Dancing to the samba beats
Dancing up a storm is all in a day's work for Melbourne-born dancer Melissa Thornton (pictured, right). Over the past few years Mel has been spotted around a number of corporate boxes dancing in dress up. From khaki shorts for an on-safari theme, to a mermaid and Moulin Bleu girl for Deutsche Bank.
She's usually one of the lead dancers for the Long Lunch held in the tent opposite the stadium on the Friday of the Sevens.
However, the HKFRU knows a good thing when they see one, especially when they see her dance. So this year Melissa was snapped up by the union as one of the key 'Brazilian' dancers who roam all parts of the stadium adding to the mood.
With her up-beat personality, Mel is a true trouper and an asset anywhere she's hired. She knows the Sevens well and is one of the regulars. 'People lose their inhibitions at the Sevens. It's a wonderful cultural melting pot and I wouldn't miss it for the world - whoever I'm working for,' she said.