Abe Rojas and JoAnn DiGiovanni - Coached by Kristi Rojas Garcia
Abe, 82 and JoAnn, 79 have been friends since high school……over 64 years! Abe has been retired from the City of Turlock for 21 years but remains to be one of the busiest men in town! He has been involved in many community, school, and charitable organizations, served 13 years on the TUSD Board of Trustees and is currently in his 21 st year as a Trustee for the Yosemite Community College District. Most people in Turlock recognize his voice as the THS football announcer for over 40 years (Go Dogs!) and is currently the Pitman High School football announcer (Roll Pride!). Abe has been married to his beautiful wife, Sharon, for 58 years and is extremely proud to be coached for this event by his daughter Kristi!
JoAnn is a retired elementary school teacher of 35 years, will always be a farm girl, and is totally proud of it! She describes Turlock as the “Gem of the Valley” and has always believed that this fertile soil is a world treasure! She is a faithful volunteer at Sacred Heart School and the Salvation Army and says that
her favorite thing about Abe is his devotion to charities as well. JoAnn was married for 58 years, is the proud mother of her son, Darrell, and is extremely excited for this dance experience with her dear friend!
Kristi (51), has been dancing since she was 5 years old! She is the ambitious owner of Backstage Academy of Dance where she danced for 12 years prior to becoming the owner 20 years ago. Kristi works tirelessly on producing 4 productions every year including The Nutcracker which kicks off Turlock’s holiday season! The studio welcomes students as young as age 2 through adult and offers beginning to advanced levels. Her students have performed in many surrounding communities as well as Disneyland and have won countless awards up to the National Grand Champion level! Many former Backstage dancers have gone on to accomplish big things such as 49’er Gold Rush Cheer, San Diego Charger Cheer, the cast of NYC’s Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway, Disneyland Performers, and
Sacramento Kings Dance Team just to name a few! Kristi and her husband, Ray, are the proud parents of Siera (27), Keaton (25), and Branson (20). In her spare time, Kristi also has two part time jobs, enjoys volunteering with the Distinguished Young Women of Turlock Scholarship Program, loves vacationing and camping with her family, and watching her son play basketball at UC Merced (Go Bobcats!). Dancing With the Turlock Stars is proud to have Kristi join our dance family!