Summerville residents dance to win

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pennie Folden and Josh Ortiz practice for their performance for the 2014 Dancing with The ARK’s Stars.


Sean Alford and Pennie Folden are two of this year's competitors for “Dancing with The ARK's Stars” and they both want to win.

In its fourth year, dancers will compete in The ARK's premier fundraising event, Dancing with The ARK's Stars (DWTAS). Alford and Folden are two of eight local celebrities who will try to raise the most money and win the title of best dancer. Dorchester County Probate Judge Mary Blunt is the event's Mirror Ball Sponsor for the third consecutive year.

Alford is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Dorchester School District Two. Although he has only been in Summerville for two years, he and his wife, Stephanie, are strong supporters of the community. Stephanie is an Assistant Principal at Summerville High School. “My wife and I have always wanted to learn to dance. This is a great opportunity and a great cause,” Alford says. He is partnered with professional dancer Shawn Oberath.

In contrast, Folden is a lifelong Summerville resident. An alumna and former cheerleader for Pinewood Prep, Pennie is married to her high school sweetheart, Dennis, and they have two sons. She has been the office manager at Murphy Law Firm for 15 years. Aside from some shagging, Pennie has no direct dance experience but is dancing in memory of Rep. Chris Murphy's parents, the Honorable Patrick Murphy, Sr. and Mrs. Barbara Murphy, who died with Alzheimer's disease. Her professional dance partner is Josh Ortiz.

The event is Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Eidson Gym at Pinewood Preparatory School, 1114 Orangeburg Rd., Summerville, S.C. Eight local celebrities and their professional dance partners from Carolina Dancesport will compete by dancing to win one of two titles. The couple receiving the most votes by dollars wins the People's Choice trophy and the couple receiving the highest judges' votes will win the Judges' Choice trophy.

Votes are $10 each and can be cast through TheARKofSC.org or by cash or check at The ARK. General admission tickets for the event are $50 per person in advance or $60 at the door. Tickets are on sale now. The ticket price includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, a silent auction, and ballroom dance demonstrations by Carolina Dancesport Dance Studio. For more information on Dancing with The ARK's Stars, please contact The ARK or visit the website.

The ARK serves families living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia in five counties throughout the Lowcountry.

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