WRAL's Sloane Heffernan has got her dancing shoes on.
We have video of her preparing to compete in the annual "Dancing Like the Stars" competition held during the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh at the end of the month.
Heffernan's competition includes NBC-17's Sharon Delaney, WTVD's Amber Rupinta, 100.7 The River's Kitty Kinnin, USA Baseball Director of Public Relations Jake Fehling and Jonathan Bunzey, a 17-year-old special needs student who is dealing with speech loss.
The stars join professional partners for a ballroom showdown similar to the TV show "Dancing With the Stars." The winners will be determined by online votes on the National Inclusion Project's website and the judges' scores. Online voting costs $1.
All proceeds from the contest benefit the National Inclusion Project, formerly known as the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which was co-founded in 2003 by American Idol alum and Raleigh native Clay Aiken. The nonprofit promotes the inclusion of children with disabilities in activities with children who are not disabled.
WRAL has a storied history with this competition. Anchor Renee Chou won it in 2010 and in 2008 then anchor Lynda Loveland (who is now a morning show host on Mix 101.5 FM) took home top prize over former WRAL traffic reporter Mark Roberts.