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FLORENCE, S.C. — The School Foundation’s Dancing For Our Future Stars kicked off on Jan. 9 with a pairing party to announce dance couples, and practices have started.
Voting will open by the end of January, and people can vote for their favorite couples for $10 per vote.
Dancers will compete at 7 p.m. on March 26 at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Center on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus.
One of the 12 “celebrity dancers” is Keisha Johnson, who is a director of loss draft at Assurant.
Johnson is dancing with Chris Mixon to the song “I Want Candy” by Aaron Carter.
Johnson recently took time to answer questions.
Q: What was your reaction to being asked to participate in Dancing For Our Future Stars?
A: “My first reaction was, ‘Oh, my God. This is so exciting,’ and then I quickly went to: ‘Oh, my God. I have two left feet.’”
Q: Why is it important to support The School Foundation?
A: “The awesome thing about this is that my son — I have a son who is in the Florence One district — along with all the other students in the F1S district benefits from all the grants, the innovative learning, the initiatives that The School Foundation provides year after year. So it’s just an awesome foundation to really sow back into the community. It’s great because I’m new here. We’ve been here for a little over four months. It’s awesome to see what they’ve done year after year just by reading what they’ve done.”
Q: What is the most exciting part of having this opportunity?
A: “You know what I think the most exciting part is to ... to see what I can do as far as dancing and pushing myself out of my comfort zone and the competition part — just the friendly competition among the dancers. The banter back and forth has been awesome.”
Q: Do you have a background in dance?
A: “Absolutely not.”
Q: What are some of your pastimes when you’re not dancing?
A: “I love to travel. I’ve been to Paris. Every year on my birthday I try to travel somewhere out the country. So, you know, I just love to travel and be with my family. I have two sons. So, I just love spending time with them and my parents.”
Q: What is your biggest fear with the competition?
A: “Getting on stage and forgetting the whole routine. Just forgetting and going blank.”
Q: How have your co-workers responded to your dancing?
A: “They’re super excited. They’re super excited. They’re with me every step of the way, so I definitely want them to be able to come and watch the practices. I want my company to be a part of this journey with me.”
Q. What drives you to give back?
A: “Just the overall sense of purpose, just that we have the ability to reach back out and help other folks, and just the satisfaction of knowing that we’re taking time out of our busy schedules to do one or two things to help someone in need is something we should be proud of.”
Q: Are you competitive?
Q: Do you think you’ll keep dancing after this?
A: “I went to practice yesterday, and I was so excited to learn the routine that I might actually think about going to the adult classes at the dance school. I’m considering it.”
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