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Stars Our with Dancing

It is time for some of the county’s biggest “celebrities” to dust off their dancing shoes.

Hosted by Carteret Smart Start, Dancing with our Stars promises an evening of glam and glitter, including fabulous food, local celebrities, games, a silent auction and sparkling entertainment.  

This is the fifth year for the event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for sipping and conversation.  

Guests will be treated to a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the dance competition will begin at 7 p.m.  

In addition to the seven dance couples vying for the coveted championship trophy, there will be dance demonstrations from two local dance academies, Justice Elite Dance in Morehead City and Jessica’s Dance Academy in Swansboro.

The emcee for the event is Tom Kies, president of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.  The judges for the event are Cape Carteret Mayor Dave Fowler, Newport Mayor Dennis Barber, County Commissioner Bob Cavanaugh and resident Patti Freeman. 

There are three awards, the championship trophy for the most money raised overall, the judges’ favorite from the evening and the people’s favorite for the dance team raising the most money the night of the event. 

The overall winner for the evening will be the couple raising the most money for Carteret Smart Start and its programs.  

After the champions have been crowned, there will be plenty of time for attendees to take the dance floor and show their own dance skills.  

Tickets are available at the Carteret Smart Start office or through the event website, mhcdancingstars.com.

Tickets are $50 and $75, and include dinner, beer/wine and a night of dance. For more information, call Carteret Smart Start at 252-727-0440.

Listed are the dancing couples, as well as their provided biographies.

Adyline and Bryan Nicklow

At age 6, Adyline Nicklow is the youngest competitor this year.  She is originally from Anderson, S.C., but moved to Carteret County as an infant.  She is daughter of Andrew Nicklow and Ashley Allen, and caregiver to her Bernese mountain dog, Fiona, and cat, Chloe. Adyline likes a challenge, taking on the Penguin Plunge in 2016 as it youngest participant.

Her hobbies include dance, martial arts and music, including three years of studio dance experience.  When she’s not helping out in her grandfather’s bike shop, she and her grandfather, Bryan Nicklow, are exchanging dance moves, meshing Mr. Nicklow’s 80s moves with Adyline’s more contemporary ones. 

Mr. Nicklow is grandpa to Adyline and pet human to dog, Tonka. He is a native of Rockwood, Pa., but moved to North Carolina during active service in the U.S. Marine Corps.   

He is an avid recycler, passionate about finding usable items, fixing them and finding ways to reuse or otherwise sell them.

Following retirement from the Marine Corps in 2007, he settled in Carteret County and put his talents to work, opening Beach Wheels Bike Rentals and Island Encore Consignment Shop in 2009. 

His hobbies are music and bicycles. His experience may not be in dance, but he has traveled Australia’s Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles in time to catch the sunset.   

Donna Edwards and Kip Johnson

Donna Edwards is originally from Norfolk, Va., but settled in Carteret County in 1991.  She is the mother of two adult children, Justin and Deborah.  Ms. Edwards retired from legal services at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, serving four branches of the military during her career.

She has had two years of ballroom instruction and counts dancing as a true hobby.  She also enjoys volunteering in the community, shell hunting along the Crystal Coast beaches and is a yoga enthusiast.   

Ms. Edwards’ partner, Kip Johnson, is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1978, following graduation from the University of Wisconsin.  He retired from civil service at Quantico, Va., in 2012, and moved to Carteret County in 2014 to enjoy the beaches of the Crystal Coast. 

Mr. Johnson’s hobbies include completing home projects, strolling on the beaches, playing with his cocker spaniel and singing karaoke.  In addition to his experiences in the Navy, Mr. Johnson has also been in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, seen Elvis Presley in concert and is quite the aficionado at trivia. 

Lindsay and Matt Shortway

Lindsay and Matt Shortway are self-professed Yankees by birth and Southern by choice.  They grew up in New Jersey and New York, meeting in college at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. 

They originally came to the area with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2009.  Following Mr. Shortway’s 10 years of active duty service, they chose to move back to the area to pursue their dream of opening a brewery. 

Their dream became a reality in October 2017, when they opened Shortway Brewery in Newport. 

The Shortways stay busy between the brewery and their three children, Anna, Levi and Rachel, as well as their two dogs, Suri and Azure. 

Mr. Shortway enjoys fishing, bike riding and backyard sports with the children.  Ms. Shortway loves spending time crafting, baking with the children and taking trips to the beach. 

Both Mr. and Ms. Shortway are avid runners – Ms. Shortway has run three half-marathons in three states in the last three years and Mr. Shortway is currently training for his second marathon.

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