Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County 2016

Ariadne Roberts with Jamie Harvey, Winners of Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County 2016 Photo by Jana E. Pye

Ariadne Roberts with Jamie Harvey, Winners of Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County 2016
Photo by Jana E. Pye

Be sure to view the slideshow of photographs below!

Incredibly talented dancers, rousing music, and gorgeous costumes graced the Center Theater stage for the 3rd Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

The planning committee declared that the event was a huge success, raising over $80,000 – surpassing last year’s fundraising totals for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault efforts in Darlington County.

Eliza Truett, member of the planning committee, shared the following:

“The Pee Dee Coalition Committee has been celebrating that the community has continued to support this cause. We have some new programs we would like to launch, and this event will help the board meet the needs of more individuals who need the help from the Coalition. We had a sold out show this year and were able to raise more money than we have in past years, which we consider a huge success.”

Congratulations to winners of the event Ariadne Roberts and Jamie Harvey, who danced a gorgeous tango to the song “Sway.”

People’s Choice Award winners Sheila Schmotzer and Jay Lucas lit up the stage with their rumba style dance to “Here’s Looking at You, Kid”.

Sheila Schmotzer with Jay Lucas, People's Choice Award Winners of Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County 2016 Photo by Jana E. Pye

Sheila Schmotzer with Jay Lucas, People’s Choice Award Winners of Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County 2016
Photo by Jana E. Pye

The competition for People’s Choice winners was fierce; two other dance teams, Melissa Johnson with Dan Askins and Fran Elrod with Brian Youngblood were in the top three for People’s Choice. Ballot Girls sold $10 tickets to audience members throughout the event.

First runners up were Lynn Shillinglaw and Caleb Roberts who danced Charleston to “Bang Bang.”

All 13 dance teams with Andy Locklair on stage at the Center Theater awaiting judge's results for Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County 2016 Photo by Jana E. Pye

All 13 dance teams with Andy Locklair on stage at the Center Theater awaiting judge’s results for Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County 2016
Photo by Jana E. Pye

Second runner up couple Sarah Floyd and Barry Brown danced the jive to “Rip It Up.”

The other dance teams were: Sandi Brown & Gary De Santis; Lauren Corry & Eric Snyder; Fran Elrod & Brian Youngblood; Lyles Huntley & Lukas Glenn; Melissa Johnson & Dan Askins; Jaimie Cranford & Mark Lewallen; Edward “Spider” George & Jordan Pupa; Kenzo Tochiki & Alyssa Hicks; and Leo Windham & Michaela Mixon.

Judges were: Anna White Hill, Terry Poplava, Virginia Gantt, and Monty Bell.

Master of Ceremonies again this year was Andy Locklair, and Beth Grant shared a poignant speech reminding attendees exactly why the services of Pee Dee Coalition are so needed.

Mobile users, please click link to view slideshow of photographs: Dancing with the Stars

Author: Jana Pye

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