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Star: Justin Woodside

Justin Woodside, graduate of Oregon State University, is a native Oregonian who moved to Southern Oregon from Lake Oswego in 2001. He is a father of two children, Keelie 8 and Adler 5 and husband to his wife of 11 years, Jeanetta Woodside, graduate of University of Oregon.

In 2009, Justin started his insurance career in Southern Oregon and is grateful to be a partner at Focus1 Insurance Group. Justin jumped at the chance to participate in the Sparrow Clubs’ dance competition as part of supporting the local community and adding to the list of excellent charities that he supports through Focus1. Justin has a little dance background: while at college, he was a member of the Oregon State Elite Hip Hop Dance Team for 3 years. He says, “1990’s hip-hop and ballroom dancing are completely different!” So he is hoping for the best. Justin is looking forward to performing before his children. His daughter, Keelie, has performed for Studio Roxander’s Surealia and The Nutcracker.

Justin enjoys playing softball at the US Cellular fields, fishing in the local rivers and lakes and spending time in the outdoors camping with his family.

Partner / Instructor: Cori Grimm

Cori is the office manager of the Evergreen Ballroom and the owner of Up And Dancing, teaching Ballroom, Latin and Swing in Medford and Ashland. She is also the Executive Director of the Open Floor Community Ballroom Association and coordinator for the Southern Oregon Youth Ballroom Competition. This is her seventh year choreographing for Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars.

Cori’s life calling is to build community through partner dancing. Her emphasis is on social dancing — having fun is a must! But, she also enjoys the creativity of choreography. She loves to get people of all ages hooked on dancing and is thrilled to get to work with so many kind, fun and interesting people, including Justin, who also happens to be her insurance agent!

Dancing is a family affair. Cori is grateful to her supportive husband and dance partner of 20+ years, John Ourant, for keeping the twinkle in her toes. Cori and John are the proud parents of two (dancing) kids, Calin and Alex. Cori would like to thank her dad, Bill Grimm, and his wife, Marilee, who share her passion for dance and who do so much to support her and the whole dancing community.