This has nothing to do with three wise men but it does involve goodwill, generosity and a lot of stamina. Stars Of The East, Dance For Cancer is a competition that pairs professional dancers with celebrities and local heroes in a public show of grace and flare – or at least an honest effort – all in the name of raising funds for NSW Cancer Council.
The launch event in March, held at the picturesque waterfront location of Criniti’s at Woolloomooloo was where the celebrities were randomly matched with their dance instructors and then also randomly allotted a dance style. Among the brave contenders are Darren Mara (Reporter, Producer and Presenter, SBS World News), Cameron Pascoe (Actor, Writer and Bartender, TV’s First Dates), and Ryan Clark (Life Guard, Waverly Council and TV’s Bondi Rescue). After barely two months of training and lots of fundraising, the couples will meet for the Gala Night show down at East’s Leagues Club on May 19, and perform before a cheering crowd of over 300 fans. The stakes are high with three awards – Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and Highest Fundraiser – as well as personal pride, on the line.
The judging panel is comprised of one knowledgeable pro and three sympathisers: Sally Betts (Councillor, Waverley Council), Anthony Minichiello (Easts Group, NRL Footballer), Scott Bennetts (CEO, Easts Group), Chris Bamford (Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Singer and Actor).
It promises to be a very funny, very exciting evening, all for a worthwhile cause.
May 19. Easts Leagues Club, 93-97 Spring St, Bondi Junction. $120 (inc BF, dinner + drinks package). Tickets & Info: www.123tix.com.au
By Rita Bratovich