Anna Bay actor, singer Rachel Davies pulling on dancing shoes for Stars of Newcastle

LOCAL STAR: Rachel Davies from Anna Bay is a participant in the 2020 Stars of Newcastle dancing fundraiser for Cancer Council NSW. Picture: Supplied

LOCAL STAR: Rachel Davies from Anna Bay is a participant in the 2020 Stars of Newcastle dancing fundraiser for Cancer Council NSW. Picture: Supplied

Rachel Davies has been involved with theatre ever since she was a young girl.

The born and bred Anna Bay resident started performing with the Tomaree Musical Theatre Company when she was 12 and and now aged 26 continues to appear on stage at least once a year in Newcastle musicals and shows.

But when Ms Davies was assigned the dance style of Broadway musical in this year's Stars of Newcastle charity event, she became a little nervous.

"It's appropriate but I also feel so much pressure because I feel like I am supposed to already be good at it," Ms Davies laughed.

"But I am really excited to meet with my dance teacher and hopefully put my own flair on it, bring my acting ability into it so it might feel a little more comfortable.

Rachel Davies, who has a theatre background, has been given the dance style of Broadway musical for the 2020 Stars of Newcastle.

Rachel Davies, who has a theatre background, has been given the dance style of Broadway musical for the 2020 Stars of Newcastle.

"It's terrifying. But you have to do things out of your comfort zone and for such a worthy cause I couldn't say no."

Ms Davies works as a student welfare officer at Alesco Senior College in Nelson Bay while she finishes her final year of a psychology degree.

At least once a year the singer and actor is cast in Newcastle musicals or theatre performances. Last year she performed in two shows: Disney's Beauty and the Beast with Metropolitan Players and Dog's Bite with Newcastle Theatre Company.

"I stepped back a little from performing when I was doing my HSC," Ms Davies said. "I went to HSPA [Hunter School of Performing Arts] so I was still singing and doing all that anyway. Since leaving high school, I've done at least one show a year.

"As busy as life gets, it's the one thing that makes me sane and happy and feeds my soul."

Ms Davies was approached by a family friend earlier in the year to take part in Stars of Newcastle, a gala fundraising event for Cancer Council NSW.

A number of Newcastle and Hunter identities take part in the annual event. Each participant is paired with a dance teacher and given a style of dance to learn which they perform at a gala dinner in Newcastle. The gala dinner will be held on June 13.

Money raised by each of the participants and through the gala night is donated to Cancer Council NSW, which is used to fund services such as transporting patients to treatments, over the phone support and information, the Sunsmart Program and research.

The Cancer Council also provide legal, financial planning and referral services, financial aid and counselling, referrals and connect patients to support centres, information and groups.

"I am really excited to be part of it," Ms Davies said. "I wanted to be involved because it's raising money and awareness for a really good cause.

"I don't think a lot of people know that all money raised goes to the Cancer Council. It's not one of those charities where only a certain per cent goes to the charity. All of the money we raise goes directly to the Cancer Council.

"Getting to support them through a form I am a little bit familiar with is also a bonus. And that I am able to promote the arts with what I am doing is also special."

Ms Davies has kicked off her Stars of Newcastle fundraising campaign.

She will host a Zumba dance party at Central Leagues Club in Charlestown on Saturday, May 9 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

There is a hour-and-a-half Zumba party followed by light refreshments and the chance to win prizes.

The tickets, $25 per person, can be found at 123tix.com.au.

Ms Davies is also seeking individuals and businesses to sponsor her Stars of Newcastle journey. Sponsorship packages are available. Donations of goods and services for fundraising event raffles is also being sought. Contact Ms Davies on 0432 741 569 or rachdavies93@gmail.com.

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