Shelley Gentle and Brandon Smith
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Shelley Gentle is a Birmingham native and mom to 4 sweet children. She's an active community volunteer, and currently serves on the Vestavia Hills Parks & Recreation Board, on the Leadership Vestavia Hills Board, as vice president of the Birmingham chapter of the Washington & Lee Alumni Association, and as co-chair of McWane Science Center's Beaker Bash 2022. She is also a past member of the Executive Board of the Junior League of Birmingham, where she is still an active member. At the beginning of the COVID-19 shut-down, she led a team from her Leadership Vestavia Hills class that raised over $20,000 to purchase meals from local restaurants to feed school children affected by the closure. Shelley is also a part-time software developer, runner, shoe collector, and she has even survived an attack from a Portuguese man o'war. Although she hasn't won a dance competition since the 4th grade, she plans to bring her A-game to help the women and children of First Light.
Brandon Smith began his dance career at Mississippi State University. While attending college, Brandon was instrumental in building the MSU Ballroom Dance Club to what it is today. By his senior year he was the president and head instructor of the club. Shortly after that he started teaching professionally at The Dance Studio in Tupelo, Mississippi, while also teaching continuing education classes for the University of Mississippi. Five years ago he relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, where he has trained and performed salsa and bachata with local dance companies.