Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars 2023

YSB introduces its first dancing duo

Cole, Cooper pair up for revival of popular fundraiser


Cameron Cole and Kashawndra Cooper have close connections to the Youth Service Bureau. He works there and she serves on the board of directors.

Cole serves as the program manager for Teen Court, Youth As Resources and REINdear. He has worked at the YSB for four years. He lives in Boone County, but he spends most of his time here in Montgomery County.

He loves to shop, eat and hang out with friends. His favorite past-time is definitely shopping. Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” ft. Jay Z is the song that makes Cole get up and dance. He has a strong support system of family and friends. He loves and is grateful for them all. Cole is excited to be dancing in the big event and loves that he was asked.

He wanted to participate in Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars because “the YSB does so much for the youth in our community, but I know there is so much more they could do. People should come support this event because it is crucial that the YSB continue doing the work they do so the youth of today become outstanding adults of tomorrow. The goal of the YSB is to empower youth to become those citizens we know they can become. “Kashawndra and I know firsthand the work being done at the YSB. We see the support these youth are getting. We see the changes in these youth and we see front and center the amazing adults these youth will become.  For us to become dancers for this event you just know it’s such a good cause and such a crucial part in building the community we want for the future.”

Cooper is process manager at Wiley Publishing. She has lived in Montgomery County for 35 years. When not working, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing card games and eating. She also loves cooking and trying new recipes, trying not to injure herself playing volleyball, and watching way too much true crime. Cooper has a five-year-old son, Ellison, who keeps her on her toes. She also lives with a cockapoo named Tookie and a large cat named Boo. Her parents, Belinda and Rodney High, live close.

Cooper’s experience in dancing includes growing up taking dance lessons at Dance By Deborah. Her dancing career started in eighth grade, went through high school, and a year in college. She spent a few years coaching elementary and preschool dancers. Her favorite genre of music to dance to is pop/hip hop, but really anything with a good beat.

She is participating in the event because it is combining the best of both worlds. She gets to have fun showcasing a dance with someone who may be new to dancing (in front of 800 of one’s closest friends) and raise funds for the YSB. She thinks the public should come to this event and support them because “our dance is so much fun and the public will see me come out or retirement to hopefully not break anything.”