Bre Vander Velden
Ahava Salon and Spa
Bre has loved doing hair since she was little and has always enjoyed the business side of it. After 15 years in the industry, she decided to follow her dreams and open Ahava Salon and Spa in 2015. Ahava means love in Hebrew – but not the feeling, the act of doing something for others with caring and commitment. Bre and her team strive to make sure each person feels welcomed, pampered, refreshed, and confident when they are at Ahava. Her team was excited to win Best Spa in Best of the Valley 2018. Bre enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband Jake, and three kids. She has a huge passion for sexual assault awareness and prevention and for helping people find their self-worth and dignity. She is grateful to her friends, family, and work-family for all of their support in whatever she sets out to do. Bre is honored to be part of Shall We Dance to give back to such a great organization that, sadly, is needed by so many.
Nicholas Plante, Fred Astaire Appleton
Nicholas and his wife, Melinda, are the proud owners of the Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Appleton. Nicholas has been in the ballroom dance industry since 1997. He and Melinda competed in the American Smooth, American Rhythm and the Open Cabaret Divisions until Nicholas retired from professional dancing in 2006. Besides running studios, Nicholas has spent his time producing ballroom dance shows and competitions across the country. He is currently the National Show Producer for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and his production company currently presents the most prestigious competition in the nation…The United States Dancesport Championships, held in Orlando, Florida. Both Nicholas and Melinda are grateful to be a part of Shall We Dance. Dancing has given them so much; they are eager to let their dancing help to give something back. They would like to extend their overwhelming respect and support to all of the amateur dancers participating in this year’s event. Without you, there would be no show. You are truly the stars of this event!