Len Kiese puts the Charming in Cha-Cha, prepares for DWTS Lexington

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – WIS Sunrise anchor Len Kiese is trading his suit and tie for a pair of ballroom dancing shoes, and he's asking for your vote.

He's one of 12 contestants that have been prepping to compete in the Lexington One foundation's upcoming Dancing with the Stars Lexington event.

"He's a quick learner," said Jamie Barrett, Kiese's ballroom partner from Columbia Ballroom Company. "He's got great rhythm, and he's a lot of fun," she added.

"It's so different than what I'm used to," said Kiese. "Because you know, you go to the club, you go to the party and do a little two step here and there, and you know, you feel good."

But this life of the party picked up a new pair of shoes to learn the ins and outs of the Cha-Cha for the annual fundraiser.

"I was kind of nervous to take those first moves," added Kiese.

But Barrett has been keeping Kiese on his toes.  "We went at a snail's pace at first just walking through every step, and then picked it up," said Barrett. "The song is pretty fast."

Now the two are putting the finishing touches on a routine that Kiese will perform on May 1st at the Koger Center in hopes of beating out the 11 other contestants.

"I've seen some of the other competition, and it seems like everybody is doing a great job so it's definitely going to be a stiff competition this year," said Kiese.

At the heart of all the moves is the hope of raising money for the Lexington One Foundation.

"The money raised will go directly to the classrooms for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) labs," said Haley Bowers with Lexington One Foundation Board. "We also have some things like leadership skills development for our students. It's the leader in me program, and it's been very successful in our schools."

Kiese says while he's ultimately in it for the kids, he's going for the win and he'll continue to practice until he can't practice anymore.

The contestants will compete for the People's Choice award, which goes to the contestant who can get the most votes before and during the competition. You can vote for Len Kiese now and meet the other contestants at http://www.dancingwiththestarslexington.com/.

If you want to see him dance in person, you can purchase tickets at the Koger Center. The competition is May 1st and starts at 7:00pm.