In a little less than a week, the music will start, the spotlights will shine, and Ben Douglas will strut his stuff in Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre for Dancing for a Cause 2023.
Ben, who is sponsored by Sprig + Fern Brewing Co., is well-known as one of the owners of the Sprig + Fern Tahuna tavern and we are delighted to be able to support him throughout this event, which aims to raise much-needed funds for Nelson Tasman Hospice.
We sat down with Ben to hear about his experience, and how he’s feeling ahead of the big night…
Q: What dance experience did you have prior to signing up to Dancing for a Cause?
A: I have been known to drop into some sort of movement, which usually involves a lot of arms and legs, in some pretty fine establishments over the years… but I would be reluctant to call it ‘dancing’.
Q: What’s surprised you most during the rehearsal stage?
A: There’s a lot of very technical aspects to the dance – which I have to stay tight-lipped about until the event. Let’s just say that what looks very natural on TV, most certainly is not.
Q: What are you most nervous about on the night?
A: To be honest, I’m not really nervous at all – at least not yet – just super excited, and really glad to be involved in such a well-organised event for such a great cause. But if you’re talking to Ryan Edwards, please tell him I’m nervous about losing to him… he needs the boost!
Q: What’s the first thing you’re doing once the dance is done and dusted on the big night?
A: Celebrating in the most fitting way possible – with a pint of Sprig + Fern’s finest!
Q: Would a couple pints of Tasman Reserve make Ben Douglas a better or worse dancer?
A: I think after two pints of Tassie, definitely a better dancer. After three pints… unsure.
Ben originally set a fundraising goal of $2,000, which was very quickly hit when fundraising began late last year. He’s now set a stretch goal of a whopping $25,000 – you can help Ben reach this incredible milestone for Nelson Tasman Hospice at his fundraising page.