VIDEO: Jackie Pantello Prepares For ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ Set For June 6

By  //  June 1, 2015

ABOVE VIDEO: Dancing For the Space Coast contestant Jackie Pantello was born in Texas, graduated from the University of Miami and lived in northern New Jersey for twenty years.

Local Celebrities Ready To Strut Their Stuff For Needy

Dancing For the Space Coast, a unique competition and fundraising event that will benefit three worthy organizations on the Space Coast, will be held at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center on Saturday, June 6.

brevard-public-safety-charity-250-1Dancing For the Space Coast will benefit the Brevard Public Safety Charity, who has earmarked the proceeds this year to be distributed to the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Scott Center For Autism and Serene Harbor.

This exciting event will feature 11 Space Coast community and business leaders, including Amy Boyson, Lila Buescher, William Capote, Katie Jacobus, Robert Jordan, Charlie Nash, Jackie Pantello,Rita Pritchett, Susan Vallette, Mason Williams and Milo Zonka.


Each celebrity dancer will be matched up with a professional dancer as they compete in a ballroom dance – and for bragging rights as the best dancer in Brevard.

On the evening of June 6, each dance pair will compete in a choreographed ballroom dance that will be scored by a panel of judges.

During the show, couples will earn scores based on several technical skill factors, but the judges’ scores alone don’t decide the dancer’s final score.

Leading up to the actual performance, the dancers will have already scored 60 percent of their points through their fundraising endeavors.

DANCER PROFILE: Jackie Pantello

Jackie was born in Texas, graduated from the University of Miami and lived in northern New Jersey for twenty years.

Jackie Pantello
Jackie Pantello

She has serverd on many non-profit boards and committees but her first love has always been the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. Playing tennis or golf is fun, but ballroom dancing is her passion.

Thanks to the Sheriff, she will have a terrific dance pro, Lance Sexton from Melbourne Ballroom and will get to perform at the Clemente Center.

Many of this year’s competittors are close friends of Jackie’s and they intend to have a blast and give you a great show.

You can watch Jackie on BrightHouse channel 49 (NASA) several times a month when she interviews local arts people for the Brevard Notes program.

My sisters always say I am, “just a girl from Texas who loves to dance, drink champagne, and never lets anyone else talk!”

Lance Sexton – Instructor

Lance Sexton grew up in the dance business with both parents as professional dance teachers.

He brings more than 30 years of top professional dance experience with him to Melbourne Ballroom.

Sexton’s background includes extensive training with World and U.S. champions.

He is certified as a Master by the former National Director and World Top Instructor of Arthur Murray.

Lance Sexton
Lance Sexton

He competed professionally for 10 years and has won numerous championships and titles during his career.

Sexton is one of only a few professionals to win large competitions in all four styles of dancing including:

• Mid-United States Open American Professional Rhythm Champion
• Mid-United States Rising Star Professional International Latin Champion
• Southern States Rising Star Professional Standard Champion
• Illinois State Open American Professional Smooth Champion

Sexton currently competes with his students in Pro/Am competitions and his students have won many championships and top exhibition awards.

His teacher awards include Florida State Top Teacher and Mid-United States Top Teacher.



Several Dancing For the Space Coast sponsorship levels are available, including the Grease Sponsor for $25,000, the Flashdance Sponsor for $15,000, the Footloose Sponsor for $10,000 and the Saturday Night Fever Sponsor for $5,000.

Tables are available at the following levels: Front Row VIP Dinner Table, $5,000; Second Row VIP Dinner Table, $2,500; Third Row Dinner Table, $1,750; and Fourth Row Dinner Table, $1,250.
Individual seats can be purchased for $150 per person.

Dancing For the Space Coast is sponsored by Harris Corp., Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Space Coast Daily, Florida Institute of Technology and C&R Designs.

For more information, or to make a donation in the name of your favorite dance pair, log on to

Dancing For the Space Coast contestant Jackie Pantello, CM is the President & CEO of Genesis VII, An Engineering, Logistics and Construction Services Company.