Paramount Theatre Dancing Like the Stars

10 - Joel Alvarado & Monica McClurg

Celebrity Couple


Joel Alvarado frequents Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino here in Anderson. Joel moved from Los Angeles and has worked in casting and film production. He has appeared in TV, movies, and even sang backup for Dennis DeYoung, of the band Styx, during DeYoung's solo tour. 

His artist development came from the industry renowned Renee Grant Williams in Nashville, TN. While in development, Joel has perfected his songwriting and vocal abilities. Joel Alvarado is the modern-day Goober Pyle due to his role in the Andy Griffith Show inspired movie, Mayberry Man.

He is ready to take center stage at the Paramount Theater and prove to himself and others that his dance ability is not a “moose in mud!” When asked about how he thinks he will do in the Dancing Like the Stars competition, Joel says, in typical Mayberry charm, “Why It will be more swell than Aunt Bees’ feet when she got grape stompin’ and bee keepin’ confused.” 

He is passionate about doing his part in maintaining the history of the classic Paramount Theater for future generations to enjoy! Joel wants to let the audience know that in these unprecedented times of suffering that the world is facing, life is better with a dose of Mayberry Magic and... Goober says Hey!


Monica McClurg is an experienced competitive dancer-coach-choreographer for all levels and all styles of ballroom Latin partnership dancing. She began teaching at 16 for a large, franchised dance studio in Greenwood, IN. Monica moved to California to fallow a dance career, found the perfect partner, and became a sponsored ballroom competitor by Zubow Realty, San Jose, CA. She’s an American Rhythm Rising Star Championships & Open Finalist. Monica’s latest adventures include competing at Pro/Am, Paramount Theater’s Dancing Like the Stars, Reason to Dance to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital, Coaching Hendricks County Special Olympics and Showcase dances with students and special show groups. Monica enjoys working with all levels of dancers, from beginners to competitive rising stars.