Star: Justin Woodside
I am a native Oregonian who moved to Southern Oregon from Lake Oswego in 2001. I am a father of two children, Keelie 12 and Adler 9 and husband to my wife of 15 years, Jeanetta Woodside (University of Oregon).
In 2009, I started my insurance career in Southern Oregon and am grateful to be a partner at Focus1 Insurance Group. I 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 we support through Focus1. I have a little dance background while at college I was a member of the Oregon State Elite Hip Hop Dance Team for 3 years. I enjoy playing men’s baseball at the US Cellular fields, fishing in the local rivers and lakes, and spending time in the outdoors camping with my family. I am really looking forward to traveling for softball and baseball with my kids’ teams this next year as a bleacher dad supporting their love of the game.
Shortly after performing in the 2016 DWTRVS – I was on a high being in front of an audience again with the level of excitement and performance anxiety that comes with it. I love that feeling of “do it or else.” I enjoy the competition and feel lucky to have had one of the best partners out on the dance floor teaching me the Viennese Waltz, in Corrie Grimm. In our introduction phone call Corrie asked me – “Are you competitive?” “Yes” was my reply. She asked me “What do I want from the Event?” I said, “To raise money for Sparrow Clubs, compete for the judges’ trophy, and have a video of me performing an elegant dance well.” We did it!
Partner: Cori Grimm
Cori Grimm wears many hats. She has been teaching Ballroom, Latin, and Swing to people of all ages in Medford and Ashland for 15 years as the owner of Up And Dancing. She manages the Evergreen Ballroom and is the Executive Director of the Open Floor Community Ballroom Association which sponsors an annual youth ballroom competition. While her main love is social dancing, she also enjoys performing and choreography. She considers building community through ballroom dance to be her life’s calling. These passions come together in proudly supporting Sparrow Clubs through Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars since its inception — helping to build a community of service-minded individuals who also love to dance!
Dancing is a family affair! Cori began dancing with her father, Bill Grimm, in high school. They still dance together regularly along with his wife, Marilee, at the Evergreen. Cori’s dancing husband and ballroom DJ, John Ourant, keeps the twinkle in her toes, and her now-grown children, Calin and Alex, obligingly let Mom teach them, too. Passing along the joy of dance, inspiring people to get out, have fun, exercise, and connect with other people through dance has been a challenge this year. But, thanks to some similarly dedicated (addicted?) dance friends, the community continues to thrive and grow.
While it is personally gratifying to reconnect with the fabulous star, Justin, who brought home the mirror ball trophy (woohoo!) with his excellent execution of a Viennese Waltz, Cori hopes that people will take this opportunity to recognize the value of Sparrow Clubs in our community. It’s a difficult time to ask for and to give support, but growing service-minded young people who see that they can make a difference in others’ lives is a hugely worthwhile investment. Please help if you can!