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WELCOME

Welcome to our Dance-O-Thon for 2016!

In 2014, 300 people danced for 8 hours relay-style to raise over $30,000 for ovarian cancer research.

This year we’re doing it all again - bigger venue, more dancers and another 8 hours of amazing performers to get you through the night. There will be bands, dance instructors and DJs of every style.

Grab a team or choose to dance solo, set your team or individual goal for how long you want to dance, get sponsored and have fun!

The event starts 3pm May 14th 2016 at the Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin.

Carolyn Glover

My name is Carolyn Glover and it is so exciting to be working on our second event to raise much needed funds for ovarian cancer research. It was in early 2014 that my friend Millicent came up with the idea of a dance-related event to support me, and women like me, who are having to deal with the challenge of ovarian cancer. The idea of the Dance-‘O’-Thon was born because I love to dance – though poorly I might add!

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer over four years ago. Though I am currently under treatment, I am happy to say I am well and active thanks to the excellent oncologists and medical infrastructure we have here in Melbourne.

Our last Dance-O-Thon raised $32,000+ towards the Australian Ovarian Cancer Study (AOCS). So join us in May 2016 to make the event even bigger and better than last time...

  • Come to raise more funds for ovarian cancer research
  • Come if you have ovarian cancer, or wish to support someone who does
  • Come if you wish to know more about the disease
  • Come to celebrate life!


Jane Hill

Hello fellow dancers!

All of us at Ovarian Cancer Australia are so excited to strap on our dancing shoes for the Dance-O-Thon in 2016 and we hope you are too!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in organising the Dance-O-Thon for all of the hard work, time and effort that goes into putting on such a fantastic event. We are so grateful for the support of your community.

Thank you also to everyone who will be fundraising for us at the Dance-O-Thon. These much-needed funds will go towards supporting the Australian Ovarian Cancer Study, a collaborative research program between clinicians, scientists, patients and advocacy groups aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. Together, we can save lives and ensure no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone.

See you on the dance-floor on the 14th May!

Jane Hill
CEO, Ovarian Cancer Australia

If you want to know more about ovarian cancer and the signs and symptoms please go to the OCA website

Dance-O-thon Program

3:00 - Zumba® with Steph Tabone, Fitness Infuzion
4:00 – Welcome
4:35 – Bush dance with the Billy Tea Bush Band
5:35 – Bollywood with Jhoom Bollywood
6:40 – Kujo Kings – ska band
7:30 – Line dancing led by MC, Genevieve Kingsford
7:55 – Rumba and bachata instruction, with Arthur Murray Ballroom
8:40 – Latest dance hits and old favourites with DJ, Ben Glover
9:15 – Nikki Nicholls – singer
10:00 – Bakehouse Tuesday – playing ‘80s/’90s rock favourites

REGISTERING?

Register

You can register here

Registration costs $35 for adults, $25 for students, $15 for under 16s or an $80 family ticket for two adults and two under 16s

For the first 100 adult tickets there is an early bird price of $30, so get in quickly!

Want to know what your registration fee pays for? Check out our (201) 331-4208 section.

Get sponsored

To set up a sponsorship page (567) 459-7793

Pick a team name and set yourself a fundraising goal. There will be prizes for the top team and individual fundraisers. Don’t forget to share your sponsorship page on Facebook, Twitter, via email or in person and watch the sponsorship money roll in. You can collect money either online or in cash.

Get a team

Badger your friends and grab a team of up to 8 people to tackle the challenge with. It doesn’t matter if they are dance masters or wouldn’t usually be seen dead on the dance floor. If you prefer you can choose to dance as an individual.

The idea is that at least one member of each team is dancing at all times for the full 8 hours. 8 hours is the goal but you’re welcome to set your own goal if that isn’t possible. You just won’t be eligible for the competitor prize draw at the end.

You can add team members to your team at any time by having them sign up using the team captain’s sponsorship link.

