Professor and Chair,
Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, UNK
Dr. Nita Unruh is a professor of sports management and oversees a department at UNK that houses exercise science, athletic training, physical education, and recreation and sport management – so she’s physically active and competitive. She says she took ballet growing up, until her dance teacher made her choose between dance and track. She didn’t choose dance. Nita is active at St. James church as a liturgical minister, board member of Kearney Catholic High School, and as a volunteer with Five Points/Jerseys Legion Baseball. She and husband Scott, also a professor, are parents to Justin and John.
Dancing experience: “Does ballet count?”
How might someone describe your dancing: Energetic.
Favorite dance style: Country two-step
Least-favorite dance style: “Hip hop. I just can’t figure it out.”
Favorite dance memory: “Waltzing with my father at my wedding.”
Favorite dance partner: “My boys when they were little and even now when they are grown. And of course my husband. There is nothing like two-stepping with your children around the kitchen.”
Why did you decide to participate in KDWTS: “It’s a really good cause. We need to do more to help our teens and adults feel more valued and assure them that they have worth.”
Personal goal for KDWTS: “To have fun and try not to embarrass my partner by falling or stepping on his toes.”