Dancing for their lives
COFFS Coast Health Club’s Jacqui Jarratt channelled an ’80s vibe to dance her way to winning the judges’ nod at Friday’s Stars of the Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer event.
But the real winner was the Cancer Council of NSW because the event raised more than $100,000 for cancer research and support for patients.
Ms Jarratt and dance teacher Kym Mackinnon from Julie Ross Dance Studio took their inspiration from the movie Flashdance to wow the crowd.
“I think a lot of people in the audience related to the headbands, the leotards
and the music,” Ms Jarratt said of their jazz variety routine.
“But the competition was very close, there was not much between any of us,” she said.
Ms Jarratt had a lot to live up to: her husband Glen Barnett is a previous winner of the Stars of the Coffs Coast event.
“His parting words to me before the show were ‘ just to remind you that I did win a few years ago, so no pressure,’ ” she said.
“Actually he was pretty good, he came to a couple of rehearsals and made some suggestions, he helped me to rehearse and he was very supportive.”
PT Clarke from All Office and Business won the People’s Choice Award with partner Melissa Thomson from Pacific Dancentre.
C.ex Coffs community relations co-ordinator Sarah Pryor was the top fundraiser, collecting $14,000 for the charity.
Tickets booked by the estimated 450-plus people who attended Friday’s final at C.Ex Coffs raised money, and the 11 stars also spent months before the final organising their own individual fundraising events as well as rehearsing their dance moves and organising costumes for the grand finale.