ALL IN THE NAME OF CHARITY: The 2016 Stars of Nowra Dance for Cancer participants celebrate on stage on Friday night.THE inauguralStars of Nowra Dance for Cancerwas held on Friday night and following a strong reception, it appears that it will be a night that will be added to the social calendar for years to come.
Hundreds of residents from around the region attended the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on the night, to help the nine stars raise close to $40,000 for the Cancer Council.
The Cancer Council’sCommunity Engagement Manager andeventorganiser Terry Deegan said the event was much more successful than he dream it could be.
Post by South Coast Register’s Courtney Ward and Your Talent Team’s Rachael Taylor hit the dance floor.
“It was great to see so much anticipation around the area in the lead up to the event,” Deegan said.
“And I think that was because all our stars injected themselves whole-heartedlyinto the event.”
Being back stage on the night Deegan said he thoroughly enjoyed each of the nine performances on show.
“It wasgreat to see the amazement and joy all the dancers, after they had successfully finished their routines,” he said.
“With that in mind, I’d like to thank all our stars, the dance teachers and everyone who donated, both online and on the night, to making it such a successful event.
“With this year being so successful, I can’t see why we wouldn’t do it again next year.
“It’s through events like these that cancer can, hopefully in the future,become a very manageable disease.”
On the night, Power FM’s Todd Stevens and Your Talent Team’s AmyWrublewski took out the judges award, while 2ST’s Chris Firth and Albatross Musical Theatre Company’sKate Brumerskyjclaimed the people’s choice award.
Integrity Real Estate’s Peter Russell and partner TanyaMarchiori, also from Your Talent Team,claimed second prize on the night, as well as taking out best costume and thehighest fundraiser award.
Your Talent Team made it a clean sweep on the judge’spodium when Rachael Taylor and South Coast Register’s sports editor Courtney Ward claimed third place.
“When we first got asked to be involved, we jumped at the chance,” Taylor said.
“Everyone enjoyed being involved and it’s something all of us dancers would love to be involved in again.
“Dancing alongside colleagues and high school friends, doing what we do best, was unreal, especially when we are raising money for such a worthwhile cause like the Cancer Council.
“Teaching the starswasn’t as challenging as we thought it would be, which isa credit to the determination they each put in to their respective performances and training.”
Other stars involved the Dance for CancerincludedGary Wilbraham, Andrew Guile,Ashley Cheadle,Lauren (Loz) McWhirterand Greg Turner.
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