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Deysha and Ed Cha Cha like ‘Smooth Criminals’

on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Posted in Good life, News, Arts & Culture, Local News

Deysha and Ed Cha Cha like ‘Smooth Criminals’
Left: Deysha and Ed at the Paring Party. Right: Deysha and Ed rehearsing the Cha Cha.

By: William M. Mingus, III

Ed Clements, the 12th Circuit Solicitor, will be a star participating in this year’s Dancing for Our Future Stars of Florence. His partner will be Deysha Miller.

Ed and Deysha will be dancing the Cha Cha to Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit “Smooth Criminal”.

Deysha has been dancing for close to seventeen years, starting since she was in third grade. This is Deysha’s first year competing with the Dancing for Our Future Stars competition. She loves working with Ed saying that “I am very proud of the progress he is making”.

Ed joked about his dancing experience, saying he has a few hours of experience. So far Ed said the rehearsals have been, “fun and that Deysha has been very patient and kind”. Ed decided to participate this year to support the School Foundation.

The other participants are:

•Dr. Veeral Oza (McLeod Digestive Health Care) and

•Tyron Jones (FDTC) and Amanda Smith

•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

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

•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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