Realtor hopes to ‘cha cha’ to winner status at dance competition
By BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C.
Joey McMillan and Katelyn Rodgers have found their groove with Michael Jackson’s “Blame It On The Boogie” for the 2018 Dancing For Our Future Stars competition on March 22 at the SiMT.
The pair hope to cha cha their way to victory with a dance routine choreographed by Katelyn and Burnadene Kelley-Newman.
“It’s a fun upbeat song,” said Joey who claims he’s never danced before.
However, the event is for a great cause and he expects it will be great fun.
When not rehearsing, Joey is a mover and shaker in the real estate world. He has been running Coldwell Banker McMillan and Associates. for the past 11 years.
Joey is delighted with his partner and teacher, Katelyn, whom he says is very agreeable and patient with him.
“She is doing a great job. I know she knows and I don’t,” he quipped.
Katelyn has 16 years of dance training. She competed in last year’s DFOFS as partner to the Rev. Will Malambri. The Hannah Pamplico High School senior hopes to attend Clemson in the fall.
The remaining dance couples for this year’s event are:
• Dr. Lisa Bishara (McLeod Health) and Joseph Steen
• Ken Baker (WMBF News) and Mary Grace Colburn
• Louie Callahan (Burch Oxner Seale Co., CPAs) and Alexis McDonald
• Ron Glancy (Raines Hospitality) and Tiffany Welsh
• David Hall (First Reliance Bank) and Erin Haynes
• Dr. Ramzy Hourany (Carolinas Hospital System) and Julia Thompson
• Jammie McDonald (First Citizens Bank) and Cole Davis
• Dr. Calvin Robinson (Trinity Baptist Church) and Fallon Frierson
• Chris Rogers (Carver Elementary School) and Morgan Truitt
• Robbie Timms (BB&T) and Meggie Baker
• Les Ward (Pepsi of Florence, LLC/Pee Dee Food Service) and Mallory Baxley
These local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at the 8th annual dancing competition on March 22. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by 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 DancingForOurFutureStarsOfFlorence.com for $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.
School Foundation board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2017 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce Team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening.
All proceeds from this major fund-raising event will go to The School Foundation. Founded in 2000, the foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence, SC School District 1 through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success.
To date, the foundation has provided over $1,355,377 in grants to FSD1 educators and is currently leading a school readiness awareness campaign focusing on preparing all children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed. The foundation also launched Start2Read, a program that distributes age appropriate books and reading tips in local businesses.
To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www.theschoolfoundation.org.