Jammie and Cole ready to cha cha at DFOFS event on Thursday
By BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C.
Jammie McDonald and Cole Davis plan to have fun with their cha cha dance routine at the 8th Annual Dancing For Our Future Stars on Thursday, March 22.
They’ll be “throwing some perm” on their attitude while dancing to Bruno Mars’ “Perm.”
Jammie is having a lot of fun in rehearsal, she said, adding learning to be precise in the dance steps is work.
“I used to think I could dance, but now I know I can’t,” she quipped.
Jammie is a single mom with two children and works for First Citizens Bank.
Partner Cole Davis is no stranger to the DFOFS spotlight. This will be his third year as a professional dancer.
Cole is a music teacher at Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology. He is also a regular performer at the Florence Little Theatre and is currently in rehearsal as “Joseph” in the upcoming musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” opening April 27.
Cole has high praise for his dance partner saying Jammie is extremely easy going and very good to work with.
Getting into crunch time, the pair has been rehearsing twice a week.
Jammie and Cole will square-off with the other celebrities and dance professionals at the SiMT on Thursday evening for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the competition at 7 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to win a custom-designed jewelry piece donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design.
School Foundation board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2017 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce Team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening.
The remaining dance couples competing in this year’s event include:
• Dr. Lisa Bishara (McLeod Health) and Joseph Steen
• Louie Callahan (Burch Oxner Seale Co., CPAs) and Alexis McDonald
• Ken Baker (WMBF News) and Mary Grace Colburn
• Ron Glancy (Raines Hospitality) and Tiffany Welsh
• David Hall (First Reliance Bank) and Erin Haynes
• Dr. Ramzy Hourany (Carolinas Hospital System) and Julia Thompson
• Joey McMillan (Coldwell Banker McMillan and Associates) and Katelyn Rodgers
• Dr. Calvin Robinson (Trinity Baptist Church) and Fallon Frierson
• Chris Rogers (Carver Elementary School) and Morgan Truitt
• Robbie Timms (BB&T) and Meggie Baker
• Les Ward (Pepsi of Florence, LLC/Pee Dee Food Service) and Mallory Baxley
Fans may vote online for their favorite couple(s) at DancingForOurFutureStarsOfFlorence.com for $10 per vote. The “People’s Choice” mirror ball trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes.
A panel of judges will name one couple “Technical Skills Winner” based on the contestants’ overall skills. One couple will also be chosen as “Most Entertaining” by the judges. Dancers receiving the largest number of online votes will be awarded the “Social Stars” trophy.
All proceeds from this major fund-raising event will go to The School Foundation. To date, the foundation has provided over $1,355,377 in grants to FSD1 educators.
To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www.theschoolfoundation.org.