It's All About That Bass For DWTSF's Michele and Jacob
Brenda Harrison, Editor
The News Journal
Michele Pridgen and Jacob Coward are having a blast rehearsing for the upcoming Dancing With The Stars of Florence competition and benefit to be held on March 31 at the SiMT Building. The event is hosted by The School Foundation. The couple will present an energetic jive swing choreographed to "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor. Celebrity dancer Michele says her dance training is almost nil having given up tap dance classes around age 7 in favor of softball. She is a good sport, however, agreeing to take one for her company, Honda of South Carolina, which has participated in this popular fund-raising event since its beginnings four years ago.
"They told me it was time for a female representative and that I was the best candidate to support the company," she quipped. Michelle is assistant manager of administration with Honda. She considers participation as an adventure, but with her competitive nature and desire to win, she is trying to remember to have fun. This will be 17 year-old Jacob's first time dancing in Dancing With The Stars of Florence, but not his first time under the spotlight. The senior at Florence Christian School has been performing for four years with Surrendered Drama Team at Grace & Glory Ministries in Coward where he resides.
Jacob plans to enter the nursing program at Francis Marion University in the fall with the ultimate goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. Jacob says their routine is challenging, but he has confidence that he and Michele can pull it off. The real goal, both agree, is the opportunity to support The School Foundation's efforts to better the education in the community. This year's celebrity dancers paired with professionals include Robert Watkins and Drew Arnold; Ashley Nance and Desiree Stokes; Fields Norwood and Tiffany Welsh; Dr. Deepak Chowdhary and Brandi Williamson; Steve Wade and Kayce Smith; Will King and Amanda Smith; Dr. Susan Ninichuck and Jovan Kindred; Cedrick Kennedy and Shandi Cox; Rick Ryan and Georgeanna Kelley; Mike Miller and Cheyanne Beck; Chris Warner and Meggie Baker.
The dancers will be competing for the following trophies: Technical Skills Winners – to be awarded by the judges based on dancers' overall skills. People's Choice – to be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes,Most Entertaining - to be awarded to the most entertaining couple, and Social Stars - to be awarded to the couple receiving the most online votes. Fans may vote online for Michele Pridgen and Jacob Coward or other couples, for $10 a vote at www. FlorenceDancingWithThe Stars.com. Visit the Dancing With the Stars of Florence website, www.FlorenceDancingWithTheStars.com, for dancer photos, updated news and to follow the votes.