Former Grafton resident Dane Berry and dancing partner Felicity McNaught.
Former Grafton resident Dane Berry and dancing partner Felicity McNaught.

Dane dances up a storm



Dane Berry used to use fancy footwork to dance around the hockey fields of Grafton.

Tonight, on ABC television, he will use footwork of a different type as he participates in the popular Strictly Dancing program.

Mr Berry left the Clarence Valley at the end of Year 12 after attending South Grafton Infants, Primary and High schools, to pursue his passion for ballroom dancing.

Starting at the age of 10 under the tuition of Peter Kleindienst, he showed almost immediate talent and was placed second in the South Pacific championships soon after.

His father, Grafton resident Garry Berry, said he was very proud of his son's achievements. "He has done what he wanted to do," he said.

Dane now teaches ballroom dancing in a Brisbane studio, but competes a little.

"He just teaches people to have fun," his father said.

"He said participating in Strictly Dancing was great fun and that all the other contestants were good and got on well with each other."

Dane auditioned for the show just before Christmas and the show was taped about four weeks ago.

Garry Berry said he had been told of the result, but was sworn to secrecy.

Strictly Dancing screens tonight at 8pm.



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