Lancaster County is Dancing with the Stars on February 3rd.

Last year’s Lancaster County’s Dancing with the Stars was an huge success. It is exciting to see the return of this worthwhile event. This year’s theme of A Night of the Arts- Hooray for Hollywood presented by The Fine Arts Focus Program at Andrew Jackson Middle School is bound to be a much bigger success. The competition pairs up local celebrities, and they are choreographed by local students from the AJMS Dance Focus Program.

Below are some pictures from Last Years Dancing With The Stars

The competition on Saturday February 3rd will be electric as members of our community show off their dance skills and compete for the coveted People’s Choice Award.  The show will also feature a gallery of visual art created by Focus artists and entertainment by the Focus chorus and band programs. Theater students will create videos of our “celebrities” to be shown between the performances.  This event is particularly well-suited to AJMS and will show off all of the great things going on in the Lancaster County School District’s Art Focus Program.  This event will be attended by friends of the AJMS family but also be a great community event as the community comes out to support the celebrities representing local government, education, banking, and the public and private sectors of Lancaster County.

The Dance Teams will be

  1. Michael Clancy, President (Retired) Wilson Gas and Oil, LCCA Supporter and Connie Funderburk, Sensei, Kenaki Karate
  2. Sal Estrada, World Languages, Lancaster High School and Deborah Cureton, Community Leader
  3. Dean Faile, President/CEO, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and Ashley Shannon, Director, Marketing and Community Relations, Springs Memorial Hospital
  4. Cedric Mingo, Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame Member, Private Business Owner and Katherine Foo, Nationally Board Certified Special Education Teacher, Kershaw Elementary
  5. Delmar Patterson, PAX/ Good Behavior Coach/ Research and Development Department, Lancaster County School District and Liz Joyner, Academic Support, Andrew Jackson Middle School
  6. David Platts, Science and Arts Instructional Specialist, Lancaster County School District and Katrina Bernsdorff, Theater Teacher, Andrew Jackson High School
  7. Matthew Whitaker, and Jamikka Crockett, Business Office, USC Lancaster


Schedule for the Evening:

6:00 doors open for Art Gallery and Art Auction, performances by AJMS Chorus and band programs

7:00  auction closed, event seating available

7:30 Dancing With The Stars! followed by after-party

All proceeds benefit the Andrew Jackson Middle School Arts Focus Program.  Last year’s event raised over $9,000, allowing the program to make a donation of $3,000 to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, a great partner supporting the arts in Lancaster County.  Money is being raised through ticket sales, sponsorships, a “People’s Choice” award, and revenues from a silent auction of items created by Focus students.

Awards will be determined by a panel of judges for excellence in technical delivery of the dance.  A “People’s Choice” award will be presented to the celebrity pair that raises the most money through tickets purchased in their name as well as donations or sponsorships in their name collected in the weeks preceding the event and the night of the event.

Tickets are available at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Kershaw, and The Preppy Pineapple and Lancaster Jewelers in Lancaster.  General admission is $20 and includes an after-party with the stars.  For more information contact AJMS at 803-475-6021

AJMS DWTS will be a showcase for the Fine Arts Focus Programs at Andrew Jackson Middle School.  The Fine Arts Focus Program serves the entirety of the Lancaster County School District, and students must audition for acceptance into the program.  Students can focus in the areas of Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Band/Strings, or Chorus.   AJMS is an Arts in Basic Curriculum site, one of only 29 Middle Schools with this distinction in the State.  The Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project provides leadership to achieve quality, comprehensive arts education (dance, music, media arts, theatre, visual arts and creative writing) for all students in South Carolina, and is cooperatively directed by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Department of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University.



A Fundraiser and Showcase sponsored by the Arts Steering Committee of the AJMS Focus Program



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