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Henry is a career firefighter at the Taupō Fire Station.
He likes to keep active playing dodge ball, soap carving and duck herding. In my spare time he enjoys watching Game of Thrones re-runs, eating chicken chips and drinking Lakeman beer.
He admits to being a little apprehensive about taking part in Dancing for Life Education in partnership with Penny Homes.
“Firstly, let me apologise to my unfortunate dance partner Lisa as I have two left feet and no sense of balance. I promise not to stand on too many toes!
Seriously though, I couldn't think of a more worthy or fantastic cause to be involved with and I am looking forward to dancing the night away..”
Lisa heads the communications and customer relations teams at Taupō District Council. She is a busy working mum of two girls, aged 8 and 11, and earlier this year she decided 2019 was going to be the year that she challenged herself by embarking on a whole new health and fitness journey.
She says “I’ve set myself a number of goals for the year and when the opportunity presented itself to take part in Dancing for Life Education in partnership with Penny Homes it was perfect timing! I’m looking forward to this challenge not only for a fitness perspective but also in terms of taking my confidence to a whole new level. There have been generations of kiwi kids that have benefitted from the Life Education Trust and if I can give just a little back to help its future, I feel it’s the least I can do. Where would we be without Harold?”
Teacher: Julian Bishop
Julian Bishop started partner dancing at age 11. A few years later he was invited to partner for the upcoming junior champs at Harbour City Rock and Roll Club in Wellington. He is also experienced in Latin and Argentine Tango and Performance. Julian has a passion for teaching others and today, runs classes in Rock and Roll and Basestep Modern Jive. Currently around five public classes per week over three nights between Turangi and Taupō. Additionally, he conducts private classes and coaches performance teams as they prepare for upcoming events. Julian has been assisted by the fantastic Holly Rabone.
Teacher: Holly Rabone
Holly started dancing when she was 5 years old doing jazz, ballet and contemporary. At university she started competing in modern jive competitions around the country. She then moved on to West Coast swing where she has competed in New Zealand and abroad. Holly moved to Taupo 2 years ago after working in Tauranga for a couple of years. She is a companion animal veterinarian with VetPlus. She has really enjoyed learning base step with Julian the past year and has been grateful for the opportunity to choreograph for and teach novice dancers.