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Amanda and Tyron are on fire

on Tuesday, 05 March 2019. Posted in Good life, News, Local News

Amanda and Tyron are on fire
Left: Tyron at the Dancing for Our Future Stars Pairings Party. Right: Tyron and Amanda rehearsing their Salsa.

By: William M. Mingus,III

Tyron Jones of Florence Darlington Technical College will be a star participating in this year’s Dancing for Our Future Stars of Florence. His partner will be Amanda Smith.

Tyron and Amanda will be dancing the Salsa to Pitbull’s hit song “Fireball”.

Amanda has over twenty years of dance experience and this is her fifth year with the Dancing for Our Future Stars competition. She is excited and said that Tyron is doing great and is a great student.

Tyron has no formal dance experience. He said that rehearsals are going great and that he is excited. He is trying to “live up to Amanda’s standards’. Tyron said he shied away at first but ultimately got involved to support the School Foundation, because “they do great work with the districts”. So far he has enjoyed the challenge and says that this is a great way to trim down.

The other participants are:

•Ed Clements (12th Circuit Solicitor) and Deysha Miller

•Luke Wilcox (Wilcox Office Mart) and Alexis Kelley McDonald

•Robert LeMaster (Edward Jones) and Meggie Baker

•Matt Dowdell (Florence 1 Schools) and Tiffany Welsh.

•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

•Nathaniel Lockhart (AccuStaff) and Connie Mixon

On Thursday, March 28, 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 p.m. and the competition at 7 p.m. 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.

Fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at 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. 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.

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