The crew of ‘stars’ and teachers that will compete in the Dancing With Coffs Coast Stars event.
The crew of ‘stars’ and teachers that will compete in the Dancing With Coffs Coast Stars event. Bruce Thomas

Dance stars ready

FROM cabaret to contemporary and salsa to swing, the 'stars' have been selected and an array of dance styles will be showcased at Dancing With Coffs Coast Stars.

Dancing With Coffs Coast Stars, which coincides with World Cancer Day (Saturday, February 4, 2012), is in its second year and the inaugural gala raised a massive $50,000 for the Cancer Council.

Still a few months off, the teams will have plenty of time to perfect their diverse range of routines before competing in our local version of the hit TV show.

Organisers, dancers and teachers gathered at C.ex Coffs yesterday, where the pairs were announced.

Specialising in the Lindy Hop, Kristy Pursch of Coffs Coast Swing Katz was full of anticipation as she awaited the announcement.

"Last year my husband, Rob, and I worked with Denise Knight and came equal first," Mrs Pursch said.

"She was fantastic to work with and definitely a natural."

The local business people and their respective professional dance teachers are:

Jacquie Holden, of Janison, dancing with Dale and Sandy Smith of Razzle Dazzle Rockers.

Maureen Shaw, music producer and breast cancer survivor, dancing with Lara Berry of Toll.

Carol Walsh, of Saltwater Restaurant, dancing with Kristy and Rob Pursch of Coffs Coast Swing Katz.

Lily McDonald, of Business Women's Network and Sprout Business Consulting, and David Brett of Bentley, Brett, Vincent Accountants, will be taught by Carol Myers of Pacific Dance Centre, with two of her students to be their dance partners.

Alan Ball, principal of Bishop Druitt College, dancing with Carol Young of Woolgoolga Dance Studio.

Glen Barnett, of Coffs Coast Health Club, dancing with Annette Payne of Julie Ross Dance Studio.

Wayne Edwards, of ANZ, dancing with Christina Monneron of Coffs Latin Rhythms.

The eight couples will compete for the judges' choice and the people's choice awards and there will also be a prize for the 'star' that raises the most money. Money raised will go towards cancer research, information and support services.



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