Back ‘home’ on the stage

I got the sense that a younger Jennifer Sumler used to lose herself on the dancefloor — that, like me, when the music started playing, she felt like the only person in the room.

So when we talked about her upcoming participation in “Dancing Stars of Wayne County,” a fundraiser for Wayne Education Network that is kind of like the hit reality show “Dancing With the Stars,” I understood how much hard work it was going to take to pull off the perfectly choreographed routine.

Mrs. Sumler is the wife of Goldsboro High School assistant principal Kenneth Sumler, who said he is excited to witness the competition.

“I support and pray for my wife,” he said. “And she’s going to be outstanding.”

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The competition will take place November 3, but you can already vote for Mrs. Sumler — to vote, you make a donation to WEN — who has raised $150 to date. The event will take place at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Goldsboro. Different dance studios will be dancing with different stars. Mrs. Sumler is dancing with Desiree Autrey’s Academy Arts, a studio located in Pikeville.

However, as I mentioned earlier, this is not the first time Mrs. Sumler has taken the stage. She used to take dance when she was in middle school and high school in Michigan. So she knows what it takes to pull everything together for the big day.

Mrs. Sumler has already been practicing for weeks.

“We had one large practice and we are getting ready to ramp up,” she told the Pride. “I get along really well with the dancers … and we are working hard to become great.”

But the chance to take the stage again — like she did so many times as a little girl — is not the only reason she signed up.

“I’m very excited to raise money for a well-deserving, charitable cause,” she said.

To see the lineup of dancers and to vote for Mrs. Sumler, click on this sentence.

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