Vot­ing open for Danc­ing for the Fu­ture teams

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

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