Noell and Matt Robinson and Melanie and Cody Noffsinger are the third set of couples slated to compete in Dancing With Our Stars.
The couples will dance in the Sept. 7 event at the Alhambra Theatre. This year's competition will feature 16 individuals paired together, with dance experts from Brooke Bailey Dance Addiction + Gymnastics and Bluegrass Dancecats serving as mentors and coaches.
Proceeds from Dancing With Our Stars and the funds raised during the dancing festivities support the missions of both the Pennyroyal Arts Council and Sanctuary Inc., a nonprofit agency committed to the provision of preventative and restorative services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Tickets for the event go on sale Tuesday.
Noell and Matt Robinson
Matt, a Baylor University graduate and Texas Tech School of Medicine graduate, has been a general surgeon in Hopkinsville since 2007. He initially started as an independent practitioner with Western Kentucky Surgical Associates but has now been employed by Jennie Stuart Health for almost five years. He served as the medical staff president in 2015 and has served on several committees including medical executive committee, credentials, quality and utilization review. Though work keeps him busy, he tries to attend his kids’ activities including swim meets, baseball games and school functions. Outside of work, Matt has been involved with the church choir and Campanile Productions starting in 2012. He played The Tinman in “The Wizard of Oz” and Prince Dauntless in “Once Upon a Mattress.” He has served on the board of Campanile since 2014.
Noell, a Baylor University grad with a bachelor’s in nursing, retired in 2005 from the NICU in Texas. She has been a stay-at-home mom, busy with volunteer work since moving to Hopkinsville. She has always volunteered in the church nursery and has been a weekly volunteer with Christian County Public Schools since 2010. Noell was a member of the Chamber Connection from 2008-2010, a member of the Alpha Pregnancy Care Center Board from 2010-2016, and volunteer diving coach for Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club in the summers of 2013-2018. She has helped behind the scenes for Campanile since Matt and son, Bryce, started performing. After holding several secretary and treasurer positions for the local swim teams, she led the capital campaign to purchase the new six-lane scoreboard at the HHS pool last year and is now the booster president.
Noell's dance experience dates back to high school in Arizona where she was a member of her high school pom line and choreography group for the church youth group choir. Members of New Work Fellowship, Matt co-teaches a small group on Sundays and Noell serves in the children’s ministry and the greeting and bulletin ministries. They were Hoptown Hoppers Baseball host parents in the summers of 2015-2018 to seven different college boys.
Noell and Matt are sponsored by Jennie Stuart Health.
Noell and Matt have been married for 23 years and have three children, Bryce, 16, Riley, 14, and Cody, 10, as well as a 2-year-old foster daughter.
"Because of how busy both of our lives are with work and family and recently starting to do foster care, we frequently have to divide and conquer so we don't get to spend as much time together as we like. So, we felt like this was a good opportunity for us to be able to spend some dedicated time with each other," Matt said. "I can't think of a dance partner I'd rather have than her."
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Melanie and Cody Noffsinger
Cody and Melanie have been married for almost seven years. Both grew up in the Hopkinsville area, but they did not meet until they attended the University of Kentucky in 2006.
Melanie grew up in Trigg County and graduated from University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville. She has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and tourism from the University of Kentucky and currently works as the event manager at The Silo Event Center.
Cody was raised in north Christian and is a graduate of Christian County High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and another in finance from the University of Kentucky. He is currently the accountant at Hopkinsville Electric System and EnergyNet, and sole proprietor of Noffsinger Accounting Services.
Melanie is a Junior Auxiliary of Hopkinsville associate member and was the Christian County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year in 2015. She has also been an active Pennyroyal Arts Council Board member since 2015 and was just appointed to the board for the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County.
Cody is a board member of the Christian County Literacy Council, the treasurer of the Hopkinsville Rotary Club executive board, and a past president and treasurer of HYPE -- Hopkinsville Young Professionals Engage. He writes a monthly food column titled “Behind the Chopping Block” for the Kentucky New Era. Cody has also been an active board member of the Pennyroyal Arts Council for six years, serving as a past president and treasurer.
Melanie began dancing when she was 3 at Angel’s School of Dance alongside Brooke Bailey, who is now her DWOS coach. She continued dance and gymnastics until the sixth grade. She became a cheerleader in high school and coached the middle school cheer squad.
Cody’s dance experience is limited to cutting a rug at weddings and placing second in the 2006 Kentucky Beta Convention Group Talent competitions by performing a dance routine as one of the Village People.
Melanie and Cody are sponsored by Hopkinsville Electric System and EnergyNet and The Silo.
They have two wonderful dogs, Pippin 10, and Watson 9.
“Dancing with Our Stars is one of the most entertaining fundraising events that we have in Hopkinsville and Christian County. It is an honor to be able to perform on the historic Alhambra stage while fundraising for these amazing community nonprofits," Cody said. "I am so lucky to be able to compete alongside my beautiful wife, Melanie. Her dancing skills are incredible, and she will no doubt make me look a ton better!"
"We were both (PACI) board members when the Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser first began and knew this was going to be the start of something amazing. It was such a huge success and so much fun that when we were asked to dance together this year, we just couldn't say no to the opportunity!" Melanie said. "I know this whole experience will be a blast, and dancing with Cody is just icing on the cake!"
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For more information about the event and more local celebrity teams, visit Dancing With Our Stars at www.facebook.com/DancingWithOurStarsHopkinsville/.
Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of articles on the 2019 Dancing With Our Stars local celebrity competitors.