BELLYDANCER Tina Marshall has been putting Matthew Pace through his, well, paces as they prepare for Tamworth’s Celebrity Dance for Cancer.
Mr Pace is hitting the dancefloor for the first time, not counting nights out, to dance the paso doble – a first for him and his dance partner.
Mr Pace has no previous dancing experience and has been practising in steel-capped boots.
Ms Marshall said he had not yet stepped on her feet. He described his dance style as “disorganised, unco-ordinated and improving”.
The Startrack Tamworth branch manager moved to Tamworth in March 2013 and said he wanted to get involved in the community.
“Cancer is something we all know and recognise,” Mr Pace said.
“My grandmother passed away from cancer four years ago.
“Startrack supports the Cancer Council with Daffodil Day, so this is my chance to make my personal contribution.
“The least I can do is make a fool out of myself to help with much-needed support for a great cause. Plus, it should be good fun.”
Ms Marshall said she was a bellydancer with little ballroom experience.
“I love the theatrical side of the paso doble,” she said.
“That side of it is fun to learn and brings out some different personalities.”
Mr Pace said he had reached his fundraising target of $4000 through an online auction run by his wife, a donation from Startrack and “passing the tin around”.
The couple will hit the dancefloor on June 14 for the Tamworth Celebrity Dance for Cancer.