Supporting education is a part of every day life for Caryn Scroggs, executive director of the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools.
This time, that support means hitting the dance floor.
Scroggs will be participating in the third annual “Dancing With the Stars - Fort Mill” event to raise money for middle school sports, which are self-funded in Fort Mill.
“I have a lot invested in the schools and want our schools to continue to be successful and raise well-rounded students,” she said. “Middle school is an important time for kids.”
With the foundation, Scroggs oversees teacher grants and student scholarships, which support members of the Fort Mill School District. This will be Scroggs’ first venture in the art of dance.
“It’s way out of my comfort zone,” she said. “I am growing and learning more about myself and what I’m able to do.”
Scroggs said she is excited to take on the Dancing With the Stars challenge. She started working with her dance partner David Whittington, an independent dance instructor, during the holidays. The pair meets twice a week to practice their two dances.
“David is a great instructor,” she said. “He makes me want to dance more.”
Whittington, a Charlotte resident and owner of DW Studios in Charlotte, has more than 18 years of experience as an independent dance instructor and has formal training in 40 styles from studios in the area. He said the event will give him a chance to perform and support a good cause.
“Kids need sports, that’s what keeps us healthy,” he said.
The biggest challenge to teaching someone to dance, Whittington said, is making sure they put both technique and emotion into the dance.
Whittington said performers can expect to connect with the audience.
“The camaraderie between the spectators and the people involved is nice to watch,” he said. “It elevates excitement.”
Scroggs, a long time Fort Mill resident, earned a BA in Psychology and a Master of Education in School Counseling from Winthrop University. Her husband, Gales Scroggs, is an assistant principal at Fort Mill High School. The couple have two children, Quinn, 2, and Boone, 5 months. She’s reaching out to supporters through her Facebook page and by word of mouth and said she’s not only eager to see the other dancers perform and how the community rallies around the cause.
“I’m excited to see the other dancers and what they put together,” she said. “An event like this pulls people within the community together.”
She’s also not shy about letting her competitive side show.
“The whole purpose is to raise money for middle school sports, but of course I want to win,” Scroggs said. “We are in it to win it.”