Don Barstow

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What is your favorite dance style and when did you start dancing?
Argentine Tango. I started dancing when I was dating my wife Ruth, back in 2001.

What is your favorite music?
Christian Hard Rock (Skillet, Jeremy Camp), Hard Rock (Korn, Godsmack, Metallica, Disturbed)

Where are you from?
I was born in a small town called Gowanda, NY, about 30 minutes south of Buffalo, NY. My family moved to Harrisonburg from Rochester, NY my sophomore year in high school. I graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1984 and then attended JMU, where I earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems in 1993.

What is your occupation? Any other community service you are involved in?
"I'm a Technical Analyst on the Academic side at UVa. Prior to that, I worked at JMU for 26 years in various areas of IT and Card Services.
I am a member of the Myers-Hodges VFW Post in Bridgewater, VA that does various community and veteran outreach programs."

Fun facts about you?
"I served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1988-1993 and am a Desert Storm Veteran.
I was a Marching Royal Duke my freshmen year at JMU.
I enjoy gardening, hunting and being in the woods.
I really enjoy weightlifting and working out.
I was a member of the Rivanna Rowing Club in Charlottesville, VA for 3 years doing sweep rowing. The second year of rowing, the novice boat that I was in won a novice regatta in Richmond, VA."

Total Money Raised



Team Totals

Team Aubrey $25,294
Team Debbie Brown $12,503
Team Driller $21,598
Team Kelly May $25,302
Team Mandy $16,535
Team Rockingham County Public Schools (RCPS) $21,444
Team Smith $22,299

Previous Winners

In 2018, the event’s ninth straight sellout crowd saw Zack Lokey of Nielsen Builders and his USA Dance partner Libbi Fitzgerald win the championship.

Corri Loan, representing Tropical Smoothie Cafe and her USA Dance partner Don Barstow were awarded the People's Choice Award in 2018.