Are they as light on their feet?

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA GEE

Box­ing coach Paul Hamp­ton and sur­geon Ros Pochin are both ex­perts with their hands, but the ques­tion is, are they as good on their feet?

The pair are among a num­ber of lo­cal iden­ti­ties who have signed up to the Danc­ing For A Cause event to raise funds for the Nel­son Tas­man Hospice.

Other con­tes­tants in­clude Nel­son mayor Rachel Reese, restau­ran­teur Matt Bouterey, busi­ness­man Pic Pi­cot, os­teopath Richard Car­ruthers, Nel­son city coun­cil­lor Matt Lawrey and former Labour can­di­date Rachel Boyack, who will each spend a few min­utes in the spot- light.

‘‘Un­like the real Danc­ing with the Stars where I think they prac­tice for five hours a day, we are still do­ing our day jobs and try­ing to fit in an hour each week,’’ Pochin said.

The con­tes­tants have been matched with pro­fes­sional dancers and told what style of dance they will be per­form­ing.

Pochin is learn­ing the samba and said the big­gest chal­lenge so far had been get­ting used to danc­ing in thin, high-heel shoes which she wasn’t used to wear­ing.

‘‘Ap­par­ently I am now danc­ing on the balls of my feet which is good, but it’s be­cause I don’t trust the heels so I am ba­si­cally tip-toe­ing around.’’

Hamp­ton said he’d also had ‘‘a few wob­bles’’ while prac­tis­ing in his dance shoes that had a Cuban heel.

‘‘I am do­ing the jive which is re­ally fast, so half­way through I get bug­gered. I need to ac­tu­ally train for it.’’

Pochin said she was happy to make a fool of her­self for the cause.

‘‘It’s not meant to be a com­edy show but it will be en­ter­tain­ing.

‘‘This is a re­ally good cause, we have all known peo­ple who have gone through the hospice, both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally.’’

Danc­ing For A Cause, Trafal­gar Cen­tre, May 26 at 7pm. Tick­ets from Tick­etDirect, for tables con­tact Richard at danc­ing­fora­cause@dancenel­

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