Northern Beaches 'Stars' learn to dance

Posted on: 13/3/2017 8:00AM

2017 Dance for Cancer fundraising gala and competitionOn 9 February, Cancer Council NSW officially launched the 2017 Stars of the Beaches: Dance for Cancer fundraising gala and dance competition. Set to be staged on 6 May at Dee Why RSL Club, Stars of the Beaches is a fundraising event that challenges local celebrities, business people and everyday heroes to learn a dance routine and perform it live in front an audience of more than 300 people, all while raising valuable funds for Cancer Council NSW.


At the launch event, 11 local stars were matched with a professional dancer and randomly assigned a dance style to learn. Those taking on the challenge and strapping on their dance shoes include Sarah Swain (journalist at Manly Daily), Meredith Cummins (director of Medical Oncology and Nursing at the Northern Sydney Cancer Institute), Kylie Llewellyn (local Girl Scout Leader and employee of Northern Beaches Council), Kerryn Baird (the former Premier, Mike Baird’s wife) and Brett Luhrmann (Baz Luhrmann’s brother).


The stars’ dance routines will be judged by an influential panel that includes Masha Belash (professional dancer from television’s Dancing with the Stars and owner of MOVE by Aric and Masha), Jean Hay (former mayor of Manly Council) and Barbara Martin (dancesport judge).


With the participants having now commenced their training and started working towards reaching their fundraising targets, Becky Dadswell, the community relations coordinator at Cancer Council NSW, said that she hopes that the local community will get behind the event.


Stars of the Beaches is a truly unique experience for residents of Sydney’s Northern Beaches to fundraise for Cancer Council NSW in a fun way while learning something new. The aim is to have people from all areas of the community participate, demonstrating how we can all contribute to the cause,” Dadswell said.


“With a great line-up of stars on board matched with professional dance teachers—including Aric Yugedukin from Dancing with the Stars and dance teachers from Brookvale’s Tempo Red Academy of Performing Arts—the gala is going to be a night not to be missed,” added Dadswell. 


Funds raised by Stars of the Beaches will contribute to local Cancer Council NSW initiatives such as Sun Sound programs at Manly Boy Charlton Pool and local Surf Living Saving Clubs and the Improve Your Long Game program that both aim to improve sun protection behaviours.


For more information on Stars of the Beaches, visit



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