MITCH NEUHAUSER is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Regulation at RAI Service Company. “I’m Taking the Lead this year because there is nothing more important than the health, welfare and self-esteem of our children. Programs provided by Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Take the Lead North Carolina provide children in our community with much needed attention and skills that will enable our next generation to succeed in life. I can’t wait to dance across the stage in support of such a great cause. Please join in the fun.”

JULIANNE HARPER is an educator, performer, director, and choreographer. She has trained in various dance forms, ranging from contemporary to tap, and holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently Ms. Harper teaches dance for UNCSA’s Acting Out program, is an apprentice fellow for A+ Schools of NC, and serves as a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms. Her work with Take the Lead North Carolina is dearest to her heart, providing children the opportunity to learn about themselves and others through the joy of movement. Watching the growth of the students as they gain confidence and respect for themselves as well as their classmates is an immeasurable experience that continues to enrich Ms Harper’s life well beyond the walls of the classroom.


    You or your business can SPONSOR a Celebrity/Pro Team or the TAKE THE LEAD 2018 event itself! Sponsors receive many perks, including acknowledgment and thanks in all event publicity and the event program, as well as special VIP PRIORITY SEATING at the event.