Mark Denham and Annie Ross will do the opening show dance.
Mark Denham and Annie Ross will do the opening show dance. Craig Warhurst

Devils ready to dance off

THE long hours of dance training are just about over for this year's crop of Dancing with the Devils hopefuls, all they can do now is prepare for battle on the Pavilion's dance floor Saturday July 28.

Thirteen dancers have been under the expert tutelage of Gympie dance teacher Bronwyn Molloy.

She said the winner was still too close to call but said Kaine Ernst and Karolyn Kimmince along with Adam and Courtney Cross had been the couples to impress early.

"The competition will be tough," Molloy said.

"Everyone has picked up their game.

"I have really noticed the difference over the last seven days.

"Everyone has flicked their lights on and got in the game.

"They will all rise to the occasion."

The couples are dancing two styles on Saturday night, the salsa and Argentine tango.

Molloy said the tango was the most difficult dance but the girls had been really enjoying the challenge.

The night is the major fundraiser for the Gympie Devils rugby league side in 2012.

Normally the Devils dance off against each other but this year they have invited other sports to get involved.

The Devils will be joined by dancers from hockey, soccer, Australian rules, cricket and fellow rugby league side, the Mary Valley Stags.

Last year's winning partnership of Riley McDowall and Danny Benson won't be back to defend their title but Devils team-mates Ben Ashford and partner Kelly Backhouse, Brad English and Shelly Grady, Tim Wyvill and Jemma Clifford, Josh Greaves and Alissa Corbet along with Kaine Ernst and Karolyn Kimmince, will try to defend the crown.

The night will start with an opening show dance by Molloy students Mark Denham and Annie Ross.

Molloy said the pair would set the standard of the night.

Also on the night will be entertainment from dance group Bailalao Latino who will entertain the crowd while the votes are tallied and verified.

After the dance off, the band will swing into action to give the audience a chance to show their own dance moves.

Check out today's Gympie Times for profiles of each dance couple

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