City Mayor braves heat with fire captain

Heather Moreno returns to Dancing with Our Stars as the Community Dancer for the Friends of the Atascadero Library, she will be dancing with Rod Ware, a retired fire captain. (Contributed photo)

ATASCADERO — Heather Moreno’s first connection with Dancing With Our Stars (DWOS) was as a Community Star in 2014 and she has been part of the program every year since then. Heather is an accomplished dancer and actress and her appearances in the vignettes between Community Star dances have included a wide range of roles and dance styles. She has a childhood background in jazz and tap lessons and dance continues to be an important part of her life as an adult. After her gratifying dance experience in 2014, she convinced Mike, her husband, to take dance lessons with her and she is pleased to say that they are now a dancing couple. She is excited to be returning as a Community Star this year, to raise money for the Friends of the Atascadero Library.
A native Californian and an Atascadero resident since 2004, Moreno is self-employed as the owner of Weight Breakthrough, working with professionals who want to make good choices for health and weight and supporting her clients in creating a simpler, effective lifestyle plan. Her leisure activities are dancing (naturally), hiking, reading, and good conversation. She recently learned to hip-hop and break dance from DWOS stalwart Eddie Rodriguez.
She tells us: “I read a lot! I use the library personally and am honored to support the organization that built and continues to support this community gem.” She is a licensed CPA and she self-reports as “loving numbers.” She also has a master’s in Theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary.  
While she has not felt called to the ministry, she shares, “My time at Fuller and my journey since, informs everything I do, from my business and how I work with clients to all the ways I’m involved in my community, and even to my personal relationships. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had and the effects continue to reverberate through my life today.”
Community-minded Moreno is a member of the Atascadero City Council and is the City’s mayor-elect. She volunteers monthly for ECHO, is a member of the Lighthouse Committee, is an active member and sponsor of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and attends community fundraisers throughout the year.
Moreno’s dance partner and choreographer is the exciting Rod Ware, who is returning to the DWOS stage after an impressive duet with Linda Drake in 2014. After a successful career as a firefighter, during which he rose to the rank of captain, Ware retired to focus on his passion for dance. Ware brings to dance the same energy that he brought to firefighting. It is not difficult to imagine the man who forcefully attacked fires as the man who uses dance to convey feeling and tell a story. He is a student, performer and teacher affiliated with the San Luis Obispo School of Ballet Theatre. He also produces, choreographs and directs Fire House Rock productions. He notes that he has never performed with a city mayor before and congratulates her on her adventurousness!
Vote for Moreno by going to the www.friendsoftheatascaderolibrary.org/2019-tickets; click on DWOS; then click on donate by Moreno’s name. Be sure to check the DWOS page on the FOAL website for information about fundraising events being held for Community Star dancers in the coming weeks.
Atascadero’s Dancing with our Stars is scheduled on March 21, 22 and 23, 2019, at the Pavilion on the Lake. Opolo Vineyards is the exclusive wine sponsor. Catered buffet dinner by Pacific Harvest Catering. Tickets will be sold online starting Jan. 14. Event sponsors receive best seats prior to public ticket sale. Interested in sponsoring? Contact Jeannie Malik at [email protected] prior to Dec. 31. Interested in donating a silent auction item? Contact Linda Zirk at  [email protected]

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