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Meet 2023 DWTSS Dancers Lisa Horton and Michael McCurdy

Introducing Lisa Horton and Michael McCurdy 2023 DWTSS contestants. Grice Connect is introducing the community to the 2023 Dancing with the Statesboro Stars (DWTSS) dancers. The event will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 6:30pm and the encore show will be Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 3pm at the Connection Church.
Lisa Horton and Michael McCurdy 2023 DWTSS Contestants

Presenting 2023 DWTSS Dancers Lisa Horton and Michael McCurdy. They are competing along with eleven other teams to win the 2023 Mirror Ball Trophy Judges Choice award and the Top Fundraiser award. 

Dancing with the Statesboro Stars is a night of dancing and performances to raise funds and awareness for Safe Haven, the nonprofit organization that serves adult and child survivors of domestic violence in Bulloch and five surrounding counties.

The 13th annual Dancing with the Statesboro Stars presented by D&R Car Care will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 6:30pm and the encore show will be Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 3pm at the Connection Church. 

Each day leading up to the event on November 9, 2023 we will introduce you to the 12 teams competing.




Lisa Horton grew up in Glennville, GA and made Statesboro her home in 2011. She graduated from Ogeechee Technical College in 2009 with a degree in Radiologic Technology. She has worked in healthcare since 2002, but found her happy place in Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine, and Wellness. She is currently the Operations Manager at Statesboro Urgent Care and The DRIP BaR.

Lisa is married to Raymond Horton, Jr. (14 years) and they have 5 energetic children: Clayton 9, Olivia 6, Laura 5, Dylan 3, and Emily 1. They attend Believer’s Church of Statesboro and Lisa is a volunteer in the BC Tots program. She loves being a mother.

Lisa enjoys helping others and meeting new people. She is an advocate for TAR Wars, an early prevention tobacco and vaping education program for students offered by the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her hobbies include spending time with her children, being outdoors, reading, and trying new recipes.

Lisa has never danced before this adventure with DWTSS, but has always enjoyed the shows. She is proud to be a part of the efforts to raise awareness and support for Safe Haven. It is an honor to contribute to this cause. Everyone is worthy of feeling safe. Lisa’s motto is “Be Someone’s Sunshine”


Michael McCurdy grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and most recently hails from Central Florida. He and his wife, Dr. Regina McCurdy, a professor at Georgia Southern have lived in Statesboro for two years where they are raising their two children. Michael graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s degree in Music (Jazz) Performance and a Master’s Degree with Advanced Honors in Education, Media, and Technology from Full Sail University. He currently works at Georgia Southern as an Instructional Services Coordinator and the interim Director of the Faculty Center.

Michael started studying Salsa dancing in South Florida 20 years ago, a few years after becoming a single-father of three. Salsa dancing was such a healing pastime that he began studying and then teaching other styles of partner dancing including social dances: such as East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Hustle, and ballroom dance from American Smooth and American Rhythm styles. During their dating years, Michael and Regina could be seen on the dance floors of ballrooms in South Florida and in front of many a stage at outdoor music festivals. In fact, it was Regina who nominated Michael as a dance pro for this year’s DWTSS.

Michael recently began teaching social dance classes at the Averitt Center for the Arts. He believes that partner dancing allows people to develop healthy social connections and is inspired by the encouragement that new and experienced dance students give each other when learning.


About Safe Haven

Safe Haven is a program of Citizens Against Violence, Inc., a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation.  It is the emergency safe house for adult and child victims of domestic violence serving Bulloch, Candler, Effingham, Jenkins, Screven and Washington counties.  Save Haven is open 24 hours per day/7 days per week.  The length of time at the shelter is based on personal plans and progress towards independence.

There is no charge for services provided at the shelter which include:

  • Access to a 24-hour crisis line
  • Immediate, safe, emergency shelter
  • Advocacy by knowledgeable, caring professionals
  • Case management services
  • Parenting classes
  • Family safety planning
  • Access to donated clothing and furnishings
  • Transportation
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Childcare
  • Community support
  • Housing assistance
  • Relocation services

Safe Haven's Crisis Line is available 24/7 at (912) 764-4605, and you can visit their Outreach office at 204 North College St. from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Advocates are available to assist with safety planning and explain the numerous free and confidential ways they support survivors of domestic violence in our community.