by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
SSC Newspaper : August 2012
16 Strathfield Scene I t was the Facebook and RSVP of generations past – the debutante ball was once a status update that heralded maturity and availability for marriage, as proud parents formally introduced their daughters to society. While the popularity of this rite of passage has faded for most young people, thanks to social media and a swing towards high school formals, in Strathfield the debutante ball may be about to make a comeback. Just last weekend, 15 young debutantes from the St Alexander Nevsky Russian School in Homebush were thrilled to be “coming out”. The traditions from the old world have proudly prevailed in this small community, and nearly all the students in year 10 make their debut. Of course, in 2012 the debutante ball is not so much about finding a suitable husband as it is an acknowledgement of maturity and a coming of age. And it’s still a chance for mums and daughters to spend up big – and make a statement. In the foyer of Lidcombe’s Renaissance function centre, the debutantes from St Alexander Nevsky were all immaculately made up – Russian beauties with giant coifs, jewellery, new shoes and of course, the dress. Fifteen young couples excitedly primped each other, fixing ties and fluffing curls before they entered the grand ballroom which was ornately decked out with sparkling chandeliers, crystal and flowers. Inside, as each young woman's name was called, a strapping young man escorted her up the aisle before the couple took their place on the dancefloor. Ball organiser, Strathfield resident Natalie Shliapnikoff, made her own debut when she was a student the very same Russian school in 1981. Now her 15-year-old daughter Katya is being presented to society. Katya is a student at Meriden and has attended the Russian school since she was august 2012 life Belles of the Ball The debutante ball – an obsolete practice from times past or a chance for our young women to shine? By Bernadette Chua, pictured above with her mother at her own debut in 2005 Pics courtesy of AKR Photography 0415 829 679