John Ross

Teacher & Coach,
Lexington Middle School


A Kearney native, John graduated from Kearney High School. John’s passion for the fine arts and sports began when his parents first took him to Kearney State College games and performances. Though KSC was a great influence, John attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he played in the jazz band, played a 14-state USO tour, and became an All-American in Track and Field. After college, John worked as an employment consultant for the company his mother, Jeanne, co-founded. During that time, he traveled north-central Nebraska, Salt Lake City, north Omaha, and Oakland, California helping unemployed people find gainful employment. Later in life, John became a teacher and worked at the YRTC for ten years. He is currently working at Lexington Middle School as a teacher and coach. John has played music for Crane River Theater and other local bands, including Lead Me Home and RawSlang. He loves upland game hunting and catching rainbow trout in Wyoming. John’s long-term companion, Sandra Randall, endures his goofiness throughout all of it! John wants to give a special thanks to his mom for teaching him to swing dance in the living room to the Mamas & The Papas!

What experience do you have dancing: “Square dancing in grade school, swing dancing in our living room growing up, and polka dancing in college.”

Words to describe what you look like when you dance: “Interesting…a free spirit.”

Favorite dance style: “Mosh pitting.”

Least favorite dance style: “Country line dancing, mostly because I don’t know it yet.”

Go-to dance move: “People prefer I not “go to” any dance move, but I tend to break into a little soft shoe now and again.”

Favorite memory of dancing: “In our living room, back in the day, as my mom taught us to swing dance to Simon & Garfunkel and The Mamas & The Papas.”

Personal goal for KDWTS: “Have a great time, raise some money, and not get injured!”

Why fans should vote for you: “Because my partner deserves to win!”

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