When Dancing With Our Stars returns to the newly-renovated Alhambra Theatre on Sept. 7, Greta and Jim Drury and Keith and Holly Hampton will take the stage.
The married couples were revealed Monday on social media as the first local celebrity contestants in the competition.
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.
Greta and Jim Drury
• Community involvement
Known as the Dance Party Queen, Greta was the host of the radio turned television show "Dance Party" on WPSD in Paducah for two years, then performed in the inaugural production at the Market House Theatre. Greta brought her love for the arts to Hopkinsville when she married Jim. She joined the Pennyroyal Arts Council at its inception. Greta was a part of the group that saved the Alhambra and helped with fundraising efforts. She served with the Junior Auxiliary of Hopkinsville, where she and the board of directors at the time introduced the Charity Ball.
A Hopkinsville native, Jim was a partner and then owner of the Drury Brothers groceries. He is also a founder of Planters Bank and current member of its board of directors. Following the sale of all Drury Brothers locations in 1993, Jim got involved in real estate and is still active today. He has served with both the Hopkinsville Rotary Club and Hopkinsville Kiwanis.
• Family ties
Married for 54 years, the Drurys have three children, Charlotte Powell, Lucinda Burts and Spencer Drury, and six grandchildren. The Drurys are following son-in-law Jason Powell's 2017 DWOS performance. Jim makes his return to the Alhambra Theatre stage after dancing with his daughter in Christian County Applause. Jim and Greta danced together in the Junior Auxiliary Follies, and Greta was in the kick line.
"We've danced for 54 years so I think it will be OK," Greta said about the competition. "We grew up in the era of dancing, in the '50s and '60s, so we Jitterbug and do all kinds of dancing. It's for fun and for a good cause. We'll do the best we can. We're the oldest couple dancing and the youngest at heart. It will be a great night for the city of Hopkinsville."
• Vote for Greta and Jim
Keith and Holly Hampton
• Community involvement
Holly, a 1999 Western Kentucky University graduate with a bachelor's degree in public relations, is a full-time Realtor at Holly Hampton - EXIT One Real Estate MetroNet. She began her real estate career in 2006. Holly is currently serving her second term as president of the Hopkinsville-Christian and Todd County Association of Realtors Inc. She also serves on The Bruce and Hoptown Hoppers Baseball Board of Directors. Holly serves as co-chair for the Distinguished Young Women of Christian
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County Scholarship Program and is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County. Holly has over 20 years of experience coaching local dance and cheer teams. Her last appearance on the Alhambra stage was in 2015, performing as a skeleton and guard in Campanile Productions "Shrek, The Musical."
Keith, a Murray State University graduate with a bachelor's degree in agriculture business, is a captain/EMT at Hopkinsville Fire/EMS, with over 16 years of service. He is currently the District 2 commander for Battalion 2. He also serves on the Honor Guard, Rope Rescue team and is a Level 1 instructor with an associate degree in fire science. He is also a 20-year member of the Christian County Rescue Team. Keith also helps to manage Newton Tobacco Seed Company and his family's cattle and tobacco farm. His dance experience was participating in high school show choir performances on the Alhambra stage and the Christian County High School Dance Team Boy/Girl Halftime Dances.
Holly and Keith are sponsored by Exit One Real Estate MetroNet and The Bruce.
• Family ties
Married for 17 years, the Hamptons have five children, Cali, recently married to Nick Marhevka, Sloan, 14, Harlow, 12, Palin, 10, and Anne Brian, 9.
They attend New Work Fellowship in Hopkinsville. They also manage their additional businesses, Keith Hampton Mowing and Maui Teeth Whitening of Hopkinsville.
"A chance to support the (Pennyroyal) Arts Council is always going to be at the top of our list, and we get to support Sanctuary, as well. These are two well-deserving organizations in our community," Holly said. "Personal dance experience - not a whole lot. Our girls are competitive dancers at Bluegrass right now, so I'm sure we'll get a lot of tips. I think it's going to be fun. We'll have some quality time together as we prepare."
• Vote for Keith and Holly
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.
Money is raised as community members cast their "vote" for their favorite Dancing With Our Stars team leading up to the event. Each dollar donated counts as a vote. The overall competition winners are named from a combination of dance scores and dollars raised. Online donations will be available once again with one team named a winner before the dancing begins. The "Online Fan Favorite" will be awarded at the end of the night.
Dance competition tickets are $40 each and will go on sale July 16 via online ticketing at pennyroyalarts.org.
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 first in a series of articles on the 2019 Dancing With Our Stars local celebrity competitors.