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TWU faculty members Emarely Rosa-Davila and Jorge Figueroa compete in the United Tribute, a United Way of Denton County fundraiser. Photo credit: Jeff Woo/Denton Record-Chronicle

Figueroa, Rosa-Davila dance in United Way fundraiser

TWU faculty members Jorge Figueroa (teacher education) and Emarely Rosa-Davila (social work) danced the night away in the 9th Annual United Tribute, a fundraiser for the United Way of Denton County. The event, which featured Dancing with our Stars, took place May 8 at the Embassy Suites in Denton.

Though the couple didn’t win the competition, they “had lots of fun and proudly represented TWU,” said Rosa-Davila.

Figueroa and Rosa-Davila brought in another TWU connection: Gladys Keeton, professor emerita of dance, worked with the couple for nine months teaching them swing, their assigned style of dance for the competition.

Each couple dedicated their dance to a cause. Figueroa and Rosa-Davila chose to advocate for overall mental health.

“Participating in this event is a way to give back to the Denton community, which has given us so much since we moved here in 2017,” Rosa-Davila said. “We believe the people coping with mental health problems deserve to have access to quality and culturally responsive services. By advocating for mental health, we contribute to a chance to have a better country for the next generation.”