I am Carol Mansfield, a 20-year trained histotechnologist currently working at a dermatology office with a MOHs surgeon. Previously my most enjoyable and important work involved research in ALS. I am proud of many things in my life, but nothing is more important than being a Mom. I have a 21 year old daughter who is my friend, confidant and who has brought me joy and accomplishment. I enjoy reading, exploring new places with my husband and am a firm believer in trying everything once, hence, one of my reasons for dancing with Take the Lead. More importantly, my hope is that enough children will be introduced to Dancing Classrooms which will inevitably lead to a lifetime of skills that include confidence, understanding and respect for others.
Ranko was born in Bosnia where he started his promising dance career at age 9. He won numerous national championships over the next nine years, and in 2009 moved to the US. Competing professionally in American Style Rhythm division, Ranko placed in the finals of all the major competitions in the US. In 2012 Ranko moved to Charlotte NC to dance and work for Metropolitan Ballroom while continuing to compete successfully in international competitions. He wasted no time getting involved in the American dance community and the community at large.
Ranko has now brought his great talents to Winston-Salem, opening the Best of Ballroom studio with Laura Stainback in 2017! He has contributed his considerable expertise and style to Take the Lead for many years, and we are grateful for Ranko and his devotion to this event and the children it will benefit.