Local stars trip dancing's light fantastic

Carol Young and Nicole Martin – Judge’s Choice winners
Carol Young and Nicole Martin – Judge’s Choice winners

MONTHS of sweaty practice converted into just a few glamorous minutes on the dance floor, but the smiles and the impact of the dollars raised will last long after the dimming spotlight.

Eight high-profile Coffs Coast business people teamed up with some of the best local dance schools to learn one dance each for the recent 2014 Dancing With Coffs Coast Stars.

The result? A spectacular night of entertainment with almost $100,000 raised for the Cancer Council.

"It was a fantastic event and the dance teachers and the stars put in so much effort," Fiona Foulkes from the Cancer Council said.

"They excelled and should be proud of what they achieved. The volunteer committee worked hard in the background to bring this successful event together, thank you to them and everyone else involved - the MCs, judges and our wonderful sponsors."

While everyone, including the Cancer Council NSW, is a winner at this event there were a few official gongs handed out.

Nicole Martin, who swapped her NSW police forensic investigator's coat for a nun's habit, won the Judges' Choice Award.

Nicole and her dance partner, Woolgoolga Dance Studio teacher and choreographer Carol Young, performed a musical theatre dance routine to the music from Sister Act.

Vicky Hunter, Pink Silks Ladies Day committee member, and her dance partner Graham Muggleton from Coffs Latin Rhythms, danced a sensual zouk. The Latin dance, similar to a lambda, was a crowd-pleaser taking out the Peoples' Choice Award.

The Highest Fundraising Award went to Steve Allan, pharmacist and owner of Urunga Amcal Pharmacy, who with support from the Urunga community raised an impressive $21,833.

Topics:  cancer council

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