Becky Hamrick

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Catholic school girl, mother of two amazing daughters, Nana to three amazing grandchildren. I have a passion and huge heart for homeless animals and a huge dog lover. I raised my daughters on my own as a single mother. I bartended for over 20 years for my father, Bobby Baker, and a few other places in the Waldo area. I worked hard and long and it paid off. I was able to purchase Bobby Baker's Lounge from my father in January 2013. Still bartending and loving every minute of it.

Becky will be dancing with Gil Maldonado.

Gil Maldonado

Gil has a passion for dancing. He began dancing as a young child when his mother taught him Salsa and Merengue. The dancing bug never left him and at 22 years of age he became an instructor after studying with professionals in Kansas City. He was immediately headlined as a Latin Specialist. Over the years he has broaden his expertise. The dance he most enjoys is the West Coast Swing. He can be creative and playful with this dance. He competes nationally and locally. Because of his experience Gil excels at making his students feel comfortable, positive and happy while they are learning. His love and knowledge of all dance is evident if you spend any time at all with him.

Born in Puerto Rico, Gil then moved to several states until he landed in Harrisonville, Missouri at the age of 13. He is one of four boys all raised by a strong and determined mother and grandmother. Gil played football, basketball, soccer, and ran track. His athleticism is obvious in his dancing. He is 34 years old and father to Mason, 13, and Carmen, 5. They mean the world to him and they are his greatest accomplishment. Dancing for Gil is part of everything he does. It relaxes him, helps him cope, decreases his stress and anxiety and most importantly it defines him. Gil brings this emotion and enthusiasm to his students.

Gil believes in giving back to his community and does so by participating in charity dance events and by helping others in need throughout the community.

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