Local businessman George Miedecke is no stranger to a challenge – he enjoys the fast paced, competitive scene of motorsports and also working in the family business, Miedecke Motors. But the question remains – can he dance?
We’ll know come November 24th, when George steps foot on the dance floor at Rydges Hotel – where he is dancing with Angela Murphy as part of the all star line up in the 2017 Stars of Hastings Dance for Cancer.
We chat to George and Ange, to get to know them better.
Hi George. For those of us who don’t know you, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I consider myself a really lucky guy – very proud to work in the family business of selling cars at the Miedecke Motor Group. I’ve been General Manager of new car sales for two years now and am really enjoying taking the business in a new direction. I have a daughter, Eva, who is almost two years old and is the light of my life! Watching her grow up is an adventure all in itself. I also spent 10 years racing professionally both in Australia and the US and still keep my eye on that now!
Give us a recap on your 2017 racing season.
2017 started off with a bang for me … Literally! I was competing in the Bathurst 12 Hour in an Aston Martin GT3 car and unfortunately suffered heavy carbon monoxide poisoning, which caused me to pass out and have a pretty large crash. It was a real shame, as we had been punching well above our weight – at the time we were running 5th in a field of over 50 cars.
Apart from that, I won a race in Sydney a couple of months back – I found it took me a long time to overcome the effects of Bathurst, so I’ve been taking a bit of time off (racing, that is!)
You’ve taken up the challenge to swap racing boots for dance shoes – how are rehearsals going so far?
I can’t say enough about my dancing partner, Ange Murphy. Her patience and skill is pretty amazing, and I’ve been lucky in that we work together really well. We’ve become good friends too, which is a nice bonus! There’s still a lot of “polish” to go, but we’ve been working hard – and I think we’ll go OK on the night.
What makes you passionate about this particular fundraiser for the Cancer Council?
Well, it was actually Louise at FOCUS who convinced/cajoled/twisted my arm into doing it, but the more I thought about it, the more I identified with it.
We lost my step-mum to cancer a few years back and the more I learned about the role that the Cancer Council plays, the more obligated I felt to help. Plus, it gets me out of my comfort zone, which is always something I try to challenge myself with!
You’ve organised some great fundraisers – how much are you hoping to raise, and who has helped you out so far?
You’re right; we’ve had some great support so far. Our recent fundraiser, raffling off a Ford Mustang for the weekend, was incredibly successful, and other than that we are just gearing up for the next one, our dinner on the 24th at Bill’s Fishhouse.
I am hoping to raise around $10,000, but honestly, the generous support I’ve had so far has been amazing. Anything is a win!
Angela Murphy – Port Macquarie Performing Arts
Ange, when did you begin dancing?
I started dancing at the age of four at Francessca Louise Academy of Dance in Wauchope. I was hooked straight away; I spent more time at the studio than at home!
Who have been some of your greatest mentors/teachers?
At 15 I went full-time for a year in Newcastle with Tessa Maunder, and the following year I spent at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney. My teachers were fabulous; I received excellent training at both schools. Francessca O’Donnell was my teacher for 11 years; she was and is an incredible mentor. She taught me so much more than how to pirouette. She is my second mum!
Do you have any dance careers highlights to share?
Living and working in Germany as a ballerina in my early 20s was a dream come true. My favourite performance would have to be Coppelia with the Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf. My career was cut short due to an injury that still plagues me today. I was absolutely crushed when I decided to stop due to pain.
You are a local dance teacher – where do you work, and what styles do you teach?
I teach six days a week at Port Macquarie Performing Arts. I enjoy teaching a range of styles, including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Lyrical … Actually, I teach almost anything! I have been fortunate to work alongside Stacey and the rest of the amazing team at PMPA for four years!
You are helping George Miedecke learn to dance – can you tell us what style you are doing and how the routine is shaping up?
George and I are performing a Cabaret Jazz. He is a little bit of a perfectionist, which is fine by me; I guess we have that in common! We’ve had a few obstacles, as he is the tallest man in Port Macquarie. Some of the lifts in the routine may end in my head going through the roof at Rydges! George has great rhythm and is very enthusiastic! I think we make a great team!
What are you looking forward to most about this performance?
I am looking forward to the after party! I think I’ll be very nervous on the night! I can’t wait to see if George can pull off the difficult routine I’ve given him! Seriously though, I’m honoured to be a part of this wonderful charity event. The Cancer Council gives so much support to people in need. I am so thrilled to be involved!
Support George and our other stars’ fundraising by visiting: everydayhero.com.au/event/starsofthehastings2017
Tickets are almost sold out! Just 30 left. Visit 123tix.com.au to book.
Where 24th November 2017.
Where Rydges Hotel.
Doors open 6:15.