Starting the day at 5am in Taupō, driving an hour to work with the children, juggling business and a passion until 10pm, then driving home makes for a big day.

But it wasn't enough for Laura Vaughan who after two years of hiding behind the scenes will put her best foot forward at this year's Harcourts Dancing for Hospice.

"I'm a very busy human and I feel sorry for my family and friends but they are really supportive."

Vaughan is putting her life on hold to add three two-hour practices a week into her already heavy schedule but isn't fazed