Couple #7: Angela Puleo and Darren Harper
Angela Puleo is the Director of Blairsville Dance Project and has 37 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, hip-hop, modern and International and American style Latin. She is an American Clogging Hall of Fame inductee, and over the years, has competed nationally in multiple dance styles both as a soloist, and as part of an ensemble. She has also performed at Dollywood, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Six Flags, World of Coke, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, and on Premier Cruise line. Angela is also a certified competition judge and workshop instructor. In addition, she owns Compass Sterling, a sales and marketing consulting firm, focused on the tech industry.
Angela and The Blairsville Dance Force have been strong supporters of Enotah CASA providing entertainment and trained dance professionals for the past three years. Angela and her partner also took home the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy in 2017.
Darren is originally from Blairsville, and was raised south of Atlanta. He spent every summer & holiday in Blairsville with family. He graduated from YHC in 88 then on to GA State University in Atlanta. Darren spent 20 years in the financial services industry and eventually opened his own business near Little 5 points. He moved back to Blairsville about 8 years ago, and is sure it’s the best decision he ever made.
Darren has served as Blairsville’s Downtown Development Program Manager for over 4 years.
Currently, he serves on the board of the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, and the “We are still here Memorial Project” and is a habitual volunteer.
Darren has been a semi-professional wedding photographer for 6 years with Studio 83 wedding photography based out of Athens. He is a total dog nut and has four dogs: Peanut the Schnoodle, Butters the Jack, Hannah the min-pin & Bella the Maltese. Darren agreed to dance because A) He has no shame and B) most importantly, it’s for a great cause and because he danced in 2017 and won 1st runner-up and wants to take home the mirror ball trophy in 2018.