Swinging with the Stars

10 Years on & the Stars are shining brighter than ever!

After 10 years Swinging with the Stars, the major fundraiser of Stand Like Stone, is still gaining momentum and will deliver an impressive 10th Anniversary show at The Barn on Saturday 24th June. A splendid line-up of local “Stars” are ready to “shake their booty” for the foundation and include...


Donate to Amanda Flint

Mother of three daughters, Amanda Flint, who has mastered the hokey pokey and is keen to improve her moves as she raises funds for the Penola Coonawarra Wellbeing Fund.



Donate to Peter Zeitz

White Ribbon Ambassador Peter Zeitz, who says he is destined to be a Star and can no longer contain his inner groove!



Donate to Nicole Hocking

Keen community gal and netballer extraordinaire Nicole Hocking, who will be kicking up her heels for the Lucindale Area School Scholarship Sub Fund.


Donate to Grant Fensom

Grant Fensom, the Port MacDonnell footy larrikin who once went nude for a cause... appropriate dress standards will apply as he raises funds for the Steven Noble Memorial Sub Fund.


Donate to Beck Laurenson

To Go Sandwich & Expresso Bar maitre d' Beck Laurenson, who can whip up a winning latte and sanga, but will she whip up the dance floor?


Donate to Christian Cella

Inters Soccer Club A Grade Captain, Christian Cella who's hoping that his fast footwork on the soccer field will translate into fancy footsteps on the dance floor!


Donate to Samara Greer

Mt Gambier High School's Samara Greer who may belly dance with swords and fire as she raises funds for the Mt Gambier High School student scholarship.


Donate to Jack Kelly

And Robe Rooster's Jack "Chipper" Kelly, the A grade playing coach who’s hoping that stellar skills with a circular saw will translate to a big buzz on the dance floor, as he finishes the southern rock lobster season and waltzes through 2017


Swinging with the Stars 2017


After 10 years Swinging with the Stars, the major fundraiser of Stand Like Stone, is still gaining momentum and will deliver an impressive 10th Anniversary show at The Barn on Saturday 24th June.

The 10th Anniversary promises to be bigger than ever, with lots of surprises in store! “We’ve been locating the previous winners and I won’t reveal the secret, but the excitement is building and we’re planning an incredible night to celebrate our 10th Anniversary,” said Swinging with the Stars committee member, Sue Charlton AM.  Since its inception Swinging with the Stars has raised over $385,000 for the Limestone Coast. The event is the culmination of community generosity, with local business and individuals donating time, money and products to keep the costs low and maximise the outcomes from the event. 

Organisers are expecting a packed house at the Barn Palais on 24th June. Tickets will be available from Chapman’s Newsagency, Mount Gambier, Ph 8725 3300 from 8th May.



$100K Raised - Swinging with the Stars 2016!

Swinging with the Stars 2016 was the best yet! A packed house of over 500 people witnessed eight incredible locals and their partners break records and cover new ground at the 9th annual Swinging with the Stars held at The Barn. The line-up of local identities included Mount Gambier Rural Supplies “Work Boot Dancer” Wes Flier dancing with partner Paris Ackland, Grant High School entrant Nicole Flaherty partnered with Cody Smith, Zobel mortgage broker Simon Villani partnered with Katherine Miller, Beachport junior primary teacher Emma Webber dancing with Dylan Blacksell, Mt Gambier High School’s Steven Speck partnered with Kahlia Prelc, entrepreneur Ali Villani dancing with Jordan Brennan, Naracoorte Herald journalist Isabella Hood partnered with Tanner Neale and Penola’s legal eagle Nick Kidman dancing with Rebecca Hann.

All couples danced the Jive, the Foxtrot, a sizzling Tango and in a Swinging with the Stars first, a show-stopping Hip Hop was performed to Salt’n’Pepa’s “Push It”. Loosely based on Channel 7s “Dancing with the Stars”, the stars had 8 weeks of intensive training at HYPE Dance Studio to teach them the dance routines. Hype Dance’s Kim Cella was excited to be given the opportunity to train the stars in the inaugural “Swinging with the Stars” Hip Hop routine, which proved to be the crowd favourite of the night. “I could not be more proud of them all. With each routine they performed, the energy just kept building!” Ms Cella said. The dancers were backed by the Motor City Seven Band, comprised of students from the James Morrison Academy of Music, along with vocalists Mat Noble and Tamara Seeley.

Judges, Selina Green, Tayla Kovaleff and Ben Hood narrowed the field to four final couples, including stars Emma Webber, Simon Villani, Steven Speck and Ali Villani. In the hotly contested final Tango, all couples impressed the judges, but it was Steven Speck and Kahlia Prelc who took out the coveted title and were crowned winners of the 2016 Swinging with the Stars. “When you can’t work out which one is the professional dancer and which one is the “star”, you’ve got a pretty good thing going on,” said MC Jase Scheidl of Steven Speck and Kahlia Prelc’s final performance.

“It's been an absolute joyride and I'm totally flattered and humbled to have come away with a win with my amazing dance partner Kahlia Prelc, especially against such tight competition,” said Steven Speck on being awarded the coveted title. “I've been blown away by the atmosphere of excitement and the thrill of performing in front of such a supportive community. There's just nothing quite like it,” Mr Speck said.

People's Choice winner (awarded to the Star who raises the most funds for the Stand Like Stone Foundation) was awarded to Emma Webber, whose individual fundraising total was $19,098 on the night, the largest amount raised in the history of the event. Ms Webber’s fundraising will be attributed to the Beachport Community Sub Fund of the Stand Like Stone Foundation and all income earned from these funds will be used to support charitable projects in the Beachport area. Emma has been overwhelmed by the support of the Beachport community in her fundraising endeavours.

The combined fundraising total for all 8 stars is $78,281.99. With the income from the silent auction and ticket sales, the total raised from the event is just over $100,000. An incredible result and the largest amount raised in the history of the event! All donations received for Swinging with the Stars are added to Stand Like Stone Foundation’s trust funds and are held in trust to benefit Limestone Coast communities.

“We'd like to thank all the Stars and their dedicated dance partners for their commitment to Swinging with the Stars. The dancers looked fantastic on the dance floor and the atmosphere at The Barn was electric,” Stand Like Stone Chairman, Bill DeGaris said. “We would like to particularly thank The Barn and the community for their ongoing support of this event, it keeps going from strength to strength and we’re already looking forward to what our 10th year will bring in 2017!”


2016 Swinging with the Stars

2016 People's Choice winner Emma Webber

2016 Swinging with the Stars

2016 Winners Steven Speck and Kahlia Prelc

Ali Villani and Jordan Brennan

Emma Webber and Dylan Blacksell

Izzy Hood and Tanner Neale

Nick Kidman and Rebecca Hann

Nicole Flaherty and Cody Smith

Simon Villani and Kath Miller

Steven Speck and Kahlia Prelc

Wes Flier and Paris Ackland

2015 Swinging with the Stars

2015 Swinging with the Stars

2015 Winners Ben Hood and Kath Miller

Ben Hood and Kath Miller

Charlie Legoe and Rebecca Hann

Darcy Ryan and Ellie Wilson

David Fox and Paris Ackland

Josh Praolini and Kahlia Prelc

Karen Burrow and Callum Unger

Kate Hill and Andrew Lockwood

Lauren Holmes and Tanner Neale

Peoples Choice winner Lauren Holmes

2014 Swinging with the Stars