Salsa partners: Michael Close and Christine Monneron.
Salsa partners: Michael Close and Christine Monneron.

GM dances to raise funds

MICHAEL Close, general manager of ETC, is stepping away from the desk and on to the dance floor.

Alongside eight local celebrities, he is strapping on the sequins as a contestant in the charity dance competition ‘Dancing with Coffs Coast Stars’.

Playing down his dancing skills Michael said, “If you have ever seen me dance you’ll know I have the grace of an elephant in heels.”

Michaels’ dance partner is principal instructor with Coffs Latin Rhythms, Christine Monneron, who has been working hard to ensure he is ready for his public salsa debut.

“I was originally interested in salsa for its relationship to Doritos however I’ve since been told by Christine it’s a dance genre.”

It is no coincidence ‘Dancing with Coffs Coast Stars’ is being held at C.ex Coffs on February 4, which is World Cancer Day.

This gala evening is not just a night of music and dancing, it is a fundraiser for the Cancer Council.

Like many in the community, the contestants have family, friends or colleagues affected by cancer and saw this as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds.

“I am passionate about Cancer Council initiatives,” Michael said.

Also lining up on the dance floor will be Annie Blair from Business Women’s Network, Lorenz Beckett manager of Park Beach Plaza, Councillor Denise Knight from Barringa Hospital, Brian Hopwood of Brian Hopwood Homes, Deborah Maugher of Parrys Jewellers, Joanne Vines principal One Agency Real Estate, Graham Muggleton of Thrifty and Sjaan Williams of Rotary Club Coffs Harbour Daybreak.

Tickets $50 from the Cancer Council 121 High St, Coffs, 6659 8400 or fionaf@nswcc.org.au .



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