Fab four rocking and rolling for Life trust
The billboards are up and the hype is building as sisters Monica Williams and Pamela Hall partner with brothers Alex and Campbell Chrisp for the upcoming Dancing for Life Ed event.
The brother and sister acts have started rehearsals and are having a lot of fun learning the basics of rock ‘n' roll.
Although they have never done anything like this before, interior designer Pamela said it was good to step out of her comfort zone and give it a go.
“I think we've got the rhythm and it's for a great cause,” she said.
“If nothing else it will give our families a good laugh.”
Wendy Cosgrove from the Gisborne Rock ‘n' Roll club will be putting them through their paces and getting them match fit before the big event.
“It was really fun and we had lots of laughs. We're just learning the absolute basics and started with a few turns,” Pamela says.
When event manager Kathy Sheldrake approached the sisters she asked if they had any partners in mind.
“The only guys I could think of were the Chrisp boys,” says Monica, who left her job as publican at the Jolly Stockman at the end of 2018 to pursue “other opportunites and adventures”.
“I knew they were quite good dancers just from seeing them dancing at parties.”
Monica said they were all quite nervous about it but were happy to give it a go.
“I think it will be cool.”
Stock agent Alex Chrisp is more comfortable on the rugby field than on the stage but said he was happy to put in the practice. The 28-year-old plays for Ngatapa Rugby Club and said he was going to be busy over the next few months between footy practice and dance lessons.
“We'll have a bit of work to do. I'll probably enjoy the practices more than the actual night,” he said.
Campbell also plays rugby for Ngatapa and both brothers should have no trouble lifting and spinning their partners in true rock ‘n' roll style.
The Halls and Chrisps are old family friends so they are very comfortable dancing together.
Mrs Sheldrake said she was delighted to have Pamela, Monica, Campbell and Alex as the first two couples to sign up for this fundraising evening.
“Life Education Trust would be known by all school aged children in the district.
“It is a privilege to be part of an event to raise money to allow them to continue with the work they do.
“Keep a lookout for the balance of the dance couples who will be featuring on large billboards around the city.”
This year the Life Education Trust has chosen Dancing for Life Education as its major fundraiser replacing the Fight For Life (amateur boxing) event of previous years.
Every year Life Education teaches around 5500 children from years 1 to 8 in Gisborne, East Coast and Wairoa.
■ Life Education Trust chairperson Pat Seymour said yesterday there was no indication that they should postpone a June 20 event.
“We shall be watching developments closely.”