The serious dance for life

Turning on her samba moves for an audience isn’t a problem for Lady Bandits player Rachel Maenpaa. As a person used to taking the initiative, she has had more trouble handing over control to her dance partner, Border Dance Works’ Alex Todd as they prepare for the Dance for Cancer event Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

Turning on her samba moves for an audience isn’t a problem for Lady Bandits player Rachel Maenpaa. As a person used to taking the initiative, she has had more trouble handing over control to her dance partner, Border Dance Works’ Alex Todd as they prepare for the Dance for Cancer event Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

BORDER identities who have never danced before will compete in a high-stakes battle to raise money for cancer this month.

They have been teamed with dancers from Border Danceworks, DMB and Albury-Wodonga Dance Centre to help refine their amateur — and perhaps hidden — skills.

Dance For Cancer will raise money for the NSW Cancer Council with the proceeds going towards research, patient support and prevention programs.

Albury-Wodonga Lady Bandits basketballer Rachel Maenpaa wanted to get involved to support a cause close to her heart.

“My brother had rhabdomyosarcoma (connective tissue cancer) when he was young and struggled with it for quite a while,” she said.

“I’ve seen how it affected my family and him all his life.”

Maenpaa said she was not nervous about showing her samba routine to a large audience but was finding it a challenge to follow the lead of her partner, Border Danceworks’ Alex Todd.

Competing against Maenpaa and Alex will be entertainer Steve Bowen, who is known for his curly locks and loud suits.

Unlike Maenpaa, he is keeping things quiet, not letting anything slip about the identity of his partner or what he has planned for the night.

“My dance and partner will remain a mystery,” he said.

“I won’t reveal anything until the night. Surprise is a good thing, too many people know too many things, and I want to add some suspense.”

Mr Bowen said the spur for him to be involved was the many people he knew whose lives had been affected by cancer.

Also stepping onto the dance floor will be WIN journalist Nathan Currie, Albury Thunder coach Josh Cale, fund-raiser Sue White, real estate agent William Bonnici and musician Sharyn Bilston.

Dance For Cancer will be held on Friday week at the Commercial Club.

Tickets costing $50 can be booked through the Albury Visitor Information Centre or by calling 1300 252 879.

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