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Morningstar bringing a little 'magic' to Dancing with the Stars

Mark Morningstar, the pastor at First Presbyterian Church, will dance with Lauren Coleman at Shelby County Dancing with the Stars on Nov. 10.


Mark Morningstar is looking for a little “magic” during his performance at the 2018 Shelby County Dancing with the Stars fundraiser event.

Morningstar is the Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville with the claim to fame of once getting to scrimmage against future NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson when he was in high school.

Morningstar graduated from Western Michigan University with a BBA in Accounting and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He has lived in Shelby County for 10 years.

Morningstar and his wife, Cynthia, have three grown daughters, Mandy, Beth and Jill, and two grandsons, Owen and Gavin. Cynthia Morningstar is the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church and accompanist for all the choirs at Shelbyville High School.

He serves as a board member of Shelby County Senior Services and is involved with the Java with Jesus Pastor Group. He enjoys fishing, especially fly fishing, golfing, hiking and kayaking. 

Lauren Coleman is Morningstar’s dance partner and instructor. She is a lifelong Shelby County resident who works for MHP in Dr. Hensley’s family practice office. She is married and has four children.

Coleman studied music in college and has an AD in medical assisting. She sits on the board for the Shelbyville Youth Football League, which is affiliated with the Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club, and she has created a new program for SYFL that incorporates a dance team and cheer squad.

Coleman says her personal mission is to start a program that she is calling “The Starfish Project,” which can help patients by supplying them with short term supplies of daily essentials for hygiene and wellness, along with information for other access points in the community where they might find needed services. 

She has been performing since she was 3 years old. Her love for tap dance, in which she inspired to be the next Gregory Hines, gave her a chance to learn from very talented instructors in Shelby County. She began choreographing at the age of 12 which has blossomed into performing and teaching for over 20 years.

Shelby County Dancing with the Stars is a major fundraiser event for Shelby Senior Services and Shelby County Players. The event takes place on Nov. 10 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. with the dancing competition slated to start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are currently on sale at Shelby Senior Services, 1504 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Tickets prices are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Pub table seating also is available for $150.

This year’s performers will offer a “Sneak Peek” to their dances on Oct. 26 at Breck Auditorium at Shelbyville High School. Tickets are $10 for the 7 p.m. show, and are available at Shelby Senior Services or Mickey’s T-Mart in Shelbyville.