WITH a family member battling cancer, and others lost to the disease, a Tamworth accountant is putting his dancing shoes on to raise money.
Forsyths Chartered Accountants partner James Wallace is putting his agility, and dance partner Lucinda Burt, to the test in the charity challenge Celebrity Dance for Cancer.
Mr Wallace said it was time to embrace a new career as a dancer.
“Somewhere deep inside there is a different James trying to get out, and I want to fight cancer,” he said.
On a serious note, Mr Wallace has had many family members affected by cancer, including three grandparents, three aunts, an uncle and a father-in-law and mother-in-law, and has an uncle currently battling the disease.
He aims to raise $5000 and said he’d been begging and selling chocolates to the staff to meet the target.
In terms of dance experience, there’s not a lot to draw on.
“A couple of mates took me to Kings Cross and I saw some dancing there and I’ve seen You Think You Can Dance a few times,” he said.
“Therefore, I consider myself something of an expert in various genres such as modern, ballroom, ballet, pole and Irish.”
Mr Wallace said his six-year-old daughter thought his moves were great.
He and dancer Ms Burt will hit the dance floor of the charity event on June 14 to dance the Paso Doble.
Ms Burt said Mr Wallace was showing potential and had improved since his first lesson.