Emily Brandstatter & Jay Duerr

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 Emily Brandstatter

 (Star)

Emily was born and raised in Logansport.  She is a 1998 graduate of Logansport High School and went on to get a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2002.  In 2006 she graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Optometry and is currently in her 8th year of practice here in Logansport with Midwest Eye Consultants.  Emily also teaches yoga at Bodyworks.  She took dance as a little girl and was in gymnastics and cheerleading through high school.  Emily and her husband Kurt have 3 children and she also enjoys cooking, traveling, exercising and spending time with family and friends.  Emily is excited about the opportunity to participate in this year's Dancing with our Stars and give back to the community that has given so much to her and her family. 

In 2012 Emily won "Grand Champion" and also Judges Choice Aware so she is looking forward to bringing home another trophy.

 

Jay Duerr
 
(Star)

Jay has reluctantly decided to return to Dancing With Our Stars to try and regain the title that slipped through his hands several years back.  This year he has promised to practice at least 3 times prior to dancing and has begun a regimented routine of pre-show training that includes lots of "finger dances" and adult beverage fueled "twerking" in his free time with friends.  Jay is looking forward to giving us all a few smiles and laughs in this dancing challenge, while also supporting his hometown of Logansport!  He was born and raised in Logansport, living here for many years, before moving to Chicago.  After graduating from high school in Chicago, he attended Indiana University and came back home and is President and CEO at Logansport Machine Company, Inc. LMC Workholding, its trade name, is a local Business with Global Reach celebrating 98 years in business here in Logansport.  In addition to its Logansport manufacturing facility, Jay spends a lot of time in Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Taiwan, and China where they have manufacturing facilities and large customers in the Automotive Sector. 

Jays wife Kathy Duerr is a District Manager for Honda Automotive and she should really be doing this but "wimped out" so that is why Jay is reluctantly "taking one for the team" and dancing again.  Jay and his wife Kathy have an 18 month old son Gordy (who has displayed his Dad's finger dancing skills and twerking also at a young age).  so between work and Gordy IV they have minimal spare time, but when available, Jay loves to hit the golf course, ski and scuba dive and loves traveling with his family.