Voting open for Dancing for the Future teams
STEVENSVILLE — The stars will be out again at the 2016 Dancing For The Future event on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville when local celebrities and professionals team up to provide entertaining dance routines with their own Queen Anne’s County twist.
Funds raised will go toward technology assistance at all of the schools in Queen Anne’s County said coordinator Cindy Todd. Last year, Dancing for the Future was able to give each school funds that were put toward additional computer accessories such as charging stations, computer mice and ear buds. They were also able to make a contribution to the annual sixth grade STEM-based field trip, Todd said.
“Our goal behind this [fundraiser] is to touch every school in the district,” she said.
Ten teams will be featured this year and are partnered, star and professional, as follows: Dwayne Boardman with Shari Smigo Chief Deputy for the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Boardman joined the office in October 2015 after a 27-year career with the Maryland State Police. He is an EMT and volunteer with the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. Between law enforcement jobs, Boardman dealt poker at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, including the World Series of Poker circuit events. Boardman said he has no dancing experience.
Smigo has been owner/ director of The Mid Shore Dance Academy in Easton since 1996, and expanded the business to add a Centreville studio in the fall of 2013. Smigo was also dance faculty at Queen Anne’s County High School for two years, has completed choreography for Centreville Middle School musical productions, assisted with aerial choreography for Peter Pan and created liturgical dance for Our Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church. Whitney Covington with Mike SwaGg (Mike Hubbard) Covington lives in Church Hill with her husband, Jim, and two teenage sons, Sam and Will. Both boys attended Queen Anne’s County schools. She enjoys rowing on the Chester River and is a member of the Chester River Rowing Club. Covington also belongs to the Upper Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association and manages a herd of goats on her small farm.
Mike Hubbard, known to his students as Mike SwaGg, is a fitness motivator and fitness instructor who has been teaching classes for more than five years. A dancer at heart all of his life, Hubbard has been into fitness and lifting weights since a young age. He created Grooversize, a fitness format that mixes dance with aerobic exercises and will continue to inspire others to get up and get active.
Phil Dumenil with Kimberly Mogensen
Dumenil is a former Queen Anne’s County Commissioner. He lives in Grasonville with his wife of 19 years, Tammy, and his three children, Logan, Reagan, and Harrison, who all attend Queen Anne’s County Schools. An insurance agent by profession, he spends his spare time supporting his children’s athletic endeavors. He is currently president of the Kent Island High School Athletic Boosters.
Mogensen is in her second year as the band director at Kent Island High School. She instructs the 100-student Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Music Appreciation, Piano Musicianship and Music Theor y. Sonia Mangum with
Diego Guzman Born in Toule France, Magnum grew up in a career Air Force family traveling the world until eventually settling in Maryland. She is an active stay at home mother of two boys, Chase and Kyle, stepmom and grandmother. Active together with her husband in community outreach she said she appreciates opportunities to help others and recently, has helped with the McArdle Center for Early Autism Inter vention, Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, Hospice, the United Way, Chesapeake Charities, and other outreach activities, particularly spending time with combatwounded veterans that have come through Walter Reed.
Guzman is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. He joined the rehabilitation department of Shore Regional Health as a rehab technician in January 2016 and hopes to become a physical therapist one day. In his free time, Guzman teaches salsa dancing and volunteers for local charities, such as Dancing For The Future and Dancing For The Dogs. He is currently a member of semiprofessional dance team, Dynamix, 2016 World Amateur Salsa Summit Champions.
Dr. Tim Romanoski with Jennifer Gooding Romanoski is a family practioner at Centreville Family Medicine specializing in sports medicine. Romanoski volunteered as a late entry to replace another dancer who had to step aside.
Gooding is the owner and instructor of the Annapolis Dance Academy located in Arnold. Trained in American style Ballroom and Rhythm dancing, she opened the Annapolis Dance Academy in 1996. Ivano Scotto with Amber Wright Scotto was born in Naples, Italy, and moved to the United States at age 16 to pursue a career in the restaurant business. After moving to the states, he decided to stay and since then has been ver y successful, opening several restaurants across Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. His latest restaurant, Limoncello, an Italian restaurant, recently opened in St. Michaels.
Wright, a dance teacher at Kent Island High School, began her dancing career at Dashiell School of Dancing and furthered her dancing education at Salisbury State University, where she received several dance awards. Upon graduation, she worked professionally at various theaters in Maryland. Dr. Tom Walsh with
Erin Nooney Walsh has been in medical practice since completing his training at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in 1981 — first in Anne Arundel County and in Queen Anne’s County since 1988. He resides in Queenstown and enjoys keeping honey bees, gardening, cooking, his three Pugs, antique cars and now dancing. He likes to stay involved in the community and help out where he can. He served as a judge for the Queen Anne’s County Orphans Court after being appointed by the governor in 2014.
