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Dance-off held in Florence competition to benefit The School Foundation

Dance-off held in Florence competition to benefit The School Foundation

Twelve couples jived, salsaed and swung across the stage during the 2019 Dancing For Our Future Stars fundraiser Thursday evening at the SiMT building on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus. 

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'A little bit of shock': Contestant 'Honored' to participate

'A little bit of shock': Contestant 'Honored' to participate

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars couples hae been practicing for the past two months, and the competition will be held at 7:00pm Thursday.

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Fun but 'crazy': Competitor: 'I'm getting my dances mixed up'.

Fun but 'crazy': Competitor: 'I'm getting my dances mixed up'.

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars competition is one day away.  Couples have been practicing for the past two months.

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"A great opportunity": Contestant excited about competition.

The School Foundation's 2019 Dancing For Our Future Stars began Thursday with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and couples have begun preparing for the show.

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The trepidation factor: Dance competitor Ed Clements doesn't know what to expect.

The trepidation factor: Dance competitor Ed Clements doesn't know what to expect.

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off on Jan. 10 with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and practices have begun.

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"Something fun to do": Contestant says she jumped at chance to participate

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off on Jan. 10 with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and the competition is quickly approaching.

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'I felt obliged':  Contestant resisted at first, but then he said, 'Why not?'

'I felt obliged': Contestant resisted at first, but then he said, 'Why not?'

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off on January 10 with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and the competition is a little more than two weeks away.

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Contestant says his biggest fear is missing a step

Contestant says his biggest fear is missing a step

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars is a little more than three weeks away.

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'Flattered but happy': Competitor having fun with practice

'Flattered but happy': Competitor having fun with practice

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off on Jan. 10 with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and practices are continuing to take place.

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Nathaniel and Connie are ready to Cha Cha

Nathaniel and Connie are ready to Cha Cha

Nathaniel Lockhart of AccuStaff will be a star participating in this year's Dancing For Our Future Stars of Florence.  His partner is Connie Mixon.

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Matt and Tiffany know all about that bass

Matt and Tiffany know all about that bass

Matt Dowdell of Florence 1 Schools, specifically West Florence High School will be a star participating in this year’s Dancing for Our Future Stars of Florence. His partner will be Tiffany Welsh.

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"I was actually excited": Contestant likes the way people connect for event.

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off of Jan. 10 with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and practices are continuing to take place.

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'Something different': Competitor says he loves the challenge

'Something different': Competitor says he loves the challenge

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off on January 10 with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and practices are continuing to take place.

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JB and Erin boogie the night away

JB and Erin boogie the night away

Jean-Baptiste Mathieu, also known as JB, works at GE Healthcare.  He is one of the stars in this year's Dancing For Our Future Stars of Florence.

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'Nerve-wracking': Competitor willing to push out of 'comfort zone'

'Nerve-wracking': Competitor willing to push out of 'comfort zone'

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off on Jan. 10 with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and practices are in full swing.

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Principal says he knows it's for a good cause

Principal says he knows it's for a good cause

The School Foundation's Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off on Jan.10 with a pairings party to announce dance couples, and practices are in full swing.

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The School Foundation announces Dancing For Our Future Stars dance couples

The School Foundation announces Dancing For Our Future Stars dance couples

Florence, SC – A Pairings Party was held on January 10, 2019 at the Floyd Conference Center to formally announce the 2019 Dancing For Our Future Stars dance couples. 

The participants are:

  • Ed Clements (12th Circuit Solicitor) and Deysha Miller
  • Matt Dowdell (Florence 1 Schools/WFHS) and Tiffany Welsh
  • Tyron Jones (FDTC) and Amanda Smith
  • Robert LeMaster (Edward Jones) and Meggie Baker
  • Nathaniel Lockhart (AccuStaff) and Connie Mixon
  • Jean-Baptiste Mathieu (GE Healthcare) and Erin Haynes
  • Kevin Miller (McLeod Health & Fitness) and Ethan Welsh
  • Dr. Veeral Oza (McLeod Digestive Health Center) and Rachel Fenters
  • Robin Parker (Fitness Forum) and Cole Davis
  • Dr. Tyler Perry (Palmetto Smiles) and Hannah Yarborough
  • Johnny Rishmawi (Budget Blinds) and Julia Williams
  • Luke Wilcox (Wilcox Office Mart) and Alexis McDonald

On Thursday, March 28, 2019 local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at the 9th annual dancing competition.  The reception will begin at 6:00pm and the competition at 7:00pm.  Guests will enjoy food, beverages, fellowship, and an opportunity to win a custom designed jewelry piece donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design. 

After February 1st, fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at DancingForOurFutureStarsOfFlorence.com for only $10 per vote.  The “People’s Choice” mirror ball trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes. A panel of judges will name one couple “Technical Skills Winner” based on the contestants’ overall skills. One couple will also be chosen as “Most Entertaining” by the judges. Dancers receiving the largest number of online votes will be awarded the “Social Stars” trophy.

The School Foundation’s board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2018 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening.

About The School Foundation

Founded in 2000, The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence 1 Schools through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success.  To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www.theschoolfoundation.org. To date, the foundation has provided over $1,525,030 in grants to Florence 1 educators and launched their Count 5! public awareness campaign at the district’s 2018 Early Childhood Champions Summit.  The foundation is leading a school readiness awareness campaign focusing on preparing all children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed and launched Start2Read, a program that distributes age appropriate books and reading tips in local businesses.


DFOFS Winners

DFOFS Winners

Louie Callahan and Alexis McDonald captured the Mirror Ball trophy (Technical Skills Award) at the 2018 Dancing For Our Future Stars fundraiser for The School Foundation held during the evening of March 22 at the SiMT building at Florence-Darlington Technical College. 

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Dancing For Our Future Stars 2018

Dancing For Our Future Stars 2018

Twelve local "celebrities" danced for education during the annual Dancing For Our Future Stars fundraiser on Thursday evening at the SiMT building at Florence-Darlington Technical College.

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Stiff competition: Dance event in Florence a collaborative community effort

Stiff competition: Dance event in Florence a collaborative community effort

Twelve local "celebrities" danced for education during the annual Dancing For Our Future Stars fundraiser on Thursday evening at the SiMT building at Florence-Darlington Technical College.

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