Dancing with the Coffs Coast Stars

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Dancing with the Coffs Coast Stars 2015 is set to be an amazing event. Being held for the fifth consecutive year at C.ex Coffs, 14th November will see over 400 guests support and cheer on eleven couples when they sashay and spin on the dance floor. The event fundraises on behalf of Cancer Council NSW and boasts a great variety of dance styles to enjoy.

Dance for Cancer has a brand new identity… Tell us about the name change and what’s different from last year?
It sure has! The event is now known as “Stars of Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer”. Due to the great success of this event on the Coffs Coast, it has now been rolled out around the state by Cancer Council NSW. We had a name change to create a state-wide brand for the event and to ensure we weren’t encroaching on Dancing with the Stars! This is now our 5th year, and our 6th event. We moved from February to November, as it was tricky for our stars and dancers to keep up the dancing and fundraising momentum over the Christmas period.
There is a new website, so you can check out the stars’ and dancers’ profiles and events, sponsors, important event information and of course, donate at www.everydayhero.com.au/event/starsofcoffscoast2015. There is also a new Facebook page, “Stars of Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer”, which features regular updates from our stars’ dance lessons, fundraising events and other important information, so please like and share us!
Fortunately some things don’t change, and Stars of Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer will once again be at C.ex Coffs, who have been our major sponsor since the event started. We thank the C.ex Board and the wonderful staff for their great venue and professional yet friendly services.

How much money has this event raised for Cancer Council NSW, and where does the money go?
This event has just gone from strength to strength. Our first event back in 2011 raised just over $55,000, with our most recent event raising $104,000. To date, the Dance for Cancer has raised close to $500,000.
All funds raised go to Cancer Council NSW, which is 97% publically funded. The Cancer Council is the largest non-government funder of cancer research in Australia and the only cancer charity that funds research across all cancers, and works across all stages of the cancer journey. This means conducting and funding research to reduce the impact of cancer, promoting prevention programmes to reduce cancer incidents, providing information and support to empower people affected by cancer so no one has to face cancer alone, and carrying out advocacy to ensure that governments take action to reduce cancer risks and improve access to care and treatment.
Locally we run transport to treatment and accommodation services, provide access to free legal and financial advice, information and support services. We have ensured that 100% of our schools are Sun Smart and run other prevention programmes such as the Eat It To Beat It and Sun Sound. Approximately 500 people per year are diagnosed with cancer on the Coffs Coast, which is significantly higher than the NSW average.

Who are the stars hitting the dance floor this year?
It is with great delight that I introduce our fabulous team of 11 stars, who are brave enough to not only learn and perform a dance routine in front of 400 people, but to fundraise and show support for people in our community affected by cancer. They are:
• Lee Millard, a dedicated breast care nurse at MNCLHD
• Peter Hodges, a regular to the stage with Coffs Harbour Musical Comedy Company
• Dr Kristen Pigram from Coffs Medical Centre and Headspace
• Sam Ledger, co-owner of CHC Pharmacy
• Jacqui (Jarrat) Barrett, Coffs Harbour Woman of the Year, CEO of the Business Woman’s Network and co-owner of Coffs Coast Health Club
• Gary Amiguet, owner of Seabreeze Smash Repairs
• Alice Williams, previous Dance for Cancer MC and co-owner of Axis Printing
• Brendan Smith, NBN news reporter
• Sarah Ramsay, a physiotherapist at Coffs Coast Sports Physiotherapy
• PT Clarke, co-owner of All Office and Business
• Sarah Pryor, Community Relations Coordinator for the C.ex Group

Who are the gorgeous dance teachers that we have this year? Any new ones on board that we need to look out for?
We are very fortunate to have 11 fabulous dance teachers and a huge array of dance styles being performed. We have three dancers from Julie Ross Dance Studio, Ashleigh Ross, Emily McCarthy and Kym Mackinnon, who will be jazzing up the night with jazz, hip hop and musical theatre performances. Julie was the choreographer of the Council flashmob opening performance at the last event.
Xaeda from Sacred Lotus Bellydance is also a new addition to our team. We have Chris Pemberton-Lewis from Coffs Latin Rhythms, Kelly Stoner, who will rock out some Rock n’ Roll, the fabulous Christina Monneron (Coffs Harbour International Woman of the Year) with her Cuban grooves, along with Owen Gilliland from Kulturithmik, Carol Young from Pacific Dance Studio with two of her protégées Melissa Thomson and Kyle Withers, and of course, the very talented and entertaining Carol Young from Woolgoolga Dance Studio, who has taken our stars to winning place for the past two events.

Tickets always sell out fast; where can we buy tickets, and when is the event?
Save the date for Saturday, November 14th! Tickets will be available from the 20th August from the C.ex Coffs, online or in person. This year the ticket prices are tiered and range in price from $50 – $80. The event is always a sellout, so get some friends together, grab a table, and get in quick! It will be a night to remember and best of all, raising money for a cause that supports so many people in our local community.

Interview with Pippa Tabone from the Cancer Council.

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