Judge Carolyn Wonacott
Carolyn agreed to be a judge for Dancing with the Shuswap Stars “because she was asked”. Carolyn is very happy to help out even though she epitomizes the quote: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”
The Shuswap has been home to Carolyn and her family for twelve years. She is well known in our community as the artistic director of Shuswap Dance Centre. The exploration of dance has been her passion and profession for most of her adult life. She has lived and worked in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, California and Mexico and has always been busy with either performing or teaching dance. Her favourite style of dance is ballet. She has enjoyed chaperoning trips to California and New York for her senior pupils to give them the opportunity to explore dance career opportunities.
Carolyn and her husband Kevin, as well as their two daughters, enjoy all that the beautiful Shuswap area has to offer. They own and operate Shuswap Total Fitness and Junglemania.
Phil has lived in the Shuswap for 23 years and loves the natural landscape, lakes, forests, mountains, vibrant arts scene, culture, agricultural and outdoor community and Shuswap trails. As head of the Shuswap Trail Alliance he enjoys his relationships with so many people through the region and has especially enjoyed understanding our place here within Secwepemc Nation Territory. Phil has been very involved at Larch Hills as a skier, snow shoer, hiker, biker, environmental conservationist, Jackrabbit leader as well as a being involved in the planning, designing, building and maintenance of trails.
We’re glad that Phil has accepted the challenge of learning something new, even with the potential that includes, as he says, “humiliation in front of everyone”. We’re sure that as a Judge this year he will be exceptional.
Judge David Izik-Dzurko
David is an active member of the Larch Hills Nordic Society and has been an announcer for a number of provincial ski club events. His dancing experience goes back to grade seven standing against the gym wall for most of Stairway to Heaven, before working up the nerve to ask a girl to dance. Now he is a “dance dad” supporting the efforts of his ballerina daughter. David has choreographed dozens of musicals as a music teacher and music theatre director. He has performed in choirs, concert bands, operas, rock bands and as an Elvis impersonator. We thank David for taking on the role of judge again this year.
MC Jared King
Coming off a scintillating Salsa routine which he performed two years ago with his wife Andi, Jared returns to us this year as Master of Ceremonies. He did a great job as MC last year and we look forward to having him behind the microphone again this year, but please Jared get over being “Runner-Up” when you and your wife ripped up the dance floor with your mercuric Salsa routine back in 2017.
Jared has lived in Salmon Arm for ten years and he and his wife have four wonderful children as well as a dog. As an administrator in the school district, Jared has had many opportunities to be behind a microphone. We are honored to have Jared as our MC this year.