James is the creator of THRIVE, as well as the owner / trainer of GYMFarm – a private personal training business located in the Fox Cities. He is a farmer, a believer, and a Great Dane lover – and his sidekick “Deuce” is never far from his side.
Throughout his life, James has grown to love and value living a healthy lifestyle and wants to help others do the same. His hope is to inspire, educate, and empower people to become happier, healthier, and better versions of themselves. In his free time, James enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, working out, spending time outdoors and messing around the farm. Not bad for a 15-year and 5-year cancer and brain aneurism survivor.
Melinda Plante, Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Nicholas and his wife, Melinda, are the owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studios – 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. Nicholas is the National Show Producer for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and his production company presents the most prestigious competition in the nation—The United States Dancesport Championships, held in Orlando, FL. 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 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. You are truly the stars of this event!