NIGHT OF NIGHTS: Amy Power and Rachel Bennett try on debutante gowns with the help of Amy?s mother, Janelle.
NIGHT OF NIGHTS: Amy Power and Rachel Bennett try on debutante gowns with the help of Amy?s mother, Janelle.

Girls put best feet forward as they make their grand debut

By RENEE REDMOND

PUT your best foot forward, don't trip up and just try to look natural.

Janelle Power passed these words on to her daughter, Amy, and niece Rachel Bennett when they dropped into her Lismore shop, Mary Vidler Bridal Gowns, for their final debutante dress fitting.

Alstonville High School student Amy, 15, said she decided to make her debut this year with her 16-yearold cousin, Rachel, who works in Ballina as a hairdresser.

The two cousins said while the dress was the most important part of making their debut, hair, nails and learning to dance were all very much part of the process.

This year, 31 young women will make their debut at the Blue and White Debutante Ball, being held at the Lismore Workers Club on May 7.

In the meantime, the girls will spend their Sunday mornings at dance lessons with their partners.

"The guys are pretty funny. They take huge steps and you have to try and keep up with them," Amy said.

Janelle said she had always hoped her daughter would continue the tradition of making her debut.

"It's a handed down tradition. I made my debut some 34 years ago and I had always hoped my daughter would do hers too," she said.

Janelle said that on the night the girls would be presented on stage to the audience before taking to the dance floor with their partners for a traditional dance.

"We have a supper and then there's more dancing," she said.

The event, organised by former bridal shop owner Mary Vidler, raises funds for the Palliative Care Unit at St Vincent's Hospital in Lismore.

Tickets can be purchased from April 25 at the Lismore Workers Club.

Janelle said another debutant ball would be held in June.



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