Ninth 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 School Foundation’s annual fundraiser at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Center on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus.

“Celebrity dancer” Rebecca Smith works at Assurant Specialty Property. Her professional dance partner is Tyler Jordan. Smith took a break last week to answer some questions.

Q. What was your first response to being chosen for Dancing for Our Future Stars?

A. Initially, excited. Then reality hit me, and I thought, “I hope I do not make a fool of myself.”

Q. What are you most excited for?

A. Raising money to benefit The School Foundation and to further education in the community.

Q. How do you hope to help The School Foundation?

A. I am hopeful that the money I raise will be impactful for School District One and its kids in terms of equipping both with the tools needed to be successful.

Q. Why is supporting education in the Pee Dee important?

A. There are kids in our community that are not afforded the opportunity to receive a solid education. I am hopeful that my participation in Dancing for Our Future Stars raises money and awareness around investing in the education of our children right here in Florence.

Q. Do you have a background in dance?

A. I took tap, jazz and ballet as a young girl. Dancing was an outlet for me and something that I absolutely loved.

Q. What are you most excited for?

A. I am most excited to see how our dance comes together. It’s been a little challenging at times, but I am having fun with it.

Q. What are you most afraid of for the competition?

A. I am most afraid of tripping and falling, or worse, forgetting the next steps.

Q. What has been the best part of this experience so far?

A. Learning our dance has been exciting, although I tend to get overly frustrated at myself, because I want to get the dance right the first time every time.

Q. When you think back to college, were you much of a dancer?

A. Yes, but at that point I felt a little too old to practice any dance moves.

Q. If you had a spirit animal that you channeled while you were dancing, what would that spirit animal be?

A. I don’t know, maybe a lion. Their personality is a little wild and crazy, aggressive.

Q. Are you competitive?

A. Very. You can ask anybody who knows me.

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