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Promoting the Arts:  Stars Dance for the Arts

February 9, 2019
Doors open 6:30 p.m.

THANK YOU to all our dancers for participating in our 7th Annual Stars Dance For The Arts  (SDFA)! It is a
star-studded, action-packed event hosted by Vickie Robinson and Wells Gulledge. SDFA 2019 will feature superstar couples dancing to generously raise funds for Kinston’s Community Council for the Arts. Each couple will perform an exciting and expertly choreographed dance. We appreciate the participation of these dancers and for their support!

MEET -- Claudia Raines & Jeffrey Cruz -- Dancing the Meringue to Suavemente  by Elvis Crespo

                                                       Claudia Raines

                                                       Dance Training: "Started dancing when I was three-years-old."

                                                       Education and Work Experience: Claudia graduated from East Duplin High School                                                          and is employed at the Lenoir County Department of Social Services.  

                                                       Background & Interests: Besides Kinston, Claudia has lived in Albertson, North                                                                  Carolina. Her favorite travel destination is Maggie Valley, North Carolina. She is a member of Deep Run First Baptist Church and is a volunteer with the Lenoir County Fair Association, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, and the BBQ Festival on the Neuse.  She is also involved with the Order of the Eastern Star Kinston Chapter #53. Claudia enjoys dancing, volunteering in the community, and watching movies with her husband and two children.

Greatest Accomplishment To Date: "My family -- being able to have a full-time job, taking care of my family, volunteering in the community, taking my kids to dance school, and supporting my husband on everything he does for the community."

What does Claudia like about Lenoir County? "The people -- everybody is friendly and makes anyone feel welcome here."

What is Claudia looking forward to by participating in this event? "To be able to help out in the community and raise money to help the Arts Center."

                                                          Jeffrey Cruz

                                                          Dance Training: Jeffrey started dancing at age 15, participating in Quinceañeras.

                                                          Education and Work Experience: Jeffrey attended high school in Newton Grove, N                                                      North Carolina, and is currently attending Coastal Carolina Community College.                                                                 He works for Onslow County Department of Social Services as an Income                                                                               Maintenance Care Worker.  

Background & Interests: Jeffrey was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and was raised in Clinton, North Carolina. He volunteered at the shelters caring for those affected by Hurricane Florence.   His favoriate places to travel are Mexico, Las Vegas, and the Dominican Republic.  Jeffrey enjoys dancing, painting and traveling. 

Family: Jeffrey considers his greatest accomplishment "starting school again and becoming more self-confident."

What does Jeffrey like about Lenoir County? "The community and its residents."

What is Jeffrey looking forward to by participating in this event?  "To be able to help out with the community in fundraising while having fun."
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