Troy Gillard, news director at rdnewsNOW, BIG 105 and 106.7 The Drive, has covered the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off in the past and seen how beneficial it has been for the community. He looks forward to Red Deer hosting the 2019 Canada Winter Games and hopes to raise funds for the Celebration Plaza.
Celebrity: Troy Gillard
Partner: Olya Joseph
1. How would you describe yourself as a dancer before this experience?
There really isn’t much to describe as I haven’t been much of a dancer. But I fear that may change now that people know I’m taking part in this particular event.
2. What was the most challenging part you overcame/hope to overcome?
If I feel at all comfortable wearing a flashy costume and/or dancing in front of large crowds after doing this, that’ll be a major victory!
3. What is the best quality about your dance partner?
She is incredibly energetic, passionate, creative, and most importantly – patient! She’s been amazing to work with and learn from!
4. What would you like others to know about this experience?
It’s an incredible honour to be asked to take part in the SCDO. Once you get over the initial shock, the planning and hard work that goes into helping the community really is a lot of fun.
5. Would you call yourself a dancer now and in the future?
Now, not so much. In the future, you never know.
The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off takes place on April 14 at the Sheraton Red Deer.
Other dancers include: Duane Daines, Mellisa Hollingsworth, Cari MacLean, Carla MacLeod, Cindy Mandrusiak, Todd Simenson and John Young.
How to donate: www.celebritydanceoff.ca