Community Council for the Arts

Promoting the Arts:  Stars Dance for the Arts

January 20, 2018
Doors open 6:30 p.m.

THANK YOU to all our dancers for participating in our 6th Annual Stars Dance For The Arts  (SDFA)! It was a star-studded, action-packed event hosted by Vickie Robinson and Wells Gulledge. SDFA 2018 featured superstar couples dancing to generously raise funds for Kinston’s Community Council for the Arts. Each couple performed an exciting and expertly choreographed dance. We appreciate the participation of these dancers and for their support!

MEET  -- Stephanie Quinn & Owen Quinn
This team performed the Foxtrot to The Way You Look Tonight  by Frank Sinatra.

                                             Stephanie Quinn Morris
                                             Dance Training: “ZERO dance training!!!”

                                             Education and Work Experience: Stephanie graduated from Kinston High School and
                                             has a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University in Business
                                             Administration. She holds North Carolina licenses in property, liability, life, accident,
                                             health and Medicare supplement insurance and is czarina of Distillery Experiences
                                             Social House Vodka.

Background & Interests: Stephanie lived in Beverly Hills, California, where she was a talent agent representing actors for television and film. Her favorite travel destination is The Ocean Club, Nassau, Bahamas. She enjoys boot camp, Bible study, fishing in Big Rock and drinking martinis. Stephanie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Albemarle, in Newport, North Carolina, and was a former Governor Appointee to the Tryon Palace Commission, in New Bern. She served on the Board of Directors for the Dunes Club, in Atlantic Beach, and the Craven Arts Council and Gallery. She also served on New Bern’s First Presbyterian Church Outreach Commission, Mothers' Committee, Friends of the Fine Arts and Patriot Club at Arendell Parrott Academy. Some interesting things to know about Stephanie include: she was Miss Kinston Lenoir County 1990; she worked Walt Disney World College Program Summer; she was a physician recruitment coordinator at Lenoir Memorial Hospital for ten years; and she is the winner of American Idol at Walt Disney World in 2009, “ I AM A SINGER, NOT A DANCER!!!” Stephanie says, to date, “My greatest accomplishment is raising two extraordinary young women.”

Family: Stephanie has two daughters at Arendell Parrott Academy: Isabel, a senior, and Anna, a sophomore. Stephanie’s parents, Owen and Julia Quinn, reside in Kinston and are retired from Nationwide insurance.

What does Stephanie like about Lenoir County? “The people and the vodka!”

What is Stephanie looking forward to by participating in this event? “I would love to learn to dance and meet new people.”

                                                         Owen Quinn

                                                         Dance Training: None

                                                         Education and Work Experience: Owen graduated from Beulaville High School
                                                         and has participated in numerous continuing education classes and workshop. He is
                                                         retired, having owned his own insurance agency and was a representative of
                                                         Nationwide Insurance for 43 years.

                                                        Background & Interests: Owen was born in Duplin County and his favorite travel
destination is his beach house at Atlantic Beach. He is active as a Jehovah’s Witness and has served the City of Kinston on the Board of Adjustment, and as a volunteer coach for boys’ basketball. He loves all kinds of music and enjoys participating in musical and dramatic theater. Among the shows he has been involved are West Side Story, Carousel, The King & I, Annie, Driving Miss Daisy, 42nd Street, Applause, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Wizard of Oz, and many more. He is also a fan of Duke University sports.  Owen cites his greatest accomplishment, to date, “as marrying my wife and fathering two wonderful daughters.”

Family: Owen is married to Julia Dean Williams, and has two daughters, Marianna Quinn Conroy and Stephanie Quinn Morris, with whom he is dancing. He also has four grandchildren.

What does Owen like about Lenoir County? “Plain and simple, the people.”

What is Owen looking forward to by participating in this event? “Having some fun.”
Stephanie Quinn Morris &
 Owen Quinn

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