A Star per­for­mance from Nick and Steph

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Nick Robertson and Stephanie Price danced their way to vic­tory on Satur­day night in the Bi­ralee Preschool Danc­ing with the Stars an­nual char­ity event.

As the big­gest fundraiser for the preschool, more than 250 peo­ple packed the Fin­ley RS Club and were en­ter­tained by hosts Peter Brunt and Colleen Rock­cliff.

Each of the five cou­ples per­formed be­fore all 10 dancers came to­gether for a fi­nal group dance.

The win­ners said it was their out­fits that tipped them over the edge with the judges.

‘‘Nick had his jacket and hat il­lu­mi­nated and my dress was lit up,’’ Mrs Price said.

‘‘We weren’t go­ing to win with just our moves so we de­cided to up our game a lit­tle bit.’’

Alex Rus­sell and Darren Sharp were deemed the run­ners-up, Gaye Maxwell and Chris Koschel ran away with the Judges’ Award for most en­ter­tain­ing, while Kelly Ni­cholls and Hay­den Lunn won the In­struc­tors’ Award for most im­proved.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion, com­mu­nity mem­bers were en- couraged to vote for the ‘viewer’s choice’ award.

Ev­ery dol­lar do­nated earned you a vote, and Jane Hawkins and Adam Kent earned the most votes.

De­spite hav­ing eight weeks of prepa­ra­tion, Mrs Price said she was still ner­vous be­fore go­ing out on the dance floor.

‘‘I was ner­vous but a few glasses of cham­pagne helped,’’ she said with a laugh.

‘‘I’ve had so much fun and ev­ery­one did a great job.

‘‘It was an op­por­tu­nity I didn’t re­ally know I needed, and we danced with a re­ally great group of peo­ple.

‘‘Nick was a lot of fun to dance with. I think he was a bit more con­fi­dent and chilled, so that helped out a bit.

‘‘When we were danc­ing I didn’t re­ally no­tice the crowd be­cause you’re con­cen­trat­ing and try­ing not to fall so you don’t have time to think about it.

‘‘I would rec­om­mend this con­test to any­one else but I’ll be tak­ing an early re­tire­ment.’’

The amount of money raised was still be­ing counted as the SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS was go­ing to print, but the event is ex­pected to yield at least $15,000 for the preschool.

Bi­ralee Preschool Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Jane Har­ris said the evening was a ‘‘spec­tac­u­lar suc­cess’’.

‘‘In ad­di­tion to Steph and Nick, Bi­ralee was the win­ner on the night,’’ she said.

‘‘This event brings the com­mu­nity to­gether in no other way an event does.

‘‘Eight weeks ago we had 10 peo­ple who didn’t re­ally know each other and now they’ve cre­ated a close friend­ship.’’

Bi­ralee Preschool would like to thank Pas­coe Earth­mov­ing, Ea­gle-i, John Nolen Ex­ca­va­tions, Fin­ley RS Club, Fin­ley Party Hire, the dancers, dance in­struc­tor Vicki Ack­ers, the judges, Danc­ing with the Stars com­mit­tee and the Bi­ralee teach­ers.

They also wanted to make spe­cial men­tion to Gary Carr and Tiarna Gid­dings from Con Carr Betta Elec­tri­cal for their tech­ni­cal equip­ment and dis­plays.

■ RIGHT: (Back from left) Chris Koschel, Hay­den Lunn, Darren Sharp, Nick Robertson and Stephanie Price; (front) Gaye Maxwell, Kelly Ni­cholls, Alex Rus­sell, dance in­struc­tor Vicki Ack­ers, Jane Hawkins and Adam Kent.

■ LEFT: Steph Price and Alex Rus­sell.

■ RIGHT: Hay­den Lunn and Kelly Ni­cholls.

■ Adam Kent and Jane Hawkins.

■ Nick Robertson and Steph Price.

■ Chris Koschel and Gaye Maxwell.

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