Star: Troy Kelly
Back in season 2 of DWTRVS Troy was a radio DJ providing music and laughs from 10 am – 2 pm on 107.5 KISS FM, among various other duties at Bicoastal Media. In the time since Troy won his pair of trophies, Judges and People’s Choice in 2010, Troy has stayed in contact with Sparrow Clubs by helping Jewett Elementary and Mae Richardson Elementary share compassion with their own Sparrows and support some great students and their families. Troy moved on from the radio world in 2012 and eventually began working as a classroom aid at Jewett Elementary in the Central Point School District. During this time Troy realized that was where he was meant to be and decided to follow his dream of becoming a teacher. While working at Jewett, he enrolled in the education program through Southern Oregon University, where he would later graduate with honors and his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He is currently teaching 4th grade at Mae Richardson Elementary in Central Point. Teaching is a little different these days due to COVID, but Troy still makes every effort to connect with his students through his daily morning messages, Zoom meetings, and even though LIPI’s (Limited in Person Instruction). Troy enjoys spending time with his wife, Jen their 6 kids, Riley(22), Rachel(18), Andrew(15), Brady(14) Caitlyn(13), Autumn(13), and their granddaughter Elli. Troy and his family enjoy camping, road trips, watching movies, and spending time at home. When he’s not teaching and entertaining his students in the classroom or being a busy husband/father/teacher, Troy enjoys watching football, catching up on The Walking Dead, or just relaxing with his wife.
Partner: Michelle Slaughter
I feel like another lifetime has gone by since I was part of this amazing show. Has it really been that long? Dancing has always been like entering another realm; so beautiful, calming, and exciting all-in-one. Being a part of this show combined what I love, along with helping children which were inspiring and exhilarating. There are so many great memories of dancing for this show. One of the best memories I have is working alongside my favorite person, June Kranenburg. We put together the most unique and amazing routines with each partner. Many memories of each partner, each routine, the music, each person I met along the way and each child we helped are what I hold close to my heart. Each dance routine had at least 3 versions of the song mixed together to create the most vibrant and unique routine to dance to. This included my partner that loved the Paso Doble, to my partner that wanted to dance in shorts to the Bugle Boy, to my partner that had energy and beyond enough to dance to Footloose. This also included my partner who danced To the Silvery Moon with me being Betty Boop. I can still close my eyes today and hear each and every song and see the dance routine in my mind. These routines we put together were not the only ballroom but a bit of a twist combining hip hop and other styles making dancing each year so very fun, inspirational, and uniquely individualized. Being a part of this organization that helps children was amazing and an honor. I am so lucky to have been a part of it. Since then…….I am wherever my 2 daughters Andria (15) and Julia (12) are. I support them in everything they do, from their education to cheering them on at every swim meet or sporting event they are involved in. I am committed to health and fitness and to inspire my daughters to be healthy and amazing young individuals.