Shannon Santiago Prepares To Dance At 5th Annual ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’ on Saturday

By  //  May 29, 2019

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resident of Brevard County for over 19 years

ABOVE VIDEO: Instructor Heidi Arnold and dance student Mark Mikolajczyk are set to entertain a sold-out Clemente Center on Saturday, June 1 for “Dancing for the Space Coast.”

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA –  In lead up to Brevard County’s biggest charity fundraiser of the year, the 2019 ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’ dancers are practicing their final dance routines this week for the event on June 1 at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center.

With a sold out crowd ready to pack inside the Clemente Center, one of the dancers in this year’s event is Shannon Santiago.

Shannon has lived in Brevard County for over nineteen years and is the proud wife of a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Motorman for seventeen years and the illustrious mother of three beautiful children: daughter Jaiden (15), son Frankie (14), and my youngest son Kainen (12).

Having had the honor of serving her children’s PTO President for both their elementary and intermediate schools, she also takes pride in being an active parent in all of her children’s activities both in and outside of school.

Shannon is currently employed as an Accounts Receivable Specialist for the worldwide leader in motion control devices and systems “Bansbach Easylift” owned and operated by Robert & Cristina Rose.

“Working for such a prestigious charitable local company has allowed me to interact and volunteer for numerous local benefits, organizations, and worthwhile charities,” said Santiago.

“I take great pleasure in being able to volunteer throughout Brevard County and to participate in this year’s Dancing for the Space Coast!”


Shannon’s Instructor: Lance Sexton

Lance and Elena Sexton perform together for an exhibition dance as husband and wife at the third annual Dancing For the Space Coast. (Colin Ziemer, Space Coast Daily Image)

Lance Sexton grew up around ballroom dancing with both parents being dance teachers.

He brings over 30 years of dance experience as a world class professional dance competitor.

Lance loves to teach social, showcase, and competition dance. His dance background includes extensive training with World and United States champions.

Lance Sexton is a professional dance instructor and co-owner of the Suntree Ballroom, a dance school with three teaching locations in Brevard County.

He is a certified as a Master of Dance Instruction and is registered as a professional dance teacher through the National Dance Council of America.

Lance has won numerous championships and titles during his career. He is one of only a few professionals to win major dance championships in all four styles of Ballroom and Latin including Mid-United States Open American Style Rhythm champion, Mid-United States Rising Star Latin Champion, Southern States Rising Star Standard Champion, and Illinois State (Chicago Star Ball) Open American Smooth Champion.

He has also placed in the top three at the prestigious Ohio Star Ball, Grand Nationals, and the North American Imperial Star Championships.

Lance married his beautiful wife Elena in 2015. Together they share their love for dance and each other in their dance performances.

Last year, over 800 attendees gathered on June 2 at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center for the fourth annual Dancing for the Space Coast. Nearly $350,000 was raised for local nonprofit organizations.

The program for this year’s event starts at 6:30 p.m. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m.