Two dance lovers and the master teacher

Left to right, Frank Sanchez is the choreographer, Jan Lynch is the Community Star and dance partner Charlie Bradley is raising funds for the Humane Society. (Contributed photo)

ATASCADERO — Enthusiastic and personable Jan Lynch will be the Community Star for Atascadero Kiwanis at the 2019 Dancing With Our Stars (DWOS). This long-time Atascadero resident (32 years) is new to DWOS, but not new to dance. She was an aerobic dance instructor for many years and has taken lessons in various dance forms such as clogging and line dancing.
Jan is retired from the hospitality industry but she is not retired from community involvement.    She served on the Board of Directors for the North County Humane Society for many years and is currently on the Woods Humane Society Board. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Awakening Ways Spiritual Community. Jan’s passion for animals extends to TLC Pet Sitting, which she owns with her husband Patrick. She teased us with a story about flying with a baby skunk in her carry-on during a Miami to New York trip. The skunk slept at her feet throughout the trip and no-one was the wiser. Ask Jan if you want more details!
Kiwanis will direct the funds earned by Jan as a Community Star to the Woods Humane Education Program, teaching children the importance of responsible pet ownership and respect for all life. Jan’s reputation as an energetic go-getter, who immerses herself in a project and follows it to completion, will stand her in good stead for DWOS.
After a successful 30-year career as an executive with some of the nation’s leading banks, S&Ls and credit unions, Charlie Bradley retired to put on his dancing shoes, his motorcycle gloves, his writer’s cap and his researcher’s glasses and he has continued his successful path through life, with an emphasis on the dancing part. As Jan Lynch’s partner, he will be contributing to Kiwanis’ DWOS effort, with Frank Sanchez as their choreographer.
Charlie loves to dance and shares that dancing takes up much of his leisure time.
“If there’s music you’ll find me dancing. And, it’s not unusual to find me dancing in the aisles of local supermarkets,” he said.
Several years ago, he was part of the on-stage scenery for Bruce Bonifas’ turn as a DWOS Community Star, raising money for ALPS. He did not have a dancing role then and he is eager to be able to dance, instead of being scenery. Charlie is an avid motorcyclist, the proud recipient of the BMW Motorcycle 100,000 Mile Award. The story of his motorcycle trip to Alaska was published in the July 2018 edition of Wing World Magazine. Charlie also participates in the US Forest Service Passport in Time program, which involved research as well as hands-on maintenance and restoration work in US public lands.
Frank Sanchez is a dance icon in San Luis Obispo County and he is esteemed for his major role in developing the County’s creative arts. He has directed, produced, choreographed and danced in many, many productions, most recently serving as Artistic Director for Dancing With Our Stars for the last four years. Frank grew up in a large, musical family, interpreting folkloric dance as a child. He began ballroom dance training in his early 20s and has been dancing ever since. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, his credits include feature films, television award specials, national commercials and print ads. Many local people are fortunate to have been taught ballroom dance by Frank and for DWOS 2019, he is choreographing the dance for Jan and Charlie.
To vote for Jan and Charlie, go to www.Kiwanisclubofatascadero,ca.com then click on Events and Fundraisers. Or go to  www.friendsoftheatascaderolibrary.org/2019-tickets; click on DWOS; then click on donate by Jan’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 will be held March 21, 22 and 23, 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. Saturday, March 23 is sold out. No ticket sales at the door. Event sponsors receive best seats prior to public ticket sale. Interested in sponsoring? Contact Event Chair Jeannie Malik- [email protected] Interested in donating a silent auction item? Contact Linda Zirk- [email protected] Tickets will sell out! Don’t delay securing your seats for this popular community event supporting seven local non-profit organizations.


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