DANCE OF LIFE: Principal Shayne Player has taken on her unlikely role of cabaret dancer with good humour.
DANCE OF LIFE: Principal Shayne Player has taken on her unlikely role of cabaret dancer with good humour.

Principal dances her way through life's challenges

WHEN TLSC Tumbi Umbi Campus principal Shayne Player tells her students they need to be involved in their community, there's no room for argument.

She does what she preaches.

Shayne is presently in training for the Stars of the Central Coast Dance for Cancer, which will see her hit the stage of the Laycock St Theatre on April 7 in a role she never thought possible - cabaret dancer.

Winner of the 2012 Australian Principal of the Year Award, Shayne is not convinced she makes such a good dance student, but she's doing it with good heart and good humour.

"I'm no Liza Minnelli. I have absolutely no dance background. I do not have a bone of rhythm in my body, but ... it has to be done," Shayne laughed.

"It's a cause I really believe in. Cancer is something that touches everyone - if it's not you personally, it's someone you love.

"And if it means going out on a stage and being uncomfortable for a few minutes to raise money for that cause, so be it."

She has a couple of dance students at the campus helping her out, as well as her "very patient" professional dance coach Eliza Wilson.

Surprised to hear she now qualifies as "a senior" at over-55, Shayne said that regardless of age, it's always good to stretch outside your comfort zone, as she is undoubtedly doing here.

"I think that's important all through life," she said.

"It doesn't matter who you are, you need to keep involved in what's happening and do the very best you can at whatever you do."

"It's about making a contribution to the community too and building that sense of belonging. It's absolutely vital to your wellbeing."

As well as enjoying the fundraising aspect of the event, Shayne said she was most looking forward to being able to say she had done something she never thought she would do.

As for her biggest fear, she said she really wasn't worried about the competition or being on stage, except perhaps "getting the steps in the right order".

However, she said, as someone who sews, some of your best creations come from things which began as a mistake, so she reckons she'll just make it up as she goes ... hopefully her partner will keep up!


This is the Dance for Cancer's fourth year, and Cancer Council organiser Jayne Moloney said this year's fundraiser would hit the $500,000 mark, with all money raised staying on the Central Coast.

"It's a fabulous professional production, just like the TV show, with crosses to the Green Room for scores," she said.

"We know it can be terrifying for our participants. It's a real jump out of their comfort zone, but they are all so inspiring and it's very important to us that they have a great time too."

2017's Stars are: Hollie Fielder; Simone Evans; Sharyn Burgess; Shayne Player; Raqueal Ball; Twynette Dickinson; James Henty; Anthony Zibara; Shayne Price; Luke Proust and Samuel Lentini.

Tickets are $65 or $120 VIP. For details, to sponsor Shayne or her fellow stars, and for tickets go to: 

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