Photo by Amy Carper with Carper Creative Photography | Shot on location in the Little Rock River Market
Each year, community leaders put on their dancing shoes in hopes of winning the title that is earned at the Dancing with Our Stars Gala. All this fun and friendly competition among participants benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation and supports the Arkansas chapter’s research and mission: to end and find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue.
Leading up to the grand event, we’re putting each star in the spotlight on our blog.
Meet Michelle L. DuVall
Michelle L. DuVall is a 34 year-old Little Rock, Arkansas native who has been on the dance floor since the age of three years old! Since Michelle tapped her way onto the dance floor, she has been heavily involved in philanthropy as well as her true passion, ALL THINGS FASHION! Michelle spent her time on the dance floor from age three to five years old. At the age of 12, she began to professionally model as well as act for commercial advertisements and public service announcements. Now, Michelle discovers new talents & faces for The Agency Inc. in addition to raising awareness to local and national non-profits.
Her first introduction to the Children’s Tumor Foundation began in 2015 when one of her dearest friend’s (and CTF board member) Sarah Hutchinson Wengel graced the dance floor. Ever since, Michelle has been a supporter of Dancing with Our Stars and is extremely excited that CTF Advisory board member (and Star Alumni) Natalie Rockefeller will serve as Michelle’s mentor. With her support and guidance, Michelle aims to not disappoint her supporters and the organization as she follows the quote, “I came to serve, not to be served.”
Michelle’s history of community involvement includes being a former board member of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, former member of the 20th Century Club Lodge, member of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association; planning committee: of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild Designers House 2016 & 2018, auction committee for Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center: Woman of Inspiration 2015-2017, 2018 Woman of Inspiration Fashion Chair, planning committee Easterseals Arkansas Fashion Event 2016-2018, planning committee for Starry Starry Night benefiting ACCESS School 2018 and event planning committee & co-emcee for ALS in Wonderland 2017 and Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 2018, Children’s Tumor Foundation: Dancing with Our Stars and INSPIRE Wedding Show 2019 (Little Rock & Bentonville, AR)
On Thursday, September 6th Michelle will compete for the dancing title and mirror ball trophy at the gala, in addition to soliciting contributions + votes prior to the event.