Nooney began dancing at the age of 3. At Kent Island High School she was involved with the Varsity Dance Team, Dance Company, and performed in the musicals “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Annie.” Nooney teaches Social Studies at Anchor Points Academy. After school she coaches the new JV Dance Team at Kent Island High School, where she has also helped choreograph “Beauty and the Beast” with friend and mentor Amber Wright. During the summer, Nooney choreographs for the Kent Island Theater Summer Camp. Diana Waterman with Dr. Darryl Calloway Waterman currently works as the Chief Financial Officer and IT Specialist for her family-owned and run real estate business, Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty. Active in politics, Waterman is the chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party, a member of the Republican Club of Queen Anne’s County and was elected to the county Central Committee twice, serving as treasurer, vice chairman and chairman.
Calloway’s extensive dance career includes membership in the prestigious Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the North American DanceSport Teachers Association. He has appeared on the “Dance Fever” television show and won ballroom championships throughout North America. Along with his wife, Lucia, Callowayl has dazzled audiences on five continents as a professional entertainer on many cruise ships.. A past Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year and Maryland Finalist for Teacher of the Year, he currently teaches at Sudlersville Middle School. This is his fourth Dancing With the Stars fundraising event.
Derek White with Nathalie Derakshani White and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Madelyn, 4, and Gabriel, 2, and are expecting a third daughter in December. White has played a key role in establishing programs in Queen Anne’s County. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Easton Family YMCA and is a lifelong Y employee. White said he and his wifel actually met dancing, a memory that is still fond with both of them.
Derakshani is the manager of the family pediatric practice of her father, Dr. Malek Derakshani. She has been seen dancing as an instructor in Dancing for the Dogs, where she also served on the board of directors for four years. She began dancing and performing ballet, tap and jazz at age 7. Realizing she loved to perform, she credits her parents for giving her the opportunity. She developed an appreciation for tap dance in her mid20’s after meeting famous tap pro and teacher Tommy Sutton at a workshop in Chicago and later performed tap and jazz in Dance Harrison St. performances under mentor, choreographer and dancer Debbie Beasley. In 2011, she created Talbot Tappers, an organization that tap dances for nonprofit organization events. In 2015, she created and produced “Top Hat Meets Broadway,” an annual show. Jack Wilson with Lucia Calloway Wilson started a familyowned Building Automation Installation business with his father in 1993. He was appointed Queen Anne’s County Commissioner of District 1, in July 2015 and has, he said, been working hard to be a good steward for county citizens. He said he enjoys being a commissioner because it gives him the opportunity to meet and talk to citizens that he would not normally get to meet. Wilson has been volunteering as the DJ for Dancing For The Future since its beginning because he believes in this cause. This is a great way to raise money and have fun while supporting the children and schools of Queen Anne’s County, Wilson said.
Calloway currently teaches art and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) at Matapeake Middle School, and has been an educator for over two decades. Calloway was awarded the Bravo Award from the Maryland Council of the Arts for her choreography with children. She has performed on national television and around the world as a professional ballroom dancer. She lives in Millington with Darryl, her husband of 32 years, and twin daughters.
The dancers are all volunteers who want to give back to the community, said Todd. On the night of the kickoff meeting, partners were assigned and the all-too short countdown to the final performance began. The teams have just two months to pick a song and learn their routine.
Sonia Magnum, one of the celebrity stars, is dancing to a compilation of “Feeling Good” and “The Way You Make Me Feel” in a West Coast Swing Style with partner and instructor Diego Guzman.
“What I have most enjoyed about the competition thus far is laughing at myself. Diego [Guzman] is very patient with me but expects a lot,” said Magnum, “I also have enjoyed talking with folks in the community about this great cause and letting business owners know how they can support us and our county students.”
Derek White has been rehearsing and is ready to clog to Cotton Eye Joe. “His feet were smoking this morning!” said partner Nathalie Derakshani after one particularly energetic rehearsal.
Kimberly Mogensen and Phil Dumenil will perform to Justin Timberlake’s pop hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The song came across his playlist when he was going to workout, said Dumenil. It was so upbeat and the music provided such motivation for his workout that Dumenil said he knew it would be perfect for their routine.
Votes can be cast on the Dancing for the Future website, http://www.dancingforthefuture.com. A single vote is worth $1, and voting begins in $10 increments.
The teams with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, and the Judges Award will go to overall best performance.
Derek White, rehearsing and ready to clog to “Cotton Eye Joe,” “His feet were smoking this morning!” said partner and dance instructor Nathalie Derakshani.
Commissioner Jack Wilson and Lucia Calloway rehearse their moves.
Kimberly Mogensen and Phil Dumenil, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” as they rehearse to Justin Timberlake’s pop hit.