HAVING A BALL: Preparing for the ball are (front) Janelle Power, Mary Vidler, Brooke Hickey and Donna Jelsma; and (rear) Desire
HAVING A BALL: Preparing for the ball are (front) Janelle Power, Mary Vidler, Brooke Hickey and Donna Jelsma; and (rear) Desire

Deb ball offers chance to be a ?beautiful princess

By WILL JACKSON will.jackson@northernstar.com.au JANELLE POWER has fond memories of the debutante ball she attended as a teenager.

"I had the best fun," she said. "I really felt like a beautiful princess in my white dress."

The co-organiser of this year's ball at the Lismore Workers Club on July 14 is sure this generation of debutantes will have as much fun as she did.

Debutante balls are traditionally a chance for young girls, usually around 16 to 18 years old, to 'come out' to the community.

"It's a coming of age thing," Janelle said. "It's usually the first chance these girls have to wear a long, formal gown."

Janelle said that while the spotlight was mainly on the girls at debutante balls, it was important the boys went too ? so the girls have dance partners.

"The guys don't tend to want to wear the suits until they get them on and realise how spiffy they look," she said. "The girls always think the boys look really good in suits as well."

Janelle said this year's ball was expected to be the biggest and best ever. Dot Simpson is to teach special dance classes on Sunday mornings for two months leading up the event to properly prepare the girls and boys, and Janelle has some amazing decorative ideas for the club.

The ball is free for the debutantes, but any families wanting to attend have to pay.

Profits will go to Southern Cross LADS Inc and its planned Lismore driving school. To book tickets to the ball call Janelle at Mary Vidler's Bridal Gowns in Lismore on 6621 6724.



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