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Get ready for a ‘swinging’ good time

on Thursday, 10 March 2016. Posted in Good life, Local News, FEATURES

Get ready for a ‘swinging’ good time

Katie Wilcox and Joseph Stein are perfecting an overall back flip for the lively southern swing dance they will perform at the 6th Annual Dancing With The Stars of Florence. The sold-out benefit for the Florence School Foundation will take place on Tuesday evening, March 22. “We’re having a great time,” Katie said at a recent rehearsal.

The pair will dance to Christina Aguilera’s peppy “Candyman.” Katie’s dance experience includes ballet, tap and jazz lessons when she was young, colorguard in school and shagging with her husband, Luke. She loves music and has been playing the harp since age 11. She is the marketing and community development representative at Pee Dee Electric Cooperative Inc. Asked to be a celebrity dancer, Katie was excited although a tad nervous but thought, “You just have to get over it because you’re raising money for a great cause!”

A product of FSD1’s Royall, Moore, Sneed and West Florence schools, she feels anything she can do to give back and further our community is a must. Joseph knew performing with DWTSF would be a fantastic experience, so he jumped at the chance. His dance experience includes dancing in musical productions at the Florence Little Theatre. He has worked as a state tax credit representative for ADP for the past 12 years.

Local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at SiMT Building to compete for one or all trophies. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and the competition will follow at 7 p.m. This year’s 12 dance couples are:

• Dwayne Brockington and Brandi Williamson

• Adam Crosson and Tiffany Welsh • Deb Davis and Chris Mixon

• Pam Flowers and Cole Davis

• Dr. Michael K. Foxworth II and Meggie Baker

• Dr. Bill Hazelwood and Drew Arnold

• George Jebaily and Amanda Smith

• Dr. Brian Naylor and Georgeanna Kelley

• Tara Newton and Antonio Robinson

• Dr. Supen Patel and Shandi Cox

• Ray Taylor and Desiree Stokes

• Katie Wilcox and Joseph Steen

A panel of judges will name one couple Technical Skills Winner based on the contestants’ overall skills. A couple will also be chosen as “Most Entertaining” by the judges. People’s Choice trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes. Dancers receiving the largest number of online votes will be awarded the Social Stars trophy. Fans may vote online for their favorite couples at www. for $10 per vote. You can follow the dancers’ progress on Facebook at Dancing With The Stars of Florence.

About The School Foundation Founded in 2000, The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence 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 $1,091,356 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

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