Keeping with tradition
Thursday, 8th May, 2014
The nerves have kicked in for the 24 teenagers who will be in the spotlight at the debutante Civic Ball tomorrow night.
Twelve debutantes and their squires signed up to take part in the event which is run annually by City Council.
The group began practicising under the expert guidance of instructor Andrew Bevarne in February.
One debutante, Jasmin Fargher, was excited about following in the footsteps of her older sister Shai.
“It’s been a lot of preparation - my make-up, jewellery, shoes and, of course, the dress,” Jasmin said yesterday.
“I decided to do it because my sister, my mum and my grandma did theirs.”
Tiana Read also chose to take part to continue a family tradition.
“My mum did it, too. It’s good to keep it in the family!”
Mayor Wincen Cuy said that the ball was a “proud occasion for the participants and their families.”
“The Civic Ball is one of the highlights on the city’s social calender,” he said.
“The Civic Ball team has worked closely with the debutantes and Andrew Bevarne to prepare for this week’s big event.
“I am looking forward to a wonderful night and wish all the debutantes and their squires a successful evening.”
Mr Bevarne said that the boys and girls had been very diligent.
“They’re doing a traditional waltz and a variation of the Cha-Cha,” he said.
“Some of them have started to get nerves, but they are all prepared.”
Last year the ball was almost cancelled following concerns over Council’s finances. This year, a number of local businesses have got on board to help reduce the cost.