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Maks Chmerkovskiy from Dancing With The Stars

 
Maks Chmerkovskiy from ABC’s hit dance competition Dancing with the Stars will grace the Main Fashion Stage at the Southern Women’s Show on Saturday, March 28th. He was born in Ukraine and at the age of four, his parents enrolled him in a school of aesthetic education that taught children to become young gentleman and ladies.  It was here that Maks was first exposed to ballroom dancing.  Sports and competition run deep in his blood and as a young child he aspired to be an Olympic swimmer or soccer player.  At the age of 13, a skiing accident and titanium rod to stabilize his leg almost ended any chance of competitive sports or dancing, but he recovered and was dancing again within six months.  He and his parents and younger brother Val, immigrated to the United States the following year and lived in Brooklyn.  At the age of 16, Maks and his father opened a youth oriented dance studio (Rising Stars Dance Academy) and now along with his brother, they own a collection of adult dance studios known as Dance With Me.  Maks first appeared on Season two of Dancing with the Stars and was often referred to as “the bad boy of ballroom.” His dance partners have included actresses Denise Richards, Kristie Alley, Melissa Gilbert, athletes Laila Ali and Misty May-Trainer, sportscaster Erin Andrews and Spice Girl Mel B.  He won the mirror ball trophy with partner Meryl Davis, Olympic Medalist Ice Dancer.  Maks married fellow Dancing with the Stars pro dancer, Peta Murgatroyd and together they have a two year old son, Shia.

The ONLY way to meet Maks is to purchase the Meet & Greet Package for his appearance, don’t miss your chance! This $49 package includes an exclusive meet and greet with Maks, a ticket to the Southern Women's Show, Women's Show reusable shopping bag, a special lanyard that qualifies you for exclusive discounts from key exhibitors, a complimentary dance lesson courtesy of National Dance Clubs, and reserved seating for his public appearance on stage. Limited availability! Click here to purchase your Meet & Greet Package!
 

Mallory Ervin

Mallory Ervin is a Kentucky grown, Nashville living dreamer that had a roundabout way of arriving to where she is today. Serving Kentucky as Miss Kentucky 2009 she went on to place 4th runner-up in the Miss America 2010 pageant. When the opportunity came knocking, Mallory decided to join the Amazing Race with her dad. She was a contestant on the reality show 3 times but would never go on to in. After a lot of trials and life changing moments Mallory now aims to excite, empower, and fulfill her followers with her content.  

Shannon Ford

Shannon Ford is a social media influencer in Nashville who is known for pushing the boundaries with a sarcastic and witty approach to branding. She can be found hosting non profit events, speaking on panels to educate others on social media branding strategies, or enjoying a nice smart cup on her front porch.

Jenny Hale

Jenny Hale is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic contemporary fiction. Jenny has published 13 novels that are available worldwide.  Her novels Coming Home for Christmas and Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses are Hallmark Channel original movies. Her stories are chockfull of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family. Jenny is currently writing her fourteenth book, set to be released later this year. Be sure to meet Jenny on Friday, March 27 on the Spotlight Stage where she will be hosting a Q&A session and signing her books.
 
     "One of 30 Christmas novels to start reading now from Southern Living on We’ll Always Have Christmas"
 

Donna Presley joins Dan Read Cosmetics

A true and real family member of Rock n’ Roll royalty, Elvis’ 1st cousin, Donna Presley, grew up at Graceland in Memphis where she spent her summers from the age of ten. Her mother Nash, was the youngest sister of Elvis’ father Vernon Presley. When Donna was seventeen, her father, Earl began working for Elvis on his Ranch in Mississippi, the Circle G, until Elvis sold the property after years of use with his family and entourage. After the sale of the Circle G, Donna and her family then moved onto the property at Graceland where she lived until married. Donna has co-authored three books about her famous cousin, Elvis, and their family. She is now a guest speaker, emcee and spokesperson on behalf of the Presley family, sharing what it was like growing up with Elvis. Donna will be at the Southern Women’s Show on Friday, March 27. Be sure to see her join Dan Read Cosmetics on the Fashion Stage at 1:30pm and on the Spotlight Stage at 5:30pm.

Chef Monica

Chef Monica is a charismatic celebrity chef, who has competed and entertained audiences locally and nationally on platforms such as Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen and a guest on Chef Jeff Henderson’s Flip My Food. She hosts cooking classes for youth, hospice survivors, and families of domestic violence, executive teams, suicide prevention, churches, seniors, girl’s night out, and other special occasions.
 
Her company, Chef Monica Blends, released its signature spice line in 2018. Chef's Spice Blends can be purchased on Amazon Prime and at the Southern Women’s Show. Chef Monica inspires audiences with her personal mission of “bringing families back to the table”. She loves encouraging families to cook at home more often with fresh ingredients, creating healthier eating habits. Her #Eat2LiveLonger campaign encourages families to gather at the kitchen table, eat more meals that are farm-to-fork, and create a sustainable healthy eating lifestyle. She has challenged herself to take classic southern dishes and make them a little lighter with fresh foods and fusing them with other cuisines.
 
Chef Monica will be on the Cooking Stage daily at the 2020 Southern Women’s Show. Stop by the stage or Exhibit #1436 to sample her delicious creations and take home great tips for your own kitchen!

Ms. Cheap

Mary Hance, Ms. Cheap, writes a fru­gal con­sumer col­umn and wel­comes your tips on how to save money and time. She is always look­ing for good sales and penny pinch­ing strate­gies for stretch­ing our hard earned dol­lars. The Ms. Cheap col­umn, which has been run­ning for over 20 years, appears Thurs­day, Friday, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day in the Ten­nessean and you can e-mail tips to her as mscheap@tennessean.com She is on Facebook as Ms. Cheap and @ms_cheap on Twitter. She loves to hear from readers and to have readers share money saving tips
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