Central Leader : November 5th 2010
9 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 NEWS Elegant ball takes noble step forward Dance the night away: Dance partners Ellie Vander Swan and Ashan Samarasinghe will perform at Australasia's first Viennese ball. By MICHELLE COOKE Auckland is hosting the first Viennese ball in Australasia -- and it's all for a worthy cause. Viennese balls are known for their sophisti- cation. Ladies wear glamorous gowns, men are in black ties. It's being marketed as a socially elite occasion'' -- with a soft spot. All profits from the Grand Auckland Ball on November 27 are going to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foun- dation. Dance partners Ashan Samarasinghe and Ellie Vander Swan, from Mission Bay, are excited to be part of the event. We want to be part of it because it's been going since the 1700s and it's to do with dancing and we have such a passion for dancing,'' Mr Samarasinghe says. The pair has been dancing together for just over six months but have already won awards. They will be perform- ing on the night. People keen to attend are encouraged to take dancing lessons. Fifty couples will set the tone for the event as they dance, in alignment with each other, at the opening ceremony. This is one of the traditions that is fol- lowed in order to make it an official Viennese ball. The Viennese ball was initiated as a tradition in 1773 under the patron- age of Emperor Franz Joseph II in Vienna, Austria. It has since spread to more than 42 countries, with most holding the ball as an annual event. Dances on the night include the waltz, polka dances, and the quadrille which has been described by organisers as line dancing but more hectic and fun''. The Auckland Philhar- monia Orchestra and other groups will play throughout the night. Food and drinks will be provided. Visit www.grand aucklandball.co.nz for information or call 0800 BUY TICKETS. Centre to move A move is in store for Auckland central Plun- ket's Landscape Rd fam- ily centre The Mt Eden centre offers intensive support for children's health issues such as nutrition, sleeping and behavioural needs. It will be moving to a new location on the corner of Watson Ave and Sandringham Rd in St Lukes next year. The shift is occurring for two reasons Auckland central branch president Andrea Jacobson says. The first is we wanted to be in a more central location that is easy for new mothers to find. The second is that the site at Landscape Rd was too big for us. It's more than 1350 square metres which is a lot of garden mainten- ance,'' she says. St Lukes mall is a popular destination for many new mothers and we are delighted to be just around the corner from it. It is also a great opportunity for us to completely revamp the family centre which has not changed significantly since it opened 30 years ago.'' The existing centre at 159 Landscape Rd is being put on the market for auction on November 24.Renovations are about to begin at the new St Lukes centre which will be officially opened for service by June next year. All staffing and open- ing hours at the centre are expected to remain the same at the new venue. The centre is planning a seamless transfer to the new premises so will remain at Landscape Rd until the Sandringham Rd property is ready. Opening hours by appointment are 8.30am to 4.30pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm on Sat- urdays.
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