Shannon Callahan is a newcomer to our event. She is originally from Wilmington, NC, but has lived in Newport for almost 4 years. She married her high school sweetheart, David, and together they have two handsome teenage sons - Trey and Keegan. And if two boys don't keep her busy, they are also the parents of two fur babies - a rescue, Haille and a puppy, Luke.
She loves everything about the beach, especially paddle boarding. Her favorite hobby is watching her boys play football and basketball, but Shannon is quite the fitness guru, herself. She is a PE and Health teacher at White Oak Elementary School and is a Fitness Instructor at Tru Fit in Morehead City. Sounds like she'll be in great shape for dancing. She took dance classes as a child, but has always wanted to learn ballroom.
This is the fifth year Matt Lara has participated in our event. He hails from Laguna Beach, CA, but came to Carteret County with the U.S. Marine Corp - stationed at Cherry Point. Matt graduated from Carteret Community College and is a man of many talents. Not only has he worked with the school system as a coach and substitute teacher for many years, but he is a ballroom instructor with Justice Elite Dance Company.
Matt loves riding motorcycles, fishing and watching his favorite movies. He's played professional beach volleyball, acted in television commercials and climbed Mount Fuji.....sounds like a man that likes a challenge.