Four Darlington teachers will take the stage in the 7th Annual Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Rome City Auditorium. All proceeds from this event benefit the Sexual Assault Center of NWGA.
Learning Specialist Justin Bruce and Dean of Student Life Brant Evans will be celebrity contestants, while math teacher Chase Tolbert ('12) and Spanish teacher Ashley Evans will serve as dance pros.
The 2017 lineup also includes Darlington alumni Justin Brand ('15) and Chris Jackson ('02) and current parents Tahnya Jones and Paige Swiger.
"It's always so much fun to see members of our school community shine in this annual dance competition," said Tannika Wester, director of communications at Darlington and member of the SAC Board of Directors. "We are grateful to everyone who is donating their time and talent to support the important work of the SAC."
Modeled after popular reality TV show “Dancing With the Stars,” the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge will feature performances by 11 celebrity teams, with styles ranging from hip hop to ballroom.
Below are the teams:
• Kristy Agan of Pro Performance dancing with Justin Brand ('15) of The Dance Centre
• Justin Bruce of Darlington School dancing with Jessica Tucker of Rome Civic Ballet
• Brant Evans of Darlington School dancing with his wife, Ashley Evans, also of Darlington School, to a routine choreographed by Amie Sabourin of The Dance Centre
• Wayne Evans of River City Antique Mall dancing with Jessica Cole of Kennesaw State University
• Chris Jackson ('02) of McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe LLP dancing with Tahnya Jones
• Will Pinson of Pinson’s Inc. dancing with Lacey Pinson of Model High School
• Cpt. Dave Roberson of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office dancing with Faith Im of Shorter University
• Dr. Kipp Slicker of Harbin Clinic dancing with Hannah Camacho of The Dance Centre
• Elaine Snow, recently retired chief of the Rome Police Department, dancing with retired educator Steve St. Clair
• Paige Swiger of SouthEastern Pathology dancing with Chase Tolbert ('12) of Darlington School
• Amos Tuck, natural resource consultant, dancing with Emily Tumlin of Rome Athletic Club
Teams will compete for the Judges’ Choice Award, determined by a panel of judges, and the People’s Choice Award, determined by funds donated on behalf of each team.
“The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia provides critical services to five counties in our region,” said Chip Hood, president of the organization's Board of Directors. “By simply attending this event, you are making a contribution to a very worthwhile cause and helping us raise awareness in our community. Plus, I guarantee that you will love the show!”
To keep up with the latest information, find Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge on Facebook. Tickets to the event are not yet available.