OUR SHOW EMCEES
Hamp Elliott-Show Emcee
The committee, for Dancing with Vero’s Stars, claims to offer some of the best entertainment of the season at the popular annual event and part of that is thanks to the emcees who lend their trade and talent to making that happen.
Everyone in Indian River County knows Hamp Elliott, the show’s emcee for Dancing with Vero’s Stars for all nine years….or from listening to his daily show mornings from 6-10am on the very popular 97.1-OCEAN FM. Not only does Hamp get around Indian River County as well as points north and south hosting local events, he makes friends everywhere he goes! He is always on point, spontaneous, and enjoyable! Hamp has been a radio veteran for over 40 years on the Treasure Coast and he is committed to numerous community activities…while his star power is only exceeded by his lovely wife Valerie!
Tiffany Corr-Red Carpet Emcee
The Red Carpet to the entrance of Riverside Theatre is the spot where all the excitement begins. One-by-one, the dancers and their instructors are chauffeured to the red carpet by the sleek classy cars from Genesis where this year’s returning emcee will welcome them to the screaming crowds. Vero Beach’s own Tiffany Corr joins Dancing with Vero’s Stars with an “all-star” resume in broadcasting. For eight years she worked for NBC Sports as a sports reporter based out of New York City. Ms. Corr covered the Beijing Olympics, multiple Super Bowls, Notre Dame College football, MLB and NBA All-Star games, Nascar Awards Red Carpet, AMA Motocross, ski and snowboard competitions and the Westminster Dog Show. She co-hosted weekly Fantasy Football shows, Hardball Talk and Buzzer Beater and many more network sports shows. Tiffany also covered the New York Mets as the host of Mets Weekly and served as a fill-in reporter during games.
OUR SHOW JUDGES
Barry Johnson, Owner of Melbourne Ballroom, is originally from Long Island, New York. He started dancing at 7 years of age after watching the Fred Astaire movie “Top Hat”. He danced tap, jazz, and ballet for the next 11 years. During that time, he and his family moved to the Kansas City area.
Barry began ballroom in June of 1992 at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lenexa, Kansas. With them he completed training through his Silver level. He moved to TC Dance Studio in 1998 where he completed his Gold level dancing. He also became the studio’s Dance Director and Assistant Supervisor. Barry came to Melbourne to get away from the cold and icy winters of the Midwest. He is now living his dream by teaching, dancing, and competing, as well as being part owner of the ever growing Melbourne Ballroom, all while being married to the love of his life.
Returning to the judge’s panel for his third year is Vero Beach native Chris Foster. Chris began his love affair with the performing arts as a gospel singer at age of seven. He majored in voice and dance at Brevard College in North Carolina and began his career in theme parks and has performed lead roles on various cruise lines including the Norwegian Cruise Line SS Norway, The Crown Monarch and The Crown Jewel.
His talent received the attention of casting directors casting him in both principle and featured roles in productions in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Europe and Asia. Scouted by top modeling agencies in USA and Europe, he has appeared in television commercials, billboard advertising and print media for such prestigious clients as Levi’s, Coca Cola, Miller Genuine Draft and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger among others.
Mr. Foster has also choreographed world tours for celebrity artists such as Grammy Award winning Latin artist Luis Miguel. In 2003 he established FW Productions as the culmination of his years in performing and promotional venues and has created a company with fresh and innovative entertainment concepts featuring world-class performers and cutting-edge style.
Dee Rose Imbro
Finishing up the trio of Judges is the fourth year return of well-known, Vero Beach High School award-winning drama teacher of 31 years, well-seasoned actress, choreographer, director, and mentor to many hopeful thespians, “Miss” Dee Rose Imbro!
Dee landed in Vero Beach in 1983 as a professional performer, and has remained in the area for 34 years. Bitten by the “theatre bug” at the tender age of 4, she received her degree in Theatre/Musical Theatre from Shenandoah University. Once in Vero Beach, Dee professionally performed, choreographed and directed becoming the first recipient of the Riverside Theatre C. Carroll Otto award. Her acting credits and other achievements include Mama Rose in Gypsy at Riverside Theatre, and at Indian State College she performed as Ouiser in Steel Magnolias and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma.
Dee established the Annual VB High School Summer Drama Camp held each summer at Vero Beach High School and served as a District Chair on the Florida State Thespian Theatre board for 8 years. Throughout her teaching career her student competition troupes have continuously continued to win superior ratings for their performances at the district and state divisions. What Dee impresses upon her students is… no matter what level of performance they are, if it doesn’t come from the heart, it doesn’t mean a thing.
Ross Cotherman – Accountant
The fourth chair at the Judge’s dais is for Vero Beach’s version of Price Waterhouse-and that is local CPA, Ross Cotherman of Rehmann, who happily returns to oversee and authorize the voting tabulations. With over 30 years of accounting experience, Ross is in charge of Rehmann’s auditing services for the State of Florida, as well as a major supporter of local non-profit organizations. He is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County and to that end was named the Unsung Hero for his work with them, as voted by the National Philanthropy Day. Ross currently serves as the vice chairman of the Mental Health Association in Indian River and the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce.
Healthy Start Coalition
Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is the administrative office which oversees the funding and services for five programs; Healthy Start Services, MomCare, Babies & Beyond, Healthy Families, and Parents as Teachers. The Coalition is a not-for-profit agency whose core funding comes from the Florida Department of Health.
With close to 300 performances on three stages each year, Riverside Theatre is the area's only professional, not-for-profit theatre. It houses one of the state's only free-standing buildings dedicated to children's theatre and is one of a few theatres in Florida designated as a Cultural Institution. The theatre also has one of the largest subscribing audiences in Florida and attracts over 100,000 patrons annually.