Mother to three little girls and wife of retired Police Officer Josh Vadell, who was shot in the line of duty on Sept.3, 2016, Laura Vadell was pregnant with the couple’s third daughter at the time of her husband’s near-fatal injury. Previously with AtlantiCare for eight years, Laura became an advocate for Josh, pushing him toward recovery. With her sights set on continuing her Bachelors in Nursing Degree, Laura strives to give back to the community in need as much as possible — by participating in Dancing Under the Stars and supporting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey — Southern Branch, as well as by her work with “The Josh Vadell Foundation,” the non-profit foundation she started with her husband.
Al Henry, Professional Dancer
An instructor at the Academy of Ballroom Dancing in Northfield for the past 16 years, Al Henry started his career with the Arthur Murray Studio in Narberth, Penn., almost 30 years ago. After three years of teaching and training, he entered the professional competitive scene, and competing in and winning several regional competitions before injuries took their toll. Still a dance instructor, Al teaches both social as well as competitive dancing, and competes with his students in pro/am competitions. The recipient of many top teacher awards, Al has watched his students receive their own numerous awards. In fact, in 2010, Al got to be a part of the "Dancing with the Stars" tour in Atlantic City with one of his competitive child students, who wound up winning the competition.