BY BILL PHILLIPS
The last time Diana Duchscherer danced was at her wedding.
So, tripping the light fantastic at this year’s Boogie With the Stars will be new territory.
She and her coach, Steven Foster, have been training at least once a week since September, so the steps are falling into place and the team will be ready for the big event New Year’s Eve at the Civic Centre.
“I’m more confident now than I was,” says Diana during a break in training this week.
Both Foster, and his wife are both accomplished dancers, so Diana is in good hands.
“When I went to university and starting dating my wife … she did dance there … she invited me to come and dance,” says Steven. “We’ve been dancing ever since.”
In fact, his wife was also asked to be a coach at Boogie With the Stars, but they needed a lead so Steven got the call.
“It took us a bit to get the basics down,” says Steven. “About mid-November we started putting an entire routine together. Now we’re fine-tuning things, getting more polished.”
The two will be performing a fusion of West Coast Swing and Cha Cha.
“It’s been a lot of repetition on certain moves to make sure our footwork is correct,” says Steven.
Diana and Steven are sponsored by Dunkley Lumber and will be raising money for Prince George Hospice.
“We’ve raised about $9,000,” says Diana. “When Donna Flood (Hospice executive direction) asked me to participate in this fun charity challenge, my first thought was: I can’t dance, but I can sure fundraise.”
Boogie With the Stars is charity fundraiser with the majority of the funds going to Prince George Hospice.
If you’re still wondering how to ring in the New Year, why not take in some top notch dancing at the Civic Centre at Boogie With the Stars. Plus, you will be helping some local charities at the same time.
Tickets are $100 per person and are available at the Gallery Bridal and Events – 1677 Seventh Avenue; Prince George Hospice – 1506 Ferry Avenue; the YMCA – 2020 Massey Drive; or from Paz Milburn and Peter Weedon.