Stacey is absolutely thrilled to join this year’s nominees for Dancing with the Space Coast. She began dancing at age three, and dance was all she knew growing up. She was trained in all areas of dance, with the exception of ballroom, so this is a welcomed challenge!
Stacey hung up her dancing shoes in college, and completed nursing school at Florida State University (Go Noles!). During this time, she met the love of her life, Dr. Andrew Zabinski. While Andy was completing residency in both Tampa, and New York, Stacey specialized in Pediatric ICU nursing, which was a very challenging, yet rewarding career choice. She connected with families during the most difficult times and learned the true value in being able to help others.
Stacey relocated to the Space Coast over ten years ago to Melbourne Beach. She is blessed to have two amazing children, Drew (10) and Logan (7). The family enjoys boating, attending sporting and concert events, and volunteering together whenever possible.
In the last year, Stacey helped open Zabinski Urology and is enjoying the challenge of owning a small business. Her favorite part is seeing how the whole office “family” truly enjoys helping patients and providing the most compassionate, comprehensive care around.
Stacey is currently a Genesis House board member, and has been working to help raise funds for the organization for the past three years. She loves that it is very much a small, grass roots organization and is humbled to be a part of such a special group of caring individuals. Stacey is beyond grateful to the Brevard County Sheriff’s office, the community, and her fellow dancers for all of their fundraising efforts and support.
Instructor Barry Johnson
Barry is originally from Long Island, New York. He started dancing at 7 years of age after watching the Fred Astaire movie “Top Hat”. He danced tap, jazz, and ballet for the next 11 years. During that time, he and his family moved to the Kansas City area. Barry began ballroom in June of 1992 at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lenexa, Kansas. With them he completed training through his Silver level. He moved to TC Dance Studio in 1998 where he completed his Gold level dancing. He also became the studio’s Dance Director and Assistant Supervisor.
Barry came to Melbourne to get away from the cold and icy winters of the Midwest in February of 2006. He then began his Pro-Am competing career. His students have earned Championships in American Smooth, and American Rhythm styles of dance, as well as a multitude of top solo awards ranging from the Bronze to Gold levels.
He is living his dream by teaching, dancing, competing, and being part owner of the ever-growing Melbourne Ballroom. In all, Barry has been dancing in one form or another for 40 years and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.