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FLORENCE, S.C. — The School Foundation’s 2017 Dancing for Our Future Stars began with a pairings party on Jan. 5, and dancers are well into preparation for 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 at Florence-Darlington Technical College.

“Celebrity dancer” Christy Prose is a doctor with Carolinas Hospital System. Her professional dance partner is Chris Mixon. Prose too the time recently to answer some questions.

Q. When did you move to Florence?

A. I think Sept. 15. It was right before the hurricane by a week or two.

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

A. I had heard about it when I came to interview, and so I was excited. (Husband) Andrew and I dance, so I thought it would be fun. When I found out all that was involved, I was like "Woah! OK,” but I was excited. It seems like it is a really cool event.

Q. How were you chosen to participate?

A. Carolinas does a doctors’ luncheon, and I came over with one of my coworkers to the conference center there where they were having the lunch. Andrew and I have sort of put a dance floor in our house. We met two-stepping, and we picked our house because we could make this room a dance floor. I was showing one of my coworkers — we had just gotten the floor put in — and Kyle, the COO, was like, “You dance?” and I was like, “Yes?” And he said, “Will you do me a favor? If you don’t do it, I’m going to be the one to do it, and I’m afraid I won’t have time.” And I was like, “Sure! I’ll do it.” I was excited.

Q. How have you enjoyed it so far?

A. It’s been fun so far. Chris has been sweet, and he is just the nicest guy. It’s been fun getting to know him and his daughter. Andrew helps me practice, and his daughter helps him practice.

Q. What have you enjoyed the most?

A. I have enjoyed getting to know some people in Florence in the dance community. We’re from Houston. In 4 million people, there’s a lot of anonymity, which on one hand is kind of nice when you want to go to the grocery store in your pajamas, but here I’ve had patients come in and say, “My doctor’s a celebrity.” People are just really excited about it. My coworkers are very excited about getting to come. A lot of them wouldn’t normally get the opportunity, like my office staff and nurses. It’s been a very good way to meet people.

Q. Do you have a history with dance?

A. I went to TCU, which is in Fort Worth, and Fort Worth is home to the stock yards. They still run cattle there. At some point, there’s this sort of district that’s built up that was probably initially bars and brothels and hotels and stuff. Now it’s a ton of little honky-tonks. Billy Bob’s Texas is the world’s largest honky-tonk, and it is there. Andrew was friends with one of my girlfriends, and they danced together, and so I started going out with them dancing. We started dancing together. That was when we were, like, 19. We met two-stepping at Billy Bob’s and have been dancing ever since. It’s been something that we’ve enjoyed doing together since then. We’ve never had any kind of formal lessons or anything, but we have learned from other people lifts and different stuff. We’ve been doing that for almost 20 years, and we’ve got our own little honky-tonk in our house.

Q. What are you most excited for?

A. I’d say raising the money for the kids. My mom is a teacher, and obviously as a doctor I’ve been through an infinite amount of education, so I’m a huge supporter. I read like crazy. I love what the foundation does and makes money. I just hope that we’re able to beat last year’s goal and just raise a bunch of money that can help further education in the area. When they told me what the charity was, I just can’t imagine being in a better activity.

Q. What are you least excited for?

A. There’s always the fear that you might fall. We haven’t decided our costumes yet, so I’m a little bit worried about being on stage and not looking flattering or something like that.

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