Dancing With The Stars

The Fine Arts Focus Program at Andrew Jackson Middle School presents A Night of the Arts- Celebrating Community, featuring the famous dance competition of local “celebrities” choreographed by students in the AJMS Dance Focus program.  This year’s theme will highlight the communities of Lancaster County, the things that make them great, and the relationships that tie us all together.  Community is important and there is much to celebrate in Lancaster County!

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 is a great community event as the dancers represent local government, education, and the geographical areas such as Kershaw/Heath Springs, Buford, Lancaster, and Indian Land. 

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 $14,000 and was attended by a sold-out crowd of 400 people.  The competition will be electric as members of our community show off their dance skills and compete for the coveted People’s Choice Award.  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.  Finally, beautiful artwork created by Visual Arts Focus Students will be available through a silent auction from 6:00-7:00 that evening. 

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

This program will be held in the LCSD Multi-Purpose facility on the campus of Lancaster High School.  We are excited about this new state-of-the-art facility as it offers us more seats so more people can come out and Celebrate Community with us. 

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. “ The ABC Project blueprint is founded on the premise that the arts are an indispensable part of a complete education, because quality education in the arts significantly adds to the learning potential of our students. Arts education complements learning in other disciplines and establishes a foundation for success in school and lifelong learning. The ABC Project also provides a forum for the development of strategic arts initiatives, and serves as the foundation for a broad advocacy coalition for arts education reform in South Carolina.” From the ABC Strategic Plan

Celebrity Dance Teams:

Harlene Carter, 6th District Solicitor’s Office and former City of Lancaster Police Chief Rendell Mingo, City of Lancaster
Amanda Ghent, small business owner, personal trainer and Zumba Instructor Jason Hall, entrepreneur and owner of HWY 55
Lisa Hallman, Instructional Technology Specialist, Lancaster County School District and Bobby Parker, Chair, LCSD Board of Trustees
Ryan Jones, Instructional Technology and Math Coach at McDonald Green Elementary and Sh’kur Francis, Pastor at Grace and Lynwood United Methodist Churches
Keishea Mickels, Principal at North Elementary School and Dr Lee Easterwood, General Surgery at Springs Memorial Hospital
Melissa Prince, VP of Corporate Communications, INSP and Archie Walker, Small Business owner community volunteer, Indian Land
Tonya Rape, Teacher, Andrew Jackson Middle School and Scotty Phillips, Assistant Principal, Andrew Jackson High School
Lynda Watson, Town of Kershaw and small business owner and Tyrie Rowell, Student Services and Financial Aid, USC Lancaster


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