Brandon’s dancing career helped develop his leadership skills from the early age of two. He discovered the joy of dance and often led his play group in Ring-Around-the-Rosie and the Bunny Hop. Even though Brandon had no classical training, his own rendition of the beloved Hokey-Pokey received rave reviews (mainly from his loving parents). At age five Brandon was enrolled in a non-prestigious school of dance where he perfected the Box Step, Fox Trot and Dosi-Do. His dance career tragically came to a halt when he suffered an injury while performing the Macarena at a talent contest. Unfortunately, we are left to merely imagine how his talent may have impacted the world of dance today. It is rumored that Brandon was leading the competition when he was forced to withdraw and runner-up Michael Flatley was awarded the championship trophy.
Today, Brandon is regional president and leads the commercial banking and wealth management teams at National City, now a part of PNC. His dancing is now limited to father-daughter dances with his two girls Annie and Lucy, an occasional choreographed Star Wars sword fight with son Jack, and coaxing his wife Kristi on to the dance floor at weddings.
The opportunity to support one of his favorite organizations, The Center for the Homeless, through Dancing With Our Stars is truly a once in a lifetime probability of catching Brandon performing the Mambo. A special thank you goes to his instructor and dance partner Amy O’Day for helping him overcome Macarena flashbacks.
Originally from Wisconsin, Amy O'Day began her lifelong dream of a career in dance 14 years ago. Within the first six months of teaching Amy became the studio manager and began competing professionally in the American Rhythm division. After meeting her future husband, Brian, at a dance convention in Acapulco, Amy moved to South Bend to teach and compete professionally. Throughout her career Amy has been awarded several top teacher awards. Together, Amy and Brian have competed professionally for the past 13 years in both the International Latin and American Smooth divisions. They have won numerous competitions throughout the country as well as placing in the top 18 Latin couples at the world’s largest competition, the Ohio Star Ball. Today, Amy and Brian own DanceSport On The Plaza where she continues to teach and perform while raising their three boys, which is her greatest love of all.