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Rachel and Dr. Oza are ready to remix the Salsa

on Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Posted in Good life, News, Arts & Culture, Local News

Rachel and Dr. Oza are ready to remix the Salsa
Left: Rachel and Dr. Oza rehersing the Salsa. Right: Rachel and Dr. Oza at the Paring Party.

Dr. Veeral Oza from McLeod Digestive Health Care will be a star participating in this year’s Dancing for Our Future Stars of Florence. His partner will be Rachel Fenters.

Dr. Oza and Rachel will be dancing the Salsa to a Bollywood inspired remix of Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit Shape of You.

Rachel has been dancing for close to seventeen years, starting when she was three. She took a small break during nursing school. This is Rachel’s first year competing with the Dancing for Our Future Stars competition. She loves working with Dr. Oza saying that “he has a natural rhythm”.

Dr Oza has a little bit of dancing experience with his sister. So far Dr. Oza said the rehearsals have been, “fun and an excellent workout. The whole experience has been wonderful and Rachel is a great, patient partner”.

The other participants are:

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

•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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