DEBUTANTES are readying themselves as preparations are finalised for the 2022 Mundulla Debutante Ball.
The event, which is in its 59th year, will be held at the Mundulla Hall on Friday, May 20, and will feature 10 couples.
Unlike the previous two years, the 2022 Mundulla Deb will have a full programme, including pre-dance food and drinks, and a full-attendance presentation and dance ceremony.
Mundulla Deb coordinator Sonja Obst, who has been organising the event for the past 10 years, said she was glad the majority of COVID-19 restrictions were gone, allowing for the full deb experience.
"It is really nice to get back to our traditional format," she said.
"I love meeting and getting to know the deb and their partners. Basically just to give them the experience, it is their night to be special.
"Really, in many ways, for girls and boys it is different to a formal. It is sometimes one of the only formal events they attend before marriage."
Deb ball dance instructor Wendy Twigden has been working with the couples on the dances they will perform at the ball, and said it was great to see them improve across a short period of time.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this lovely group and seeing them improve over the eight weeks," she said.
"It was great to see the parents come along one night and learn some dances too."
The event will begin at 7.45pm and finish at 11.30pm, with Victorian musician Louise Miller performing music for the event.
Tatiara District Council chief executive Anna Champness will receive the 2022 couples, after which there will be four presentation dances.