Lincoln Ross has got the moves.
Mr Ross is one of the performers in this year’s Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer. The annual event pairs local celebrities with dance schools to fundraise for the Cancer Council.
Mr Ross, who has down syndrome, is channeling his love of the ‘80s for his show-stopping performance, complete with wig and leather jacket. He has been training for the past three months alongside zumba instructor Tracy Hanna.
Mr Ross is no stranger to the dance floor.
“I started doing zumba with him about five or six years ago now and then he slowly started to come more and more and more and he just grew a love for it. He’s lost something like 35 kilos since starting it and he’s just grown this confidence,” Ms Hanna said.
“It’s amazing to watch how he’s transformed just through zumba. I think it’s the power of the music, he just loves music.”
There’ll be plenty of surprises when Mr Ross stages to the stage.
“He’s got his leather jacket on and he opens it, that’s his favourite. And his booty wiggle. He shakes his butt a lot, that’s his signature move,” Ms Hanna said.
“He’s got four back up dancers but he’s the star of the show and he’s got a really big finish.”
There are no nerves whatsoever about the performance, said Ms Hanna. The star thrived on the limelight, she said and the more cheering there was the more he would enjoy it.
Ms Hanna said his family had been incredibly supporting of Mr Ross’ upcoming dance.
His sister Gwenda Holmes said the whole family was very proud of Mr Ross.
“You think people with a disability can’t do things but he’s proving them wrong,” she said.
Ms Holmes said Mr Ross was dancing in the Stars of Dubbo for their mother who died when Mr Ross was 11.
The Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer will be held on Saturday May, 5. Tickets are $100 per person.
See all the stars and follow their progress here: www.everydayhero.com.au/event/starsofdubbo2018.