About JR and Emilee Koch
This is not just about dancing. It's about fun and fundraising!
Funding is raised by placing votes of $5.00 each for the dancing couple of your choice. Voting closes with the live performance the night of the event.
Emilee Koch is no stranger to performing for an audience. Emilee has been performing on stage as an actress, dancer, and singer since the age of five. Emilee’s favorite style of dance is tap, and she most recently spent three years in a competitive dance company earning several regional and national awards.
Emilee has worked with several local community theater groups and she is very active at Yocum. In addition to taking tap lessons, she is currently part of the Junior Theater Ensemble and the IMPROV! Performance Troupe. Emilee has been in several productions at Yocum, including productions such as “Visions of Sugar Plums”, as well as productions for Primary Stages and the Broadway Junior series.
Emilee is a 6th grade student at Wilson West where she is a member of select chorus, regular chorus and band. In addition to dance and theater lessons, she takes voice and drum lessons. Emilee most recently competed at the Pennsylvania National American Miss pageant where she placed as a top ten finalist and she received the 1st runner up award in the actress category.
In the future, Emilee would like to study law and theater.
Charles “JR” Koch has been a salesman for Colonial Electric for the last 20 years. Like his daughter, Emilee, JR is no stranger to the stage. In his youth, JR spent many years taking dance and martial arts lessons and was active at Wilson High School in the theater department. When JR isn’t working, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his friends and family.
JR, Emilee, and Tracie (JR’s wife and Emilee’s mom) reside in Wernersville.
Dancing with the Reading Stars raises money necessary to support on-going operations, scholarships, productions, and our many outreach and offsite programs – 50% of which are provided at little or no cost to the community. In addition to its onsite classes and preschool, Yocum Institute outreach and offsite programs impact 30,000 people each year. 80% are under the age of 18 and 50% of those Yocum serves are considered at risk population. Although many do not realize it, Yocum is much more than the bricks and mortar of the building located at 3000 Penn Avenue. Yocum develops and runs programs throughout Berks County.
Thank you for your generosity in supporting the arts!