Zoe teams up with dance mentor

CHILDCARE worker trainee Zoe Morgan happily stepped in when a colleague was unable to fulfil her dance commitments in Saturday night’s Celebrity Dance for Cancer.

HAPPY STAND-IN: Zoe Morgan, left, and Cherie Gaites show their dexterity on the dancefloor and plan to put on quite a performance this Saturday night. Photo: Barry Smith 030614BSH03

HAPPY STAND-IN: Zoe Morgan, left, and Cherie Gaites show their dexterity on the dancefloor and plan to put on quite a performance this Saturday night. Photo: Barry Smith 030614BSH03

Eighteen-year-old Zoe, who works at Milestones CBD, was introduced to dance as a small child by her grandmother.

She learnt several styles including jazz, hiphop, contemporary, ballet and tap.

A major setback occurred when her partner had to withdraw from the competition. Zoe will now dance with  mentor and choreographer, Cherie Gaites.

“Cherie and I have been practising for about three weeks, and it was great,” she said. 

“We learnt the dance in one night. It’s more of a jazz-cabaret sort of thing, which is a little bit different to the others.”

The fundraising component has been a little difficult for Zoe, as she feels it’s a bit too much of an ask to seek large donations from parents of the children in her care.

“The parents pay enough in fees, so I don’t like to push them to donate too much,” she said.

“We’ve got nearly $600 so far and that has been raised through a pyjama day, a superhero day, an Easter raffle and fundraising with the Cancer Council website. It’s amazing how those gold-coin donations add up.”

The dance-off will be held at Bishop Peter Chiswell Hall at Calrossy’s William Cowper campus on Moore Creek Rd.

Tickets at $50 per person for a table of 10 are available from Tamworth Secretarial Services.

“This is a really good cause and I have had a few people close to me affected by cancer,” Zoe said.

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