Thank you to our 2022 dancers for a fabulous event! See you all on June 3, 2023!

Dine and Dance with the Stars is a competition based on the hit tv show Dancing with the Stars. Local “celebrities” dance to raise money for the charities BMA supports. They are partnered with local professional dancers. The person who gets the most votes ($20 per vote) becomes the grand champion and takes home the coveted mirror ball. Professional dancers from the ABC television show join us as judges, as well as perform and auction off dances with themselves. Emcees for 2023 are 610 Sports Bob Fescoe and KMBZ 98.1 radio anchor Amy Anderson.

2023 Dancers

Meg Burke-STM for All

Meg Burke-STM for All

Bio

From dance mom to ballroom star, Meg Burke is ready to tear up the dance floor for St. Thomas More! A Kansas City native, Meg is deeply involved and passionate about her community. She has a BSE with a minor in Special Education from Pittsburgh State University and has also earned a Master of Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Avila. 

For thirteen years she has had the privilege of being the Inclusive Education teacher at St. Thomas More. These extraordinary children are not just students to Meg, they are her kids. Their hard work and dedication have taught her more lessons than she has taught them. Her goal is to improve the special education program and help secure its future for the generations of talented kids to come. 

In her day-to-day, Meg enjoys spending time with her husband Troy and her multitalented daughter, and STM student, Amelia. She is an avid reader and loves shopping local businesses. When basketball season starts you can hear Meg cheering on her Jayhawks for miles around!  

Meg’s friends and family will tell you that she doesn’t like to lose and won’t stop hustling until she has the trophy in her hand! Meg is honored to be chosen to represent STM for this year’s Dine and Dancing with the Stars event and can’t wait to meet you on the dance floor! 

Shannon Fischer- Bags of Fun

Shannon Fischer- Bags of Fun

Bio
Shannon was born in Boone County Hospital in Columbia, MO on November 28, 1970 to Keith and Bonnie Connell. We take you back to this date not to show you how old she is but because we believe her birth just may have predestined her for this very dancing competition!  You see… Shannon came into this world “feet first” to a room of 30 doctors and nurses witnessing an entrance that not many at that time had seen. Her mother BonBon, as she is most affectionately and commonly known, has always told her that she hit the ground running “feet first” and since then she hasn’t stopped. And now these feet will be making their debut on the ballroom floor!  Shannon’s new mantra… FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! 
 
And indeed those feet have kept her on the move over the years. Growing up in KC she attended STM and St.Teresa’s Academy and since she left for college in Tucson, Arizona she has moved all around the country and lived in 10 other cities. 
 
And the movement doesn’t stop there. Shannon literally moves for a living. She has been practicing yoga for close to 25 years and she loves sharing her passion for yoga as a yoga teacher. Helping others feel good and find ways to connect and find more unity in their practice and in the world is one of her greatest passions. But her greatest joy and achievement to date is being a mother. She met her husband George in Chicago when she was 45 and having never given up on her dream to become a mother, she became a step-mother to their daughter Emily at age 46 and a mother to Jackson Jai at age 48. She and George moved their family home to KC within the past year to be close to her family and raise their own here. 
 
She is a long time friend of the Anselmo family and fondly recalls their carpooling days and running around the wild and crazy streets of Verona Hills in her maroon TransAm.  She also has a long-standing friendship with Louisa Neenan Weinrich and the Neenan family and is honored to be dancing to support the BMA Foundation and Bags of Fun KC to help raise money to deliver a little more hope and joy to children suffering from cancer and other life threatening illnesses. It is her hope that the money raised through BMA’s Dine & Dance with the Stars will continue to greatly help all the organizations represented and all those in need of the extra love and support that comes from community and coming together in loving support. 
Katie Hensler- Charlie's House

Katie Hensler- Charlie's House

Bio

Katie’s life has always revolved around playing with, teaching and inspiring children! From the moment she was old enough to hold a child, she was, and her greatest wish in life has always been to be a Mom.

She graduated from Missouri State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology and spent the first 7 years of her career as an SLP, helping children and families in Early Childhood Special Education for Springfield Public Schools, until she was finally a Mom of two herself! Katie and her husband Dean, settled in Kansas City and set up home in their beloved neighborhood, Weatherby Lake (yes, north of the river!). They enjoy all things outdoors and travel every chance they get.

Katie loves her work as a private SLP and her side gig as a skincare consultant, but what she loves most right now is being a Mom and volunteering. Her children, Derrick (12) and Lexi (10), are the inspiration for everything she does. She’s also a very proud aunt, wife, sister, and daughter, and above all a follower of the Almighty, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Most days Katie can be found “dancing” her way around the Northland, running her kids to and from school, sports and volunteering. She usually has a child or two…or three in tow (even if they aren’t her own). She loves to start her day dancing through a Jazzercise workout too and is really hopeful to take all that dancing up a notch with lessons from James! She is excited about the great things the BMA Foundation is doing and is honored to be representing Charlie’s House, an organization that loves kids as much as she does and is dedicated to preventing accidents and injuries to children in and around the home. Let’s do this!

