Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties, Inc. presents
Dancing with the Spartanburg Stars
Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-5:30pm Fri 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Markis, a local Realtor, is dancing with Loreta Dylgjeri. He's also been a wedding DJ and is former male model. Markis has had a conversation with Jimmy Fallon. He's passionate about serving others and his favorite style of dance is fusion blues.
Markis says, "Even with this being my third year doing DWTSS, I am just as passionate and excited as I was
the first time. It’s very humbling to have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than
yourself and to know that you’re making a difference in the lives of others."
Natalie is dancing with Dave Zabriskie. She is a musical artist, ballroom-latin dancer, and shag dance coach at Clemson University. Natalie is President of USA Dance Upstate, a charitable organization that supports ALL DANCE in the Upstate of SC. She's host of the Easley hometown dance show, "Carolina Band Stand." She is also a singer-songwriter-playwright, and she sings and plays piano in her Foreverland Ballroom Band.
When asked to dance, Natalie says, "I'd be delighted! Dance equals 100% joy for me. On the dance floor I feel free and completely alive. Since my background is in musical theatre and film, I love expressing the beauty of dance in performance. It gives me great joy and fulfillment to pass along this gift, coach others in this journey, and contribute my time and energy into raising funds for the Cancer Association!"
Sara is dancing with Harry Clayton. She is a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sara graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Marketing. She went to Clemson for graduate school for Master of Professional Accountancy. Sara was a Clemson University Rally Cat for 4 years. She began dancing when she was 3 years old.
Sara says, "I was so excited to be asked to be a professional for the third season in a row. Dancing with the Spartanburg Stars has been such an exciting and fun experience and was one of the best crowds I have had a chance to dance in front of. I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful event!"
Kim is dancing with Cal Wicker. She is Owner of Live Fit Now - Fitness & Pilates Studio in Downtown Spartanburg. Kim has 15 years of dance experience attending and dancing competitively at Miss Marion’s. She not only loves to dance but loves being an Athletic Trainer and Pilates Instructor!
On being asked to dance again, Kim says, "I was extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to participate and help such a great cause!"
Aria is dancing with Dr. Aqil Surka. She is a Dance and Journalism major at the University of Georgia. She is involved with UGA Hearts Reaching Out Everywhere (HEROs). Aria has been dancing since she was 3. She grew up dancing at Miss Marion's School of Dance. She was born and raised in Spartanburg. Aria loves to choreograph, travel, write, and meet new people!
On being asked to participate, she says, "I have been attending Dancing with the Stars as a Miss Marion's performer for years and have always looked up to the professionals hoping to have that opportunity someday. I was beyond excited about being asked to be a pro this year so that I can give back to the community where I grew up."
Seany is dancing with Kevin Hudson. She is the owner of Backstage Dance Connection where she teaches dance to children of all ages and skill levels. Seany is an ambassador for Seint Beauty and also a mom lifestyle blogger. She's been dancing for 26 years. She has been married to her husband Trevor for 5 years and they have 2 children.
Seany's initial reaction to being asked to participate was, "I am honored to be a part of DWTSS! At the age of 19, I lost my dad to cancer, so I know the positive impact that the Cancer Association can have on patients and their families during one of the most difficult times. I couldn’t be more excited to help raise money for such an amazing organization!"
William is dancing with Mary Breeden. He is a Claims Specialist. He has been involved with the Alzheimer's Association, Mobile Meals, and APO.
William is the youngest of three siblings. He majored in Math and French at Wofford College. He also played with an orchestra on the Great Wall of China.
On being asked to dance again this year he says, "I'm happy that we are getting back to a place where we can all start coming back together safely. This event for the Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties has been close to my heart for some time now, and I'm grateful to be able to come back to the dance floor with incredible members of our community and local dancers for the fourth time now."
Jason, a Regional Technical Sales Manager, is dancing with Christy Parris. He has been dancing West Coast Swing since 2010 and Country Two Step since the mid-90's. He likes to dance, hunt, fish, hike, travel; his house/yard keeps him very busy. Enjoying time with family is a priority to Jason.
Jason says, "I was very honored and excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of such a great cause and fun event."
Blake, a Realtor with Century 21 Blackwell & Co. Realty, is dancing with Dr. Blair Clementson. He is a board member with Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful and The Spartanburg Art Museum. Blake also sings with the Greenville Gay Men's Choir. He has traveled to all 50 states and is a 2021 graduate of Wofford College. His dog, Bennie Rocketman Kirsch, is the light of his life.
On being asked to dance, Blake says, "I am so excited to be able to give back to an organization that gives so much to our community. The Cancer Association means so much to my family, and we are always excited to be involved in any way we can. I am also excited to perform again after a year of being away from the theatre!"
Brandon is dancing with Ali Beeson. He is a leasing consultant and also teaches at Adrenaline Dance Fitness. Brandon played the trumpet in middle and high school. He was the head drum major of the band. He pole vaulted for three years. Brandon is the youngest of five. He worked in non profit field for 10 years.
When asked to dance, Brandon said, "'They want me to do what?!...ME?' I was very nervous at the moment...I'm still nervous! I'm very grateful for this great opportunity for this great cause!"