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Eclectic native Rodney Mitchell Walls took top prize in the Dancing with the Nashville Stars charity dance competition last month.
Eclectic native Rodney Mitchell Walls took top prize in the Dancing with the Nashville Stars charity dance competition last month.

Area native ‘cha-chas’ to Nashville dance win

Published 2:45pm Friday, December 6, 2013

Nashville celebrity hair stylist Rodney Mitchell Walls, a native of Eclectic, was named grand champion at the 2013 edition of Dancing with the Nashville Stars, a celebrity dance competition to benefit Feed America First.

The event, which featured local celebrities including professional athletes, news personalities and politicians, raised more than $56,000 to provide more than 800,000 meals to needy families.

Walls and his professional dance partner Milly Elkin raised the most money through the sale of event tickets, online votes, and votes cast the event which was held on Nov. 7 at the Factory in Franklin, Tenn.  Dancing a modern interpretation of the cha-cha, Walls and Elkin received high marks from the five judges.

“This was one of the most difficult challenges I have ever taken on,” Walls said about event. “At first it was about not embarrassing myself.  But soon it was just fun to work with Milly. Combine that with the chance to raise money for such a worthwhile organization that does so much good and I have to say it was one of the most fulfilling things I have ever been involved with.  I am so grateful for all of my friends and clients who supported me with both their words of encouragement and their money.”

Rodney Mitchell Walls is one of the South’s most influential hair stylists.  His work with some of Music City’s biggest celebrities has been seen around the world. Mitchell has styled the hair of country music luminaries such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Jeffrey Steele, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, and Shania Twain.

His work with these celebrities has been seen on the pages of the world’s most popular magazines, and television screens across the globe.

Among the designers Rodney and his staff have worked with on area fashion shows are Michael Vollbracht, Ralph Rucci, Pamella Roland, Lela Rose, Zang Toi, David Rodriquez, Rosalinia, Tracy Stern, Mattoe Norris, Douglas Hannaut, Gustavo Cadille, Tulah, and Badgley Mischka.

In addition to making Nashville a more beautiful place, Rodney Mitchell Walls also works to make Nashville and Middle Tennessee a better place for everyone with his hard work and fundraising skills.  He has helped raise millions of dollars for organizations such as Feed America First, The American Cancer Society, Look Good Feel Better, Gilda’s Club, Locks of Love, Bridges of Williamson County, Nashville Cares, The Comprehensive Care Center, The Human Rights Campaign, Camp Smile Mile, The Elephant  Sanctuary, The Nashville Symphony, the Red Cross, and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

For more information about Feed America First, visit their website at feedamericafirst.org

For more information on the Rodney Mitchell Salon, visit their website at rodneymitchellsalon.com

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