ACTS

The Kujo Kings

Known for their Ska/Punk anthems and high energy packed out shows, this 20 something band has built a strong Australian-wide following since forming in 2010. The six-piece band are dedicated to entertaining fans with their catchy and humorous tunes, with dangerous amounts of energy, dancing, costumes and gratuitous fun being a consistent feature of their shows, the Kujo Kings are an act not to be missed!

Bakehouse Tuesday

This five-piece band came together in 2003 to play music from the glory days of rock. They soon found popularity, playing around Melbourne at pubs, clubs, corporate events and weddings. You’ll love their mix of classic rock covers from the ‘60s-’90s.

Steph Tabone

Steph is a licensed Zumba® Instructor, operating classes under her business, Fitness Infuzion since April 2013. She holds her weekly Zumba® classes in Black Rock on Monday and Wednesday evenings and in Hampton on Saturday mornings. Steph has an infectious passion for Zumba® and she’s back again after a packed dance floor in 2014.

Billy Tea Bush Band

Michael Quarrell and Phil Smurthwaite have performed together for over 23 years and played at almost every occasion you could imagine – school bush dances, weddings, corporate events, festivals, pubs, parties, Australia Day celebrations – spreading their wisdom that a good ol’ bush dance is a fool-proof way for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life to break the ice, let down their hair and have a great time!

Nikki Nicholls

Nikki began her musical career at a very young age singing and dancing each week on a children’s variety TV show. She’s been a singer ever since, she was a member of the original John Farnham band touring for four years and was also able to perform with one of her idols, Stevie Wonder. Nikki has toured throughout Europe, Japan, Uk, Australia and Asia with Kylie Minogue and for many years has starred alongside Wendy Stapleton and Debra Byrne in the highly acclaimed “Girls, Girls, Girls.” Her albums include “Yume Ippai” which she wrote and recorded in Japanese and “Don’t let me be Misunderstood” an album of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Deep Purple classics. Nikki is in the process of recording her next album of original songs, this time written in English.

Jhoom-Bollywood Dance Company

Jhoom-Bollywood Dance Company continues to promote and celebrate Bollywood culture and colour through dance in Melbourne, Australia. You may have spotted some of them on TV last year at the Cricket World Cup and at White Night 2015. At Jhoom Bollywood believe Bollywood dance melts all boundaries and fuses many dance styles and cultures together - the aim is to release the Bollywood star within you! You can check out their website at www.jhoombollywood.com

The DJ, Ben

Our resident Dance-O-Thon DJ, Ben, is back again after his eight-hour marathon in 2014 ready to make sure the music never stops. Expect another great mix ranging from the old favourites to the latest club dance tracks and everything in between. You’ll also be treated to the latest African tracks straight out of the Ghanaian music scene from a recent reconnaissance trip – you won’t catch it anywhere else!

ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO, BRIGHTON

Established in 2008, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Brighton has been a stalwart in the social dancing scene in Melbourne, and offer an exciting combination of private and group lessons, ‘practice parties’ and opportunities to enter national and international competitions and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ moments. See (217) 654-7619 for more.

The instructors for the night are Umberto Presutti and Laura Kinross. Umburto Presutti has competed in Ballroom & Latin American competitions throughout Australia and overseas while Laura Kinross has worked with the English National Ballet School and the Scottish Ballet Company for many years. Both have trained many students through their medals.

BONUS EVENT

Where’s my Unicorn

A qualified Hoop Love Coach, Melanie believes laughter is the best medicine. By sharing her love of dance and play she hopes to bring plenty of hula hoop fun, face painting shenanigans and ballooning laughs to all those around her. Trained in hoop dance, face painting and balloon art Melanie brings all her characters to life

Tracey Curro, MC

Tracey Curro is a former 60 Minutes reporter, an Al Gore Climate Change Ambassador, and a Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Alumnus with over two decades’ experience in communication and media. Following a distinguished career on flagship news and public affairs programs, Tracey held the role of General Manager Communication at the Victorian Government agency, Sustainability Victoria. Tracey lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 1997. In 1998, she returned to The Royal Women’s Hospital and the medical team who had cared for her mother to co-produce the documentary, Somebody’s Mother. The film, broadcast internationally and on the Nine Network Australia in 2000, documented Sheila Lee’s campaign to raise awareness of this most lethal gynaecological cancer.

