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Work cut out for Courtney

Wednesday, 23rd July, 2008

Local dancer Courtney Adams is preparing to turn 32 untrained dancers into polished performers for the 2008 Far West Dancing with the Stars Ball.

The 16-year-old will this year be without her partner Andrew Bevarne who helped train the dancers for the inaugural ball in 2006.

Courtney said she was up to the challenge.

"Absolutely, 100 per cent. It should be great."

It won't be the first time Courtney has come under such pressure - she gladly agreed to teach the last bunch of competitors on her own when

Andrew, who now lives in Whyalla,  was unable to attend a practice.

She is planning to teach the entrants a mixture of both Latin American and Ballroom-style dances.

YMCA Fundraising Convener, Dionne Devlin, said that she was confident the ball, on November 15, could emulate the success of the one held two years ago.

"We're looking forward to recreating the night and having a really great time," she said.

"The response has been enormous."

The 2006 ball raised about $15,000 for the financially recuperating YMCA and the Broken Hill Harness Racing Club.

Money raised from this year's ball will help people who can't afford to use the local  sports and leisure centre.

"We want to be able to help everyone get access to the facilities," Mrs Devlin told the BDT.

Each of the participants, who will begin lessons at the end of August, are required to raise a minimum of $500 each from their circle of contacts, family, friends and workmates.

"Everybody we've asked so far has been keen to join in," Mrs Devlin said.

The judging panel will consist of Melinda Pavlin from YMCA Australia, Mezzini owner Dana Farcich, Federal Liberal MP Sussan Ley and Nationals MP John Williams.

As well as dancing, the evening will feature music and a three course meal.

Tickets will go on sale soon.

"They just go like hotcakes," Mrs Devlin said. "They sell very fast."

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