You probably recognize Jake as a news anchor and reporter for KAUZ. He grew up wanting to be a TV meteorologist, but decided to change paths when he realized how much math was involved. Jake’s favorite motto is, “Surround yourself with tacos, not negativity.” This love of positivity is further shown in his favorite style of music and dance where, if it’s upbeat and catchy, it’s his jam. You may never see Jake on a roller coaster, but he can claim to have been on the World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel despite being terrified of heights.
Jake is an advocate for the WF Area Food bank and been involved with Zavala.
Why say yes to DFTS?“The causes that DFTS Supports! Everyone should have someone believing in them! Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you should also feel like someone believes in you and cares which is what both organizations do so beautifully.”
Ashlen is a ballet teacher and ballet mistress for Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre and plans on working at United Regional in the fall. She has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She has enjoyed dancing since the age of three and grew up wanting to perform on Broadway. This summer, Ashlen performed in Footloose professionally at The Granbury theatre Company. Ashlen enjoys using dance as a way to give back to the community as well, by volunteering with the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, performing annually in The Nutcracker and spring shows such as Cinderalla. Ashlen considers auditioning for a show on Broadway one of the most exciting things she’s ever done and hopes to one day live in New York City.
Why say yes to DFTS?“I’ve always wanted to be involved with Dancing For The Stars, I think it’s a great thing for this community and I’m honored I was asked this year.”