More than 400 people watched as 17 couples danced at the 2018 Cohuna Community Debutante Ball, marking the 5th year since it's inception.

SOCIAL DEBUT: 17 couples made their debut at the 2018 Cohuna Community Debutante Ball. For more debutante photos pick up the current edition of the Gannawarra Times.

SOCIAL DEBUT: 17 couples made their debut at the 2018 Cohuna Community Debutante Ball. For more debutante photos pick up the current edition of the Gannawarra Times.

DOZENS of cameras flashed, and the luminous dresses radiated confidence of the wearers under the fluorescent light. 

More than 400 people watched as 17 couples danced and clapped at the Cohuna Memorial Hall during the 2018 Cohuna Community Debutante Ball, marking the 5th year since it's inception. 

Organised through committed voluntary efforts by the Cohuna Debutante Committee, Cohuna Neighbourhood House, and with fledgeling dancers from Cohuna Secondary College; each débutante was presented to Cohuna Secondary College principal Fiona Miller and her husband, Ash, and the dance instructors, Geoff and Betty Thompson, John Hawken and Jo Dehne. 

"It's just great seeing these young people, from their early years, watching them grow up, and then giving them the opportunity to show their confidence," committee member, Sharon Payne said prior to the presentation ceremonies. 

"It was a massive amount of effort from the dancers who were practising every week, I think they should feel a sense of achievement." 

Some of the money raised from this year's débutante ball will go towards funding the trips of students choosing to work with the Schoolies for a Cause program in Cambodia. In Cambodia the students will work to make better living conditions for families with economic disadvantages. 

Event host and débutante committee member, Sallie Hawken also felt the spirit of achievement. 

"They trained for 12 weeks in total. Obviously there is behind the scenes work in this operation, but to be here to support the dancers is great. 

"It feels really good to see the community come together and we're really proud of their determination.

"We had one dancer get injured, but that person came back in time to dance." 

Once the presentation ceremonies ended, the couples jigged and waltzed to Katchi, Black Coffee, Last Night, Neon Moon, and Mustang Sally, as well as to stylish music covers by local band Still Cruisin. 

Sue Turner blazed the air with sounds of the electronic saxophone, Zoe Pinchon played the keyboard and offered vocals whilst the lead strummed the banjo, guitar, and even a ukelele.

Jack-of-all trades musician and lead singer Fred Turner said he couldn't pass up the opportunity to play at this year's débutante ball.

"We've been playing at deb balls around the country for years", he said.

"We want to give people the chance to see them dance to all-rounder music for eight to 80 year-olds." 

Débutante partner Jaimie Harrison was stoked with the outcomes of the 12 weeks of training.

"The training went really fine, the trainers were great, and it was actually a really fun time. Everyone had a ball," he said.

"I didn't think I was going to be okay, but it's been a fun supportive event.

"I would probably say looking back on the first week, our dancing has been improved." 

Volunteers from Cohuna Secondary College and St Mary's Primary School put up their hand to be ushers and to cater for the event.

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