Dancing with the Stars
Season Nine

October 22, 2022
6:00 p.m.
Fairmont State University- Falcon Center
Kara Thomas / Dominick Claudio

Kara was born and raised in beautiful Fairmont, West Virginia. Her pride and joy are her two children, Tiffanie and Jay, and her precious little grandson, Dawson.   

Fresh out of High School, Kara went to Morgantown Beauty College to become a Cosmetologist. She has been a Cosmetologist for over 20 years. In 2016, she decided to pursue another goal, which was to obtain her Real Estate License. Anyone that knows Kara appreciates her easygoing demeanor and contagious smile. She has a deep passion for helping people, which has proven her to be successful within the hair industry and the Real Estate world. It didn’t take long for her to grow within Springston Real Estate.  Kara became an owner in 2018, which has allowed her to focus more of her energy on her Real Estate career. Aside from listing & selling residential real estate, land, and commercial real estate, Kara is currently working towards attaining her West Virginia Broker’s License. 

She currently sits on the Main Street Fairmont board and looks forward to continuing to give back to the community and help our beautiful city grow and thrive!

Dominick is a graduate of West Virginia University of 2010 and holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Accounting. He has been a member of many West Virginia organizations, including the Star City council, Main Street Morgantown, Monongalia County Development Authority, and is currently serving on the board of the Salvation Army. Along with several Best of Morgantown awards for his numerous business ventures, Dominick was also nominated as a Community Champion 2019, Mover and Shaper 2021 for North Central WV by WV Living Magazine, and a WV Execuitive Magazine Young Gun for 2020.

Dominick Claudio is the Chairman and CEO of Claudio Corporation. Claudio Corporation was recognized as one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing private companies in America in 2017. He is a Morgantown native who works to create a better tomorrow for his hometown and the state of West Virginia. As a licensed West Virginia contractor, he has turned his passion to community redevelopment through real estate acquisitions and small business start-ups. By doing this, Dominick has cultivated the rebirth of a once-blighted community by investing in and restoring historic, dilapidated buildings and creating more than 35 full-time jobs in the local area.

Carrie began dancing at the age of 4 and later joined the Annabel Timms School of Ballet at age 12. A graduate of West Virginia University with a BA in dance, Carrie has danced in multiple showcases at WVU and has performed at the American College Dance Association’s conference in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2019. Along with this, she has choreographed four original dance pieces for WVU’s annual Celebration of Dance showcase from 2019-2021, was selected to perform at the 2020 A.C.D.A conference and performed as a featured dancer in musical artist Lillie King’s debut music video for the song Roses.

Trained in hip-hop, ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, tap, jazz, Gaga, and Indian dance styles, Carrie also has special skills in aerial silks and is proficient on the flute and drums. Previously, she was a choreographer and assistant coach with the South Harrison Middle School dance line and a choreographer with the Liberty High School dance line. Currently, Carrie serves as a company dancer for Allegro Dance Company and as an instructor at Studio 9 Dance Academy, Rhapsody, and Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts.

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