Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County: Meet the Dancers


It’s almost time again to hit the dance floor. Dancing With the Stars of Darlington County, an annual charity event benefiting the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, will be staged once again at the Center Theater in Hartsville. The event will take place January 25, 2018.

The reveal party September 27 at the Beasley Farm introduced this year’s crop of personalities and professionals who will boogie down, cut a rug, and bust a move for a great cause.

To follow along with the training and get updates on the event, visit them on Facebook and on their website at www.darlingtoncountydancingwiththestars.com

Each week until the big night, we will introduce two couples in the News and Press.

This week’s couples are:
Celebrity Curtis Boyd, dancing with professional Logan Suggs
Celebrity Jeff Robinson, dancing with professional Ashley LeSage

Celebrity Dancer Curtis Boyd has been the Owner of Fitness Worldwide Gyms for the past 27 years. His gyms include 10 locations. Curtis is a Christian father of three sons and is married to his beautiful wife, Denise Boyd. He is a graduate of Francis Marion University and Florence Darlington Technical College. Curtis is a 5th degree black belt and has trained for 33 years. He is happy to participate in DWTS and help stop domestic violence. Curtis is thankful to have a wonderful and loving family, Logan Suggs as his fantastic dance partner, and many supportive friends. Above all, Curtis says he’s thankful to God for sending His son Jesus to save him from his sins.

Professional Dancer Logan Suggs is a graduate of Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology. She currently attends Francis Marion University seeking a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Logan now works at Fitness Worldwide Gyms and loves that it is a Christian-based gym. She attends church at The Well PPHC in Pamplico, SC. Logan has 13 years of ballet experience and is excited to be a part of Dancing with the Stars to help raise awareness of domestic and sexual assault in our community.

Choreographer Brenda Cranford is the owner and artistic director of Brenda Cranford School of Dance in Hartsville. She opened BCSD in 1981 and takes much pride in the reputation and quality the dance studio has secured in the community over the years. Brenda has trained all her life in all areas of dance and has been very involved in her community providing entertainment and guest choreography for numerous events and charities. The studio was named in 1987 by Dance Spirit Magazine as one of the top 50 studios in America and competes regionally and nationally for several major dance competitions. Brenda’s passion is teaching dance and inspiring others through the art of dance regardless of age or level. Brenda was named Business Person of the Year for 2013 by the Chamber of Commerce and is the proud mother of two girls, Whitney and Jaimie, and wife to her husband of 40 years, Kim. She wishes all the dancers the best of luck and would like to personally thank each of them for their time and effort to make this event possible.

Celebrity Dancer Jeff Robinson was born and raised in Darlington, South Carolina. He graduated from Mayo High School where he served as Student Body President and Captain of the Darlington High School Football team. Jeff is an Honors Graduate of Francis Marion University and was elected Treasurer of Darlington County in 2016. When asked why he supports the Coalition, Jeff says, “South Carolina has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the United States. The Pee Dee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Assault provides an invaluable service to our communities, and they need our support in order to continue to fight against domestic and sexual violence. DWTS is an opportunity for us to come together as a community, raise money for a great cause, and have a little fun while we’re at it.”

Professional Dancer Ashley LeSage is from Storrs, Connecticut where she started dancing at the age of three. Her passion for dance brought her to Coker College in the fall of 2011 where she studied Dance Performance/Choreography and Dance Education. Ashley graduated from Coker College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in the spring of 2015 and immediately began working as a dance instructor in public schools, as well as, Hartsville’s MOVE Dance Academy. She is currently working towards her MA in Teaching Artistry through Wayne State University. Recently, Ashley accepted the position as Dance Teacher at Thornwell School for the Arts. She chose to participate in this wonderful event because using her talents for the greater good has been, and will always be, her mission through her artistic career. Ashley supports the Pee Dee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Assault because everyone deserves to feel safe and supported through their journey in life.

Author: mrollins

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