Jeanne Neely & Eddie Rodriguez

Representing:    Friends of the Atascadero Library

Choreographer:   Eddie Rodriguez
Dance style:   Hip Hop

VOTE for Jeanne

Jeanne Neely Dances for Friends of the Atascadero Library
Article by Grenda Ernst

Not a woman to do things by halves, Jeanne Neely has expanded her duties as an FOAL Board member, opting to raise funds for the library as a DWOS Community Star. She tells us: "It feels exciting to participate in DWOS! I think this event brings our community together and supports many great causes. It's a fun challenge and much harder than I thought it would be." A sneak preview of her dance with choreographer/partner Eddie Rodriguez reveals the outgoing Jeannie having fun, not someone who finds the dancing hard.

Jeannie has lived in Atascadero for fifty years and attended Atascadero schools. She married her high school sweetheart, Bill Neely, who is now the principal of that same high school. They have two children and two of Jeanne's three siblings also live in Atascadero.

Energetic Jeanne loves hiking, exercise, traveling, boating, swimming, lunching with friends and scuba diving. She has run half marathons and triathlons in the past and now confines herself to local running. Her dance experience includes dance classes in high school and college and an episode in sixth grade when she was reprimanded for over-zealous rocking out to Jingle Bell Rock during a class performance.

Jeanne taught high school psychology for 30 years and was twice named Teacher of the Year at Paso Robles High school. She was also acknowledged by Congresswoman Lois Capps for Recognition for Service to the Community, received the Gold Star Award for SLO Prevention Alliance from Assemblyman Abel Maldonado and the Youth School Violence Reduction Grant Award from the SLO County Office of Education. She retired from teaching three years ago to pursue a new career path in real estate and is currently a realtor for Keller Williams.

She describes herself as a people person, and giving back to the community, and possessing empathy and kindness are guiding principles for her. Her performance with DWOS veteran, Eddie Rodriguez, is the perfect opportunity for her to do just that. Talented Eddie has been associated with DWOS since its debut and he returns in 2018 to create a hip hop piece with Jeannie. Eddie is both a versatile dancer and an actor and he has been seen in performances ranging from break dancing to a zapateado (a Mexican folk dance which he learned at the last minute to fill-in for an ailing dancer) to the mambo in West Side Story and to choreographing a flash dance.