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Dancing With Our Community Stars

Alys Martinez

Dancing for Dream Foundation
Instructed by: Tino G

Alys Martinez is a general assignment multimedia journalist for KEYT NewsChannel 3. Alys grew up in Long Beach and received a degree in Spanish at UCSB. She moved back to Long Beach and taught third-grade in a bilingual classroom and Adult Education Although she loved teaching, Alys decided to pursue a career in journalism. She […]

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Caryl Cantrell

Dancing for Project Understanding
Instructed by: Lovie Hernandez

As a 3rd generation Venturan, Caryl Cantrell is in a long line of family living, working and serving in the community. Caryl has been in the shopping center industry close to 30 years and is employed by Macerich leasing centers such as Pacific View in Ventura and La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara. Caryl is […]

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Julien Martinez

Dancing for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
Instructed by: Diana Porter

Julien, is a 21 year old Oxnard native attending Oxnard College. He is a paraeducator in the after school program for the City of Oxnard and he shares his love for the arts by teaching photography to students from 1st to 5th graders in the Oxnard School District. Julien was a Fire Explorer from 2010-2015 […]

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Marie Briggs

Dancing for Oxnard PAL, Inc.
Instructed by: Jesse "Chuy" Rodriguez

Marie Taylor-Briggs retired in 2012 after 20 years of service from the City of Oxnard where she was responsible for the safety of all employees. As the only original Oxnard PAL, Inc. board member still serving, she is the organization’s longest standing supporter at more than 20 years. During this time, Marie has volunteered at […]

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Marisa Trujillo-Martinez

Dancing for I'm a Kid Who Can, Inc.
Instructed by: Ottis Gillespie

Marisa Trujillo-Martinez was born in Mexico but has lived in Oxnard since the age of 7. Marisa graduated from Channel Islands High School and has been married to her high school sweetheart Rodrigo for 35 years; they have 4 boys and 3 grandchildren. As the parent of a murdered son, Marisa started a chapter of […]

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Suzie Azucena-Gomez

Dancing for El Concilio Family Services
Instructed by: Conrad Diaz

Suzie Azucena-Gomez, an Emmy Award winning News Anchor/Reporter Telemundo 52 Los Angeles, retired earlier this year following a 20 year career. She is passionate about El Concilio and assisting families with financial literacy so they may live a better life.

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