Sitting on the front steps of the Aubrie Shugart School of Dancing in downtown Victoria, Kim Stanfield and Alex Figueroa chat like old friends, despite having met only weeks prior. Stanfield, a licensed professional counselor, and Figueroa, a district manager at Rent-A-Center, each volunteered separately as participants for Dancing with the Stars Victoria Style, then ended up as dance partners, and now, friends.

“Meeting someone completely different and trying to feel that groove and that connection is a challenge, but I think we’ve come a long way,” Figueroa said.

Stanfield’s high school drill team experience has given her a slight leg up on her partner, Figueroa, who names country dancing at Schroeder Hall in Goliad as the entirety of his dance background.

“I just love the attention,” Figueroa joked about his reason for participating.

Leading up to the event, the pair practiced their Viennese waltz routine weekly with dance instructor Robert Garza, who choreographed the full Dancing with the Stars Victoria Style show.

“Robert is a very patient soul,” Stanfield said.

Six area couples performed in Dancing with the Stars Victoria Style 2019 on May 31 for a packed audience at the Leo J. Welder Center. Audience members had the opportunity to vote online before and during the event for their favorite couple. Each vote cost $10, and tickets to the event were $50, with all proceeds going to the Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach Center.

Haley Closson and Aaron Corbell won the Judges’ Choice trophy for their performance of the Peabody. Morgan and Zachary Petrash danced the rumba and took home the People’s Choice Mirror Ball trophy after collecting the most $10 votes.

The fundraising event brought in a record-breaking total of about $25,000 to support continuing operations and programs for the Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach Center.

Chamberlain Smith is a multimedia intern at the Victoria Advocate. Follow her on Instagram @chamberlainsmith.

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