Monique Hannemann, Marlee Mason and Charlotte Hockings at the Catholic Debutante Ball in 2010.
Monique Hannemann, Marlee Mason and Charlotte Hockings at the Catholic Debutante Ball in 2010. Deanna Millard

Debs an experience of a lifetime

PAULINE Stewart has seen the popularity of debutante balls come and go since she was debuted in Warwick at 15 years of age.

"My brother was my partner," she laughed.

"I had a fantastic time. Deb balls became quite unfashionable I think when school formals got really big, but it has started up again.

"We've been having big numbers at debs for the past 10 years now."

Ms Stewart is on the committee for the Catholic Debutante Ball, which is now calling on girls to enter this year's event on June 1.

She said there were a number of reasons why debutante balls were a great tradition.

"It's a great way for kids to learn how to dance properly and learn how to waltz, and on the night they all perform beautifully," she said.

"The girls learn how to present themselves in public nicely, which is a valuable skill.

"The whole idea of the ball, whether people are from Catholic, Church of England or Caledonian, I think they're a great night out for everyone and something most girls look forward to."

Entrants will hone their dancing skills before the ball with trainer Desley Clarson.

Any girls interested in registering for the ball can contact the St Mary's Parish Office on 4661 1033 before Friday March 23.


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