Star: CH Chou
CH Chou has been promoting health and harmony since 2008 at Southern Oregon Periodontics. He is grateful to be able to enjoy the beauty of the Rogue Valley while providing care to its residents. In this time, CH has served on the Dental Society board, taught for the RCC dental assisting program, and volunteered for both the Oregon Mission of Mercy and the United Way Days of Caring. He earned his BS in Psychology at Duke, graduated with distinction from UNC Dentistry, and completed a residency at Ohio State achieving his MS & Certificate in Periodontology. He is published in the Journals of Dental Education & Dental Research. Recognized by the Academy of Oral Medicine, he maintains membership in the American Dental Association, Academy of Periodontology, & Academy of Laser Dentistry.
CH has always loved the performing arts and enjoys opportunities to sing, play music, and dance. He’s even gotten to act on the stages of the Collaborative Theatre Project and Camelot Theatre. CH was inspired by and dedicated his 2013 Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars performance to Bauer White, a Sparrow & son of friends Brandon and Lauren. Winning was the culmination of many weeks of dedicated practice with his indefatigable partner Emilie Wylde (who was victorious despite a broken rib!) while blessed by the tutelage of June Kranenburg. After 55 plus years of skillful dance instruction, June unexpectedly passed on the same year and the dance community misses her still. It was a privilege then for CH to pay it forward, share advice and enthusiasm with subsequent dancers, and see them succeed as well. He cherishes the friendships made and resolutely supports Sparrow Clubs, Matt, and Kena Sampson, for the undeniable positive impact their efforts make to improve health, empathy, caring, and love for our children and community.
Partner: Emilie Wylde Turner
Emilie Wylde Turner felt love for ballroom dancing the moment her feet first stepped onto that dance floor. Her first experience was like a “Star” dancing the Quickstep in 2010 and from that experience, she continued to take lessons, auditioned, and was thrilled to be chosen as a “Partner” in 2013. Sparrow Clubs does great work in our community and has the chance to speak into the lives of kids and change their trajectory and Emilie was happy to help support that mission. The countless hours spent in the ballroom with her “Star” partner CH Chou and her beloved choreographer June Kranenburg were times that she will never forget. June believed in her when she didn’t believe in herself. CH became an amazing friend who would send her articles of what foods she should eat when she had sore muscles after extra tough rehearsals. It was an incredible experience and one that she is forever grateful to have had.
Since DWTRVS, Emilie has had some changes in her life outside of the ballroom. In 2015, Emilie was hired as the CEO of Living Opportunities and was appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. In 2017, Emilie married her husband Brett. Along with their kids, they enjoy camping, boating, and exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
In 2019, doctors discovered a brain tumor and Emilie underwent 4 cranial surgeries in a little over a year. A lingering hope through all of the surgeries and subsequent therapies for Emilie was to get back into that ballroom, post-COVID-19, that is still her hope.