the Director of Club Operations & part-owner of 1621 Club. Whitney was born and raised in Regina Saskatchewan. She got her Bachelor of Marketing Degree and Certificate in Public Relations through the University of Regina. Through many roles within Regina Whitney has always stayed involved in community events and fundraisers. Whitney plays soccer and frisbee and claims to be the furthest thing from a dancer, as such she welcomes the challenge to learn something new. Whitney loves a new challenge and thinks being out of your comfort zone is when a person grows the most!
Whitney's partner is Imo
Imo Ekong is a local Entrepreneur and businessman born and raised is Saskatchewan. One of Imo's passions is dancing of which he has done for almost a decade. Imo's dance journey first began with ballroom. Over the past 5+ years, Imo has become a very active member of the salsa dancing community. At last year's Swinging with the Stars event Imo and his partner Rachel Mielke took home the Crowd Favourite title!
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Marty was raised on a cattle and grain farm in Carnduff, Sask., in the heart of oil country. A cowboy at heart, he moved to Saskatoon and earned a degree in agriculture science from the University of Saskatchewan.
After a decade in sales and marketing, Marty spent five years as CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, Canada’s largest livestock show and exhibition, where he was highly successful in boosting the show’s pro le. Marty was recently named a CBC Future 40 recipient for contributions to the community. He currently serves on the Four Horse Developments board – a corporation working to advance economic prosperity for Sakimay First Nations.
Marty is an active runner and recovering rodeo cowboy who, when he’s not chasing after his two kids, also enjoys international travel.
Marty's partner is Nikki
Nikki began dancing at the ripe age of 19 years old. She joined the Regina Ballroom Dance Club and instantly fell in love. From there she started competing in United Country Western Dance Council, or UCWDC, in the pro-am division. She has recently returned from a one year hiatus after the birth of her first child, and is very much looking forward to being involved in Swinging with the Stars!
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The base of this young mother/business professional’s success is deeply rooted in her strong values, passion for life, and a tireless commitment to contribute to positive change and continued growth. Her list of accomplishments continues to grow, as she is always looking for the next big idea or collaboration.
Candyce shares her time between her two businesses Shear Escape Salon & Spa, where she is able to follow her passion connecting with her guests behind the chair each week; and The Style Academy, where she continually works to bring industry leading education to the next generation of professionals. She works to foster a culture that empowers her teams, students, and industry professionals so all can leverage their earning potential through education, goal setting and living happy, fulfilled lives.
The idea of dancing immediately made her insecure but when she shifted her focus to telling a story in their "inspirational interpretive foxtrot" of the journey it takes to find that strength within, a comfort came over her. Candyce is inspired by the strong community spirit t here and feels it’s an absolute gift that hopes home exists for our families. Look out for your opportunity to get pampered while raising money for this great organization!
Candyce's partner is Conrad
Conrad Ehmann has been a professional ballroom dance instructor since 1989. He has won numerous awards in both pro/am and pro/pro dance competitions. He has trained with some of the best coaches in North America. Technique is very important to Conrad and feels that is precedent! Conrad participated as a professional partner for last year’s Swinging with the Stars event, and is excited to bring his knowledge and expertise to the second annual event!
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Dr. Payam Dehghani is the Director of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease clinic, an interventional cardiologist and co-founder of the non profit Prairie Vascular Research Network. His most impressive feat, however, is marrying the woman of his dreams and raising three amazing sons. While he has been known to sing and move rhythmically as he works on cardiac patients, his most impressive performing-arts achievement occurs on a weekly basis in his living room at family dance parties.
Payam's partner is Danielle
Dani is a Latin dancer that loves blending different styles of dance and incorporating new and non-traditional moves in her dancing. Most recently, she and her dance partner Vaughn won the title of World Champions for the Amateur Salsa on2 division at the World Salsa Summit 2018 in Miami. Dani is so excited to be able to dance for this great cause and can’t wait to serve you some spicy salsa! (And we're not talking about nachos, people)!
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Councillor Joel Murray was born and raised in the heart of Ward 6 Regina. He attended the University of Regina where he studied Business Administration. In 2010 he and his family formed a local insulation business. He spends much of his time assessing building integrity and efficiencies in many of Regina's existing homes.
After being elected in 2016 his primary focus is on safer communities, youth engagement, affordable housing, sustainable development, and reconciliation. Councillor Murray brings unique insight and experience to the challenges and opportunities that face youth in Regina
Joel's partner is Maria
Maria’s passion for dance began when she started dancing at the age of 6. This passion grew as she began teaching and choreographing at her hometown dance studio in Montmartre, SK. When she began studying education at the University of Regina she auditioned for a spot on the U of R dance team and was an active member from 2015-2017. In 2017, Maria began teaching barre fitness at Project Barre Studio in Regina. You can find her at Project Barre almost every day teaching classes, working on new moves or welcoming you at the front desk. Maria spends her Friday nights at Martin School of Dance teaching Hip Hop classes as well. You could even say that Maria lives, breathes (and even dreams!) of dance and fitness!