This year’s Deniliquin debutantes donned white gowns and embraced tradition at the annual balls, held on July 29 and August 5 respectively.
Twenty-seven young ladies in total made their ‘debut into society’ at the balls, which were held at the Deniliquin RSL Club’s Dunlop Room.
The young ladies and their dance partners were formally presented to a crowd of about 200 people on the opening night and 300 people on the second night.
After seven weeks of dance training, ball coordinator and dance instructor Vicki Ackers said the partners performed a Parma waltz, Lucille waltz, cha cha cha, and progressive evening three-step before finishing with a jive.
‘‘All the couples danced beautifully and I’m very proud of them,’’ she said.
‘‘It was a great family night — you could see the smiles on parents’ faces.
‘‘The debutantes and their partners all looked great, and the night was just beautiful.’’
Following the formal part of the evening, the debs and their guests also enjoyed live entertainment provided by Deniliquin band Fallout.
The proceeds from both evenings, about $5000, will be donated to Deniliquin South School, Deniliquin CWA and Deniliquin Disabled Children.
‘‘The couples on the first night were formally presented to our special guests Jenna Purtill and Megan Baker from South School,’’ Mrs Ackers said.
‘‘The second night, the couples were presented to Megan again, and Rob Fajks, who is also a teacher from Deni South.’’
This year’s debutantes had professional photos taken at Deniliquin’s Navorina Nursing Home before the event, with the couples visiting and having a chat with residents, many of whom also took part in a debutante ball many years ago.
‘‘Having our photos taken at Navorina went really well — the residents loved it,’’ Mrs Ackers said.
‘‘Some even went for a bit of a spin with the debutantes and it made their day.
‘‘From there, the debutantes rode in a Purtills limousine to the RSL Club.’’
Mrs Ackers and the debutantes would like to thank the Deniliquin RSL Club, Navorina Nursing Home, Purtills and Rhonda Doyle of Cobram Photographics for their continued support for the ball.
■ Photos supplied by Cobram Photographics.