Debs' moment on the stage

THE district's debutante ball season resumed on Friday night with a community celebration at Cohuna. 

More than 400 people watched on as 18 debutants and their partners danced the night away at the Cohuna Memorial Hall during the 2017 Cohuna Community Debutante Ball. 

Organised in partnership between the Cohuna Neighbourhood House and Cohuna Secondary College, each debutante and partner were presented to Gannawarra Shire Council Yarran Ward representative, Cr Sonia Wright and her husband, Jason during the official proceedings. 

"Tonight is the start of the second stage of each participants' lives as they will soon be making major decisions about their careers," the event's host, Mandy Hutchinson said prior to the official proceedings.

Parents and family members of each participant also played a key role on the night, with each debutante and partner presenting a loved one a token of their appreciation.

"The kids love the ball. It gives them the chance to dress up and have their moment on the stage," organising committee member, Cathy Donehue said. 

"This year's participants have been a terrific group, and the experience has helped bond the year 11 age group."

Participants completed five presentation dances during the official part of the night - 16 Step, Blue Rose, Red Hot Salsa, Maltese Cha Cha and Box Rumba - and completed The Wanderer, Progressive Jive and Pride of Erin following supper. 

"It was a very interesting and such an enjoyable experience to take part," debutante, Darcie Cummins said. 

"The process is a great way to socialise with everyone."

The couples spent 10 weeks learning the dances under the tutelage of Geoff and Betty Thompson, Jo Dehne and John Hawken - undertaking two more dances than in previous years.

"The dance instructors made the lessons really easy to understand," participant, Patrick Baxter said. 

"If you are asked to take part in a debutante ball, you've got to say 'yes'. It's the right thing to do."

The 2017 debutante ball season continues this weekend with the first of the Kerang Waterwonderland Committee balls.

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