ELEGANCE, style and sophistication were on display Friday night when St Mark's Anglican Church held the first debutante ball of the season.
Not only was it the first ball of the season but it was also the first the church had held in more than 10 years.
Reverend Rod Winterton said the night was a great success.
"All the young women and men seemed to have a wonderful time," Rev Winterton said.
"They stayed right up until it finished at midnight."
"They also learnt a lot of new dances and seemed really enthusiastic about the event during the whole process.
"It was incredible to see their marvellous transformation from school uniforms and sneakers to white ball gowns and dark suits and shiny shoes.
"I can image the large number of extended family members at the ball took a lot of joy in seeing the young people dressed so beautifully and carrying themselves off so well."
Ball committee chairperson Sharon Johnson agreed with Rev Winterton that it was a successful night.
"It was a really good night and everyone who attended seemed to be having a good time," Mrs Johnson said.
"We had 15 debs and their partners participate and there were about 280 people all up, including debs and the official party, who attended the evening."
Rev Winterton said it was an easy decision to decide to hold a ball this year.
"Deb balls seem to have had a resurgence in the community meaning numbers have been big for the Catholic and Caledonian balls so we decided it would take pressure off them if we held our own," he said.
"It turned into a wonderful occasion that we will definitely be repeating next year.
"It just seems that young people want to celebrate, even if it is what could be considered an old-fashioned way, their rite of passage."
Mrs Johnson said the committee had already booked band Triple Beat for next year's ball.
"We will be holding next year's debutante ball on Friday, April 19," she said.
"Because we hadn't had a ball for some years a lot of people didn't realise it was on but now we are back we are hoping to get more debs for next year. We already have the sister of one of this year's debs on the list."
Official duties were performed by Elizabeth Dennis who cut the debutante cake and Emma Gardner who thanked the church, committee and community for their support.
MORE DEBUTANTE BALLS:
Caledonian - Saturday, May 19.
Catholic - Friday, June 1.
Anglican - Friday, April 19, 2013.