Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017
On the surface, Pediatric Cardiology and fire dancing in a Polynesian dinner show don’t seem to have much in common, but that’s not the case for Harbin Clinic’s Dr. Henaro Sabino.
As a teenager growing up in Saipan, a small island located in the Western Pacific Ocean, Henaro Sabino wanted to get a job, but found the pickings slim. A friend of his danced in a Polynesian dinner show and said Sabino should join him. Sabino did so and found himself performing as a fire knife dancer.
“My first night dancing in the show, they put a torch in my hand and told me to spin it and at the end of the routine put the torch in my mouth. I think they did that to all the new dancers,” he says. “I’m not going to be fire dancing in Cartersville though. We always did the show outdoors. One time it rained, and we moved the dinner show indoors. We almost caught the building on fire.”
Fast forward a couple of decades and travel roughly 7,600 miles and you can find Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Sabino, who works for Harbin Clinic Cardiology in Cartersville and Rome, preparing to put his dance moves on display for the 2017 edition of Cartersville Dances With The Stars. But this time he says no fire is involved.
Dr. Sabino may not have lit, spinning torches in his dance arsenal this time, but he and dance partner Jill Mroczko, who teaches ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and funk at the Cartersville School of Ballet, are working hard on their routine.
“When we first met, she told me we won’t be doing ballet, and I was relieved,” Sabino says.
The pair has been practicing twice a week for an hour and a half in preparation for the March 4 event, and Dr. Sabino says he has gotten plenty of dance “homework” from Mroczko as well.
“We are working hard. It’s a big change for me, because I usually only dance to make my patients smile or laugh or to embarrass my children,” he says. “Dancing in front of the audience will be a lot different.”
But Dr. Sabino, who has an almost ever-present smile on his face, says he’s more than willing to brave possible stage fright to be a part of the event.
“I work at a practice in Cartersville, and I wanted to do something to help give back to the community. Dr. Tammy Williams, a pediatrician at Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Cartersville, told me this was what I should do,” Dr. Sabino says. “I think it’s going to be fun, but it’s also a great way to raise money for the community.”
You can cast votes to support Dr. Sabino by visiting: https://app.mobilecause.com/f/14mt/n. Each vote costs $1 with all proceeds going to the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter and the Backpack Buddies Program in Bartow County.
Tickets for the event are on sale now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cartersville-dances-with-the-stars-tickets-29979759267?aff=ehomecard