Sally Gordon, Abbie Cook, Anthony Hewson, Hazel Adcock, Grant Rosewarne, Sarah Board, Al Columbus, Oliver Black, Lizl Matthewson, Joel Scott, Selina Krammer, Nick Smith, Brooke Silke-Atkins, and Hamish Fletcher are looking forward to strutting their stuff at Dancing for a Cause next May. Photo: Supplied.

Dancers return for cause


After being stymied by Covid-19, Dancing for a Cause is strutting its stuff once more – all in an effort to raise money for Nelson Tasman Hospice.

The popular event will take place on May 1 next year, and will have a new MC – Clinton Randell from the Edge, who was also a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

“Their aim is to put on a spectacular show every two years and most importantly, to raise needed funds for amazing local charities and organisations,” says organiser Emma Silke-French.

The event was just eight weeks out when Covid-19 halted plans for the event.

“We were all but ready to put it on. Everyone was all excited and now it’s just about trying to build that excitement back up.”

Emma says almost all the people who bought tables have kept them along with sponsors who have stuck with the event.

“Rather than looking at the negative side we are looking at it like having an extra year to organise it all.”

It also features a new contestant in the form of Nelson Magazine editor Sarah Board, who will join eight other local personalities partnered each with a trained ballroom dancer.

They will perform a ballroom dance in front of a panel of judges in order to be declared the Nelson Dancing for a Cause winner.

Dancing for a Cause held its first event in May 2018 to a sold-out crowd at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre, raising $111,000 for Nelson Tasman Hospice.

Tables have all sold out but there are still tickets available which can be purchased from Eventfinda.