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Dancing Classrooms

The Whistle Stop

Colors of the Rainbow

2018 Event Sponsors

Center for Orthopaedics Logo CITGO Logo JD Bank Lauberge Casino Resort Lake Charles logo Port Aggregates logo Southside Machine Works logo
Shonda Manuel

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A graduate of McNeese State University in Visual Arts, Shonda is the Associate Creative Director at Healthy Image Marketing and serves as their graphic designer and photographer. She has received numerous advertising awards throughout her career. Giving back to the community has led her to serve on boards for Fusion Five, LaGrange Athletic & Educational Fund, SWLA Cultural Economy Task Force, Kids Can, and Arts & Humanities Council (president). A graduate of the Chamber Leadership program, she was also recognized as a Thriving 30-Something for Thrive magazine. 
Shonda has been married to Chris Manuel for 16 years and they have two children, Aiden and Reese. She understands the importance of the arts for community youth and fosters that love in her own children who draw, dance, and play piano and percussion. Shonda has seen the impact Dancing Classrooms has made first-hand, and she is excited to be an advocate.




Reginald Larkins

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Reginald is a native of Lake Charles. He started ballroom dancing while participating in Nelson Elementary School’s 5th grade Dancing Classrooms program.  He later joined the Whistle Stop’s Academy Dance program and has been training in American and International styles of dance for nine years. In 2015, Reginald became a teaching assistant at W.W. Lewis Middle School and in 2016, became a full time DanceSport and Dancing Classrooms instructor.

Reginald started dancing competitively in 2010 at the Gumbo DanceSport Championships, where he won his first gold medal.  He has since won junior, youth, and adult championships all over the country.  In April, 2016, he and his partner, Caitlyn Wilson, won four National Championship Titles at the USADance National DanceSport Championships.  Last year was Reginald’s debut as a Pro in the Mad Hot Ballroom event.





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Ballroom Sponsors
Acadian Hearing Century 21 Bessette Cheniere Energy logo
Childrens Clinic of Southwest Louisiana logo Cox Cox Filo & Camel Doris Rozas
Doug and gay Gehrig Geriatric Resources Inc Hope Therapy Center logo
Johnson Firm logo Pisceaux Properties State Refrigeration
USA Dance Youth Christus Wound Center
Media Sponsor Participating Studios
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Gigi's Downtown

Tammy Palmer’s Center Stage