GENEVIEVE KINGSFORD, MC

Genevieve Kingsford is an actress/singer from Melbourne. She trained at the London School of Musical Theatre graduating with a high distinction in her diploma. Genevieve’s passion and enthusiasm for the performing arts has lead her from great successes in training to great professional accomplishments. Notably, in London she played Johanna in a production of Sweeney Todd that won the 2015 What’s On Stage Award for Best Off-West End Production. Most recently she was in The Australian International Opera Company’s production of La Traviata that toured China. Genevieve has been an active member of the St. Leonard’s Uniting Church – a major supporter of the Dance-O-Thons for Ovarian Cancer - since she was 13. She is very much looking forward to undertaking the MC role for this year’s event and working alongside Tracey Curro

With many more to come...

FAQ

What does the event involve?

The event involves registered teams (up to 8 dancers) dancing relay‐style for an 8‐hour duration and seeking sponsorship from friends, family and work colleagues for their efforts. 8 hours is just a goal, it’s up to you how long you want to dance. But with the amazing line-up of fun (and almost famous) bands, dance instructors and DJs you probably won’t want to stop. Even if you have to collapse once 8 hours is up. As an added incentive to keep dancing, prizes will be awarded throughout the day for all your hard work.

Where is the event?

The Dance-o-thon will be held in the Grand Hall of the Kingston City Hall, 979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin near the corner of South Road and Nepean Hwy. The Grand Hall is on the second floor.

Do I need a team to dance?

You don’t need a team to participate. You can set your own personal challenge of endurance and dance for as long as you can.

Who can dance?

We welcome dancers of any age. Children under 12 have to be accompanied by an adult.

Where does the money go?

100% of the sponsorship money and a portion of the registration fees will go to Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) for vital research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Ovarian Cancer.

How much does it cost?

There is a registration fee of $35 for adults, $25 for students, $15 for those 16 and under and $80 for a family ticket (two adults and two children). The registration fee covers the cost of running the event including venue hire and insurance but any remaining proceeds will all go to Ovarian Cancer Australia.

With your registration fee you will also receive:

  • 8 hours of music, entertainment and dance instruction
  • A ‘survival kit’ which includes sandwiches, snacks and water.

How do I collect sponsorships?

All dancers are encouraged to seek sponsorships for their efforts. 8 hours of dancing is not easy and you should be rewarded for your efforts. More importantly 100% of sponsorship money will go to Ovarian Cancer Australia towards ground-breaking research to improve the treatment and lives of women suffering from this disease.

Set up your sponsorship page here to start collecting money online. Or if you prefer you can collect cash donations and bring them on the day.

Are donations and sponsorships tax-deductible?

Yes, donations and sponsorships over $2 are tax-deductible however the registration fee is not. For all online sponsorships a receipt will be sent automatically after the transaction. All donations over $2 by cheque or cash will receive a receipt from OCA after the event

Will there be food and drinks available?

A survival kit with sandwiches, snacks and water will be provided with your registration. A kiosk will be open to purchase additional snacks and drinks throughout the event and you are welcome to bring your own food to keep you going.

There will be water on tap to fill up your drink bottles

Can I drink alcohol?

This is an alcohol-free event. We want you to remember everyone’s terrible dance moves in all their glory.

How else can I get involved or support the event?

The event organisers are largely volunteers so any help you may be able to provide us would be greatly appreciated, even if you can’t make it on the day. Please send us an email here if you wish to volunteer or have some product or service that you may be able to donate.

contact and event info

There are 90 free parking spots in the Kingston City Hall carpark accessible via the slip road on Nepean Highway. There is also parking available on side streets on either side of the highway however there may be time restrictions in these areas. Moorabbin train station is located next door to the venue.