(left to right) Judge's Choice Winners - Dr. Asha and John Rodriguez; People's Choice Winners - Brenda and Broadus Jamerson; and Most Entertaining - Starlette and Hayward Jean.
(left to right) Tammy McCottry-Brown, Drexel Ball, Dr. Audrey Gordon, Northan Golden, Senator Brad Hutto, Dr. Tracy Macpherson, Beth Baggerly, Roy Dickson, Dr. Asha Rodriguez, John Rodriguez, Jeanna Reynolds, John Henry Reynolds, Wanda Govan, Rep. Jerry Govan, Starlette Jean, Principal Hayward Jean, Brenda Jamerson, and Broadus Jamerson.
“Dancing with the Orangeburg Stars” Fundraising Event Entertains the Community and Raises Funds for OCSD5 Students
The encore edition of “Dancing with the Orangeburg Stars” provided a great night of entertainment for the Orangeburg community as nine “celebrity” couples competed before a sold-out crowd at The Cinema in Orangeburg on the evening of January 21, 2017. The special event was sponsored by the Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five (OCSD5) Education Foundation with the proceeds going to support targeted and innovative educational programs and experiences for children attending OCSD5 schools.
The dance competition featured performances by a new cast of nine local, celebrity couples including: Drexel Ball and Tammy McCottry-Brown flashing back to the 70s and getting down to Brickhouse; Broadus and Brenda Jamerson stepping back in time to the famous Cotton Club and swinging to Jeepers Creepers; Dr. Audrey Gordon and Northan Golden reuniting after being separated by the war to Turn the Lights Down Low; Hayward and Starlette Jean recreating the time they first met on the campus of Claflin University to Gotta Have You; Senator Brad Hutto and Dr. Tracy Macpherson where tourist Tracy encounters Brad, a local guy having a good time, to Tequila; Representative Jerry Govan and his wife Wanda engaging as Agent 007 and a dangerous Bond Girl to “The Man with the Golden Gun”; Roy Dickson and Beth Baggerly with a flirtatious encounter over drinks to “Marry You”; John Rodriguez and his mother Dr. Asha Rodriguez performing the classic Salsa dance to La Rebelion”; and Jeanna Reynolds and her son John Henry rocking with a high energy workout to Let’s Get Ready to Rumble”.
The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was Von Gaskin, the First Alert Meteorologist with WIS TV. The special judges for the event were Mary King and Leland Pinder, co-hosts of the WIS TV Sunrise News, and Dr. Sharon Quinn, the Executive Director for Early Childhood and ESOL Programs with OCSD5. Tamalyn Blackman, the owner of Tamalyn’s Dance Studio and founder of the Orangeburg Civic Ballet, was the Choreographer and Director for the show. She was assisted by Cammie Bunch
Trophies were awarded in three categories including Judge’s Choice (based on technical dance skills as determined by the Judges), People’s Choice (based on vote totals and fundraising), and Most Entertaining (defined only as you’ll know it when you see it). The Judge’s Choice went to John and Dr. Asha Rodriguez for their traditional and elegant performance of the Salsa that John indicated was a tribute to his mother. The People’s Choice was awarded to Broadus and Brenda Jamerson who not only entertained the crowd with their dance steps, but also raised more than $14,000 to support the mission of the Foundation. Finally, the team of Hayward and Starlette Jean were selected as the Most Entertaining couple as Hayward, inspired by nerd-like character Steve Urkel, courted Starlette when they first met on campus at Claflin University.
“I am so appreciative of the support we received from the Orangeburg community for our event,” said Paul Miller, the President of the OCSD5 Education Foundation. He added, “I especially want to thank our dancers for their willingness to step out of their comfort zones to help the children in our district; the children are the real winners tonight.”