Melissa Turner and Kyle Barels


Dare to Dance 2012

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Melissa Turner and Kyle Barels

Melissa Turner, better known as Mo, can be heard on US-101 weekday afternoons from 3pm to 7pm on the award winning Dex and Mo Show. In 2010, she won both the Country Music Association Personality of the Year Award and The Academy of Country Music Personality of the Year Award.  In 2011, Mo was the winner of the Country Radio Seminar Personality of the Year. After graduating from Cleveland High School, she attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications before moving to Ooltewah where she currently resides with her husband Brad, son Easton, and their two dogs. In her free time, Mo enjoys reading a good book, cheering on the Tennessee Vols, and playing a good game of softball.

Kyle has been dancing for over 12 years as a professional. He studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical growing up, and also instructed in these areas for six years before joining the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in 2006. Kyle has achieved and been awarded Top Teaching Awards through Fred Astaire South Central Region, and has also received national recognition. He has competed professionally for many years and holds several regional titles. Kyle believes that dance is expression in its rawest form, and loves pushing himself and others to new heights and sharing his love of dance with the world.

Through her work in radio, Mo has been able to be a voice to help numerous families in the Chattanooga area and she knows that sometimes families struggle with things that seem very basic to most of us. Mo and Kyle have chosen to raise funds for the Emergency Utility Program - With the Emergency Utility Assistance Program, patients are provided financial assistance to maintain utilities. This helps the entire family keep warm in the winter, cool in the summer, plenty of water to drink, and telephone service in the event of an emergency.

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