JB and Erin boogie the night away
Jean-Baptiste Mathieu, also known as JB, works at GE Healthcare. He is one of the stars in this year’s Dancing for Our Future Stars of Florence. Erin Haynes, a local dancer, is his partner in the competition.
The pair will be doing a 1970’s themed disco dance and will be dancing to the song ‘Boogie Wonderland’.
JB says that he has had some dance experience in the past, but that it was more Latin dancing and was nothing like disco at all. However, he is still very excited to be able to participate in this competition.
Erin has been dancing for over 20 years. This is her third year dancing with stars as part of the Dancing for Our Future Stars of Florence competition. Erin says that JB is doing a really great job and that his footwork is ‘on point’. They are still trying to work on his shimmying ability, although.
The two are going to be wearing outfits that reflect the era of the 1970’s and of disco. JB, who was born just three weeks before the end of 1979 is going to channel that little bit of the 70’s in him for his costume and look.
JB is also excited to be part of raising money for local schools. He is more nervous about fundraising than dancing itself. However, he says that his team at GE has been a great help, both with fundraising and moral support.
Each week JB records his progress on a specifically dedicated Facebook page called JB Dances 4 Our Future Stars.
The other participants are:
• Ed Clements (12th Circuit Solicitor) and Deysha Miller
• Matt Dowdell (Florence 1 Schools/WFHS) and Tiffany Welsh
• Tyron Jones (FDTC) and Amanda Smith
• Robert LeMaster (Edward Jones) and Meggie Baker
• Nathaniel Lockhart (AccuStaff) and Connie Mixon
• Kevin Miller (McLeod Health & Fitness) and Ethan Welsh
• Dr. Veeral Oza (McLeod Digestive Health Center) and Rachel Fenters
• Robin Parker (Fitness Forum) and Cole Davis
• Dr. Tyler Perry (Palmetto Smiles) and Hannah Yarborough
• Johnny Rishmawi (Budget Blinds) and Julia Williams
• Luke Wilcox (Wilcox Office Mart) and Alexis McDonald
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.
As of February 1st, 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.
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. 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.