Matthew Hizer

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Matthew Hizer is excited and honored to be dancing for Charlie's House in the 2019 BMA Foundation Dancing with the Stars Event. Charlie's House is building the Nation's First Safety Demonstration home in 2019 that will help prevent accidents and injuries around the home.

Matt works as a Sr. Engineering Manager at Honeywell living in Kansas City off and on since 2001. Matt has been married to his beautiful wife Jonelle for almost 15 years and they have one son Nolan who cannot wait to see his Dad showcase his dancing skills and share the YouTube videos to all of his friends. Matt grew up in the St. Louis area and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Mechanical Engineering Degree and later Avila University with a MBA.

Matt brings an exciting repertoire of dance moves that range from the sprinkler to the vending machine that he perfected in wedding receptions and dance floors all over Missouri. He is trying to become the first BMA Foundation Event winner for BOTH the donations and dance competition.

Matthew will be dancing with Krista True Derington.

Krista True Derington

Krista hails from Orem, Utah where she trained from a young age in Jazz, Modern, Ballet and Ballroom dance. She had a successful Amateur Ballroom career, becoming a finalist and even champion at local and National NDCA sanctioned competitions in all styles of ballroom. Krista has a degree in Dance Education with a minor in Ballroom Dance from Brigham Young University. While attending BYU, she had the opportunity to dance and compete with the Ballroom Tour Team and Contemporary Dance Theater. During that time she completed 8 major performance tours; the majority of them touring the US, China, and Hong Kong. One of her most memorable tours included performing for the Pre-Olympic shows and government in China for the 2008 Olympics. After graduating from BYU, she earned an MFA in Modern Dance at the University of Utah and also became a certified Licentiate Ballroom Teacher through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. During her time at the University of Utah she was the Artistic Director & main choreographer for the U Ballroom Dance Company; directing and producing three shows for the 45 student company. Simultaneous to her graduate studies she joined the ranks as a professional competitor of American Smooth. She has been a Rising Star, Open Professional, and Open Professional Show Dance finalist all over the US. The most prestigious award she has received as a professional was 4th place in American Smooth at the United States Dance Championships in 2016 with past partner Martin Tomaszewski. She has recently paired up with her new partner Johnny Francoviglia and they plan on competing together in Smooth soon! If you ever ask her what her favorite style of dance is, she most likely will not answer because she loves all of it!

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