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Alexis and Luke are T-R-O-U-B-L-E

on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Posted in Good life, News, Arts & Culture, Local News

Alexis and Luke are T-R-O-U-B-L-E
Alexis and Luke rehearsing the Jive.

Luke Wilcox of Wilcox Office Mart will be a star participating in this year’s Dancing for Our Future Stars of Florence. His partner will be Alexis Kelley McDonald.

Luke and Alexis will be dancing the Jive to Travis Tritt’s 1992 hit TROUBLE.

Alexis has been dancing since she was two years old. She’s been a competitive and professional dancer, working at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach. She is also a certified dance instructer with the Dance Masters of America. She is no stranger to the Dancing for Our Future Stars competition. She won the first ever event in Florence, as well as winning the event last year. She has also directed the Crenshaw County competition and has won the Entertainment Award in the Lee County competition.

Luke has no dance experience but his parents were competitive shag dancers. He says that rehearsals have been great because “he has a wonderful, most bestest partner”, which may have been said within ear shot of Alexis. Luke said the thing he likes most so far is learning how to Jive and how different it is.

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 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.

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.

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