Gretchen McGraw- BMA Foundation

Gretchen McGraw- BMA Foundation

Bio

Hey there my name is Gretchen Graber McGraw. I’m the owner of FitWear Boutique. As a child I always had a love for fashion and clothes.  I also started running in middle school to help with anxiety and mental health.  Growing up I was given the opportunity and love of travel by my parents. I went on my first trip to Mexico in middle school and fell in love with the colors and vibrancy of a completely different culture. After getting my degree in Dental Hygiene at Wichita State I used it to further my cultural experience.  I went to Russia and between exploring St. Basils and the GUM in Moscow I did dental work at orphanages.  Along the way back to settling in KC I lived in New York and Detroit.  Both of those stops added another layer to my fashion and cultural experience.  

In 2012, living in Overland Park, Kansas, I asked my girlfriend if I could open a lil shop in her Pilates studio, merging two of my favorite things, my love for clothes and working out.  That was the beginning of FitWear Boutique.  My whole idea was to bring in clothes that allow working out to fit in to your lifestyle not interrupt it.  I love smaller Made in USA brands, Women owned businesses, lines that give back to their community and being comfy and cute is super important too! I travel for inspiration and to bring back things that are different than big box stores provide.  This year I had the opportunity to celebrate 8 years of being open by opening my first brick in mortar in Prairiefire!  It was definitely a pinch me moment to look around at all the people who have come in to my life since starting in the studio.  

Along with running FitWear I am a designated Uber driver for my two amazing and athletic kiddos.  My son Lawson (15) is a freshman at Blue Valley West.  He enjoys playing football and his Gym buddies crew.  My lil mini me Leighton (14) plays soccer for Sporting Blue Valley.  She is finishing middle school at Lakewood Middle. I am super excited to get to dance and be a part of the BMA foundation.  I feel blessed to be able to give back to this community that I have been a part of for the last 15 years! xo G 

Holly Miriani- The Dream Factory KC

Holly Miriani- The Dream Factory KC

Bio

My name is Holly Miriani, but many people call me Mama Holly. I earned this nickname by giving birth to six children. Also, I work for my daughter, Margaret, who is the owner and manager of Platinum Title and my other two daughters work for Platinum Title too, so many co-workers and clients call me Mama as well.

I started dancing when I was very young and I have always loved it. Dancing has always come easily for me, or so I thought that it came easy! When I attended Dine and Dance with the Stars in 2021, my daughter bid for me to dance with Artem, a Dancing with the Stars cast member. As I walked out on the dance floor with this handsome, wonderful dancer, he asked if he could spin me. Thinking that it would be only a little spin, I said sure. When we stopped, I could barely tell up from down! Artem was on one knee and I was awkwardly squatting and teetering until I fell on the floor! I was grateful that Artem tried to make it look like picking me up was part of the dance. I was a bit embarrassed but not so much that I was hooked. I knew I could do better, much better!

I asked my daughter if she would support me to dance and compete in Dine and Dance with the Stars 2023. There are some advantages to working for your daughter. How do you say no to your mother?

Having the ability to dance and raise money for The Dream Factory is a dream come true for me! I am so excited! My husband, Joe, is supportive of me training for this event and socially dancing in the KC area. That’s because we made a deal. Joe and I cycle together, which is his passion and so he has promised to come back to dance with me when we are both retired, which will be in 2024. I am looking forward to that!

When I’m dancing, nothing else exists. I am completely devoted to following my leader, moment –to-moment. We let the music take us and it all seems natural, easy and fun.
Thank you in advance for your support!

DJ Nolen- BMA Foundation

DJ Nolen- BMA Foundation

Bio

Bio coming soon!

Melissa Sherwood-BMA Foundation

Melissa Sherwood-BMA Foundation

Bio

Melissa Sherwood, know to family and friends as the Energizer Bunny, is a go-getter who is up for any challenge!  She is truly honored to be part of Dine and Dance with the Stars and to contribute to so many worthy charities.  As the youngest of 3 children, Melissa spent her elementary and high school years in the Blue Valley School District where she has now enjoyed 24 years teaching kindergarten.  Melissa is grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference every day in children’s lives.  At her school, Stilwell Elementary, she is a much-loved and highly respected educator. 

KU is where Melissa earned her education degree. Rock Chalk!  Her Master’s degree is from Baker University.  Melissa’s three awesome children have followed in her footsteps by valuing educational goals while achieving success in club and school soccer.   Emma (24) and Ben (22) are also both KU graduates!  Rock Chalk! Graycen (14) is a high school freshman.  Jax, the family’s golden retriever, is a trained therapy dog and has brought laughter and joy to many nursing home patients.  He patiently tolerates his pesky goldendoodle brother, Hudson. 

Melissa plunges enthusiastically into any project!  For her home, she builds furniture, lays tile and hardwood floors, does electrical work, and even some plumbing projects.  Melissa says she learned so many of these skills by tagging along as a child with her dad.  These days she says, “if you can’t figure it out, You Tube can!” Melissa plans to dance like a star for the BMA charities, counting on her childhood dance lessons to carry her through.  It is with lots of pride that she will perform in  Dine and Dance with the Stars to benefit some many charitable organizations.

KidsTLC

KidsTLC

Bio

Dancer to be announced soon!

TeamSmile

TeamSmile

Bio

Dancer to be announced soon!

 

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