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JOHN GIDDING OF TLC’S TRADING SPACES

Born in Istanbul, Turkey to a Greek mother and an American father, Can Danny Gidding — pronounced “John” in Turkish— has been subjected to a world of byzantine influences since birth.  Art and music were his earliest loves, and he was drawn to both while attending high school in Leysin, Switzerland.  Afterwards, he majored in Architecture at Yale, received his Master’s in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and embarked upon a career as a designer on television, with shows on HGTV, ABC, FOX, Logo and currently on TLC's "Trading Spaces" where John has moved back into the field of art and art’s applications for interior design.

John has maintained a steady stream of sketchbooks since 1995, sketching whatever provokes his interest with the same skill, precision, and hand-written notes, that were used by illustrators before the age of photography and was taught to him in Leysin.  He splits time between the USA where he lives, and Turkey and Europe where his family lives.

For design gallery, projects and more information on John, please visit www.johngidding.com

Appearing Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. Check back for specific presentation times.
Tommy_TeamMaiTyTommy Bettin
Fred Astaire Dance Studio Richmond

Tommy Bettin, an alumni of Richmond Ballet is the owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios Richmond, a brand new social and competitive ballroom dance studio. He is very excited about bringing ballroom dancing to Richmond and providing professional level facilities and world class instruction with world class dancers. Fred Astaire Dance Studios is a place where learning how to dance is a guarantee and the benefits that come with it are a time-tested treasure.
Tommy’s strong technical base in ballet continuously awarded him opportunities to perform and coach all across the country in the ballroom dance field. In North Carolina, while successfully teaching and competing, Tommy decided to start his own dance studio in Richmond, Virginia and Fred Astaire Richmond was born. He now enjoys participating in the studio activities and continues to perform, compete, and coach professionally. He looks forward to dancing through the rest of his life. 

Appearing on the Fresh Ideas Stage:
Saturday, March 2 at 6pm
Visit with Fred Astaire Dance Studios during the entire show in booth #745.

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