Michael Close and Christine Monneron are salsa partners.
Michael Close and Christine Monneron are salsa partners.

ETC manager enters dance comp

MICHAEL Close, general manager of ETC, is stepping away from the desk and onto 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.”

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

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



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