Eighth in a series

FLORENCE, S.C. — The School Foundation’s 2017 Dancing for Our Future Stars began with a pairings party on Jan. 5, and dancers now are less than a month away from the show.

Voting is open to the public, and 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.

“Celebrity dancer” Andrew Imbeau is the managing director at ProMotion Rehab and Sports Medicine. His professional dance partner is Hannah Yarborough. Imbeau too a break last week to answer some questions.

Q. What was your first reaction when you were asked to participate in Dancing for Our Future Stars?

A. No. My wife and Debbie Hyler were very convincing and made a strong case about helping the schools and young children, so I finally agreed. Plus, I knew it would be fun, and it is a lot of fun. So I’m glad that I agreed to do it.

Q. Do you have any dance experience?

A. No. I was always involved in athletics growing up. I’ve always been very competitive.

Q. Do you think that’s played to your advantage as you’ve been practicing?

A. I guess we’ll find out on March 30.

Q. What’s been the best part of the experience so far?

A. Learning to dance. It’s been fun. My wife is actually a wife medicine specialist, and so she specializes in treating injured dancers and helping them prevent injury. So when I started dancing, the amount of athleticism involved became clear to me that that’s there very quickly. It put some validity behind what she does and made me kind of buy into her specialty a little more, not that I already wasn’t.

Q. What is your biggest fear for competition day?

A. I’m not really scared. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. Everybody’s going to go out there and have a good time. We know it’s all for a good cause, so there’s not really a lot of anxiety going into it. Maybe getting hurt would be my biggest fear, but hopefully with proper stretching and warmup, that won’t happen.

Q. Why is it important to support schools in the area?

A. My wife and I both believe this — that everything starts with education. Whether it’s somebody’s health, getting taught to eat the right foods, or it’s somebody’s demeanor toward other people and different races, it all starts in the beginning with how somebody is educated. Supporting education at an early age is essential to a strong community.

Q. How have the employees here reacted to finding out that you’re dancing?

A. They think it’s hilarious. I guess they don’t see me as a dancer. I’m kind of a numbers guy. I sit in an office and work with accounting and data and marketing and make a lot of phone calls, so I’m not really a dancer type, I guess.

Q. What are you most excited for come competition day?

A. Just to get out there and dance, to see everybody have a good time and be with friends and celebrate raising some money for the schools. It’ll be a good time, really.

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