Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars 2023

Youth Service Bureau introduces next dancing duo

Earl, Deaton promise they will entertain


Austin Earl and Stefanie Deaton have been waiting to dance together in Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars since 2020. We are thrilled that the time has finally come.

Earl is an insurance agent for Farm Bureau, who has lived in Montgomery County his entire life. When not working, he loves to spend time with his family. He likes to be outside, hiking and walking their dogs. He also enjoys hunting, working out, and playing basketball.

His wife, Brook, is also from Montgomery County. The couple started dating while attending North Montgomery High School, and have been together for 12 years. They were married in 2019 and their awesome baby girl, Ellie, was born in January 2022.

When Earl was asked to dance, he was excited because his mom did Dancing with the Stars a few years ago. He did not know a lot about the Youth Service Bureau before then. But since 2020, he has “had the privilege to learn more about what the YSB does and how they can help so many kids in the Montgomery County community.”

Earl volunteers for the Nourish program, and his help has been greatly appreciated. He stated that he wants to participate in the event because he sees “how much the YSB does and how much they provide to the community.”

He has always had a passion to help, he says, and “this is an awesome opportunity to do just that.” 

Earl believes the public should come support him and his partner because when he went and watched his mom participate a few years ago, “it was just a really well-run event. It was fun to go and get a great meal, see many friends and community members, and then have some awesome entertainment.”

Earl said a lot of people say there’s nothing to do in Crawfordsville, “but this event is definitely something to do and it’s a great time!”

Deaton works for Title Resource Group as a title examiner. In the evening, she teaches tap, jazz, and modern dance at Crawfordsville Academy of Dance, where she has had the pleasure of teaching and choreographing for almost 25 years. She has lived in Montgomery County all of her life.

Outside of work, her time is spent with her two-year-old son, Mitchell, playing with dinosaurs and puzzles, reading and giving him rides in his empty diaper boxes.

Her husband, Adam, completes her “wonderful family of three.” Her amazing mom, a.k.a. Nana, takes care of Mitchell while the Deatons work.

She has been a pro dancer in Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars for five years. She said that it is always so good to know that “we are raising money for such a great group of people who are involved in helping the youth of this community.”

Deaton believes the youth are our future, and we need to give them every opportunity to become the best people they can become.

“The YSB can do that with the support of this community,” she said, and it’s important for the public to come and support the YSB. “But if you want to show your love for Austin and me, we promise to put on a good show for you … but you will have to come to the event to see what I have up my sleeve for this year’s performance.”


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