Deb Woodall's rockin' for Stars of the Border Dance for Cancer

HANGING AROUND: Dance teacher Johnny Phung helps real estate sales agent Deb Woodall kick up her heels for Stars of the Border Dance for Cancer. Picture: MARK JESSER

HANGING AROUND: Dance teacher Johnny Phung helps real estate sales agent Deb Woodall kick up her heels for Stars of the Border Dance for Cancer. Picture: MARK JESSER

Asked to describe her dance style in three words, Deb Woodall went with “What was that??!”.

For me, it's my grandmother who missed seeing her grandchildren grow up, it's our family friends who left us too young and it's my close friends who have lost a parent or a loved one

Deb Woodall

“When my partner first saw me dance, he said it was like watching a giraffe learn to walk,” she admitted.

“But even he is starting to be impressed with how well my skill is coming along.”

Miss Woodall is getting the chance to develop her dance steps by being part of the fifth annual Stars of the Border Dance for Cancer gala night next month.

The real estate sales agent and DJ is among 13 Albury-Wodonga identities trying to pick up as much co-ordination and ability as they can over eight weeks of dance lessons.

Last year’s Stars of the Border, a fundraiser for Cancer Council NSW, collected about $65,000, with 469 guests attending the finale at Albury Entertainment Centre.

Miss Woodall said she loved the idea of helping her community through such a project.

“And also secretly having the opportunity to be a part of the glitz and glam the main event promises, I’ve never done anything remotely like this before,” she said.

The cause, of course, is also important, with most lives touched by cancer in some way.

“For me, it’s my grandmother who missed seeing her grandchildren grow up, it’s our family friends who left us too young, and it’s my close friends who have lost a parent or a loved one,” she said.

“It’s heartbreaking to empathise with their losses.”

Miss Woodall’s cocktail charity event A Splash of Colour on Friday, April 20, at Atura Albury will be a key plank of her fundraising campaign.

The evening includes a cocktail on arrival, canapes, live music, dance interludes and raffles throughout the evening, with Atura to donate $2 for each drink bought at the bar.

Miss Woodall said she had been overwhelmed by the support of friends, colleagues and family.

“It’s been fun to flip a few sausages and see people within the community happily donate their change,” she said.

Lessons have been going well with her “strict but sweet” rock and roll dance teacher Johnny Phung in charge.

“He’s been recognised nationally and internationally … I’ve quickly realised this is quite an honour for me to be getting this invaluable one-on-one training,” she said.

“I may even come out of this with an actual talent!”