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Dancing for Our Future Stars 2017: Meet David Copeland

Dancing for Our Future Stars 2017: Meet David Copeland

Savannah Grove principal hopes he doesn't break a leg

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FLORENCE, S.C. – The School Foundation’s 2017 Dancing for Our Future Stars kicked off with a pairings party on Friday, Jan. 6, and dancers are starting to prepare for the show.

Online voting opens after Feb. 1, when people can support their favorite couples for $10 per vote. At 7 p.m. on March 30, dancers will compete in the annual fundraiser at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Center on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus.

Today, meet “celebrity dancer” David Copeland. He is the principal at Savannah Grove Elementary School. His partner is professional dancer Cheyanne Beck.

Q. What are some of your hobbies?

A. I enjoy working out. I love movies. I love biographies; I love to read nonfiction texts. I really enjoy going to church and family time. I still try to play basketball in an adult league.

Q. How do you like being the principal?

A. I love it. When you’re dealing with children and the future, it has to be in your heart. I really love giving them an opportunity and saving their lives by refusing to let them fail. It rejuvenates me knowing that I’m able to serve 650 kids in Florence.

Q. What dance styles have you discussed performing?

A. We’ve talked about the jive and salsa. She has some other things we could do with our song. It’s still subject to change.

Q. What was the feedback from the students when they found out?

A. Kids are coming up to me and saying, ‘Oh, I heard you’re going to breakdance. You’re going to be dancing for the city.’ Hopefully before we perform, we can perform for our students here.

Q. What are you most excited for?

A. To learn something new — to dance. I love learning new things, so that’s going to be exciting to me. Maybe I can teach someone else something I learn.

Q. What are you most nervous for?

A. They say “break a leg” — but really breaking a leg. I’m really nervous about falling. I can get clumsy sometimes. Cheyenne’s a great dancer. I’m just going to follow her lead.

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