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Garth works as a client partner for an accounting firm in Taupō. He originally trained in the forest industry and so has a love for the outdoors including mountain biking, hunting, diving and more.
Garth and his wife Tracey - who is also taking part in the event as a dancer - have 6 kids between them so their lives are very busy as the kids come and go during varsity holidays. Garth says “They are all fantastic young people so we hugely enjoy the time we spend doing things with them when they are home.”
Garth is a serial offender when it comes to local events having been involved in Fight for Life and other events. So what is it that makes him keep putting his hand up?
“Family and community are very important to me. This event is really about giving back and raising money for a great cause that has been a big part of our community for a long time. While I will almost certainly weigh in heavier than Henry Reihana I’d like to think that I won’t crush as many toes as he will!”
29 year old Renee Farmer is a master hairstylist at Crème Brulee and Mancraft Barbers.
Moving to Taupō has given Renee more time to spend with family and friends. In her down time she loves reading, colouring and listening to music.
Renee says “Getting out of my comfort zone was one of my goals this year. Also to try something I’ve never done. Being part of the community and making the most of the opportunities that I’m lucky enough to get working at Crème Brulee for personal and team growth.
“I’ve signed up to Dancing for Life Education in partnership with Penny Homes in hope to meet new people and to be part of the community. I want to gain personal confidence and hopefully not break any limbs!”
Teachers: Robin & Faye Morre
Faye and Robin Moore live in Kinloch and moved to the Taupō area four years ago to be closer to family. They teach Rock’n’Roll and have been dancing 50’s/60’s dance for over 30 years.
They didn't start R’n’R dancing until they were in their 40’s when this type of dance was very strong throughout NZ.
They have attended the NZ National Championships held at Labour weekend for the past 30 years as competitive dancers. When held in Christchurch they also organised the event with Robin taking the MC role for a number of events too! They have been dance instructors for much of the time they have been involved.
Faye and Robin say “Both our children were involved with dance when they were young and still dance today, now in their 40’s. Our son runs his own dance studio in Wellington with his dance partner.”
They are both looking forward to Dancing for Life Education in partnership with Penny Homes and are enjoying teaching their two couples - “Lots of laughs and fun already.”