Rock 'n' rollers plan busy month

THE Warrnambool Rock 'n' Roll Club has been teaching locals to dance for more than 15 years and hopes to build its membership numbers, with a range of lessons and dance events coming up.

One of the group's largest events is a dance festival to be held next month at St Pius X Hall.

The Dynamic Dance Weekend, to be held on April 12 and 13, has the theme of black and white with a splash of red and begins with a dance on Friday evening to band Selectomatics.

The fun continues on Saturday, April 13 with a workshop at the Warrnambool College Hall, Grafton Road, for beginners at 1pm and intermediate dancers from 2pm.

The group will then return to St Pius X Hall to dance the night away to The Cruisers on Saturday evening from 8pm.

Warrnambool Rock 'n' Roll Club vice-president Colin Macdonald said the group regularly hosted various workshops with renowned rock 'n' roll dance teachers .

The most recent visiting instructors were Colac-based teachers Elva and Robin Cooper, who taught Warrnambool dancers new moves and challenged them in various styles. The Coopers, who teach a range of styles including rock 'n' roll, swing and jive, hope to return to the south-west to teach again in coming months.

Mr Macdonald said having advanced teachers encouraged past members and skilled dancers to return to the group to learn new dances.

Instructors Jody and Michael Golding travel from Hamilton weekly to teach the group's beginner and intermediate classes, which are held at the Guide Hall in Manifold Street. The Goldings teach beginners to advanced rock 'n' roll, including basic swing. Beginner classes are held at 7.30pm and intermediate classes at 8.30pm, followed by social dancing at 9.30pm.

Dancers can practice on Monday nights from 8pm until 9.30pm and enjoy a cuppa and chat afterwards. Mr Macdonald said the members were a great bunch of people and the club provided a family-friendly atmosphere, enabling people to socialise, get fit and gain confidence through dancing.

"All our members benefit greatly from the experience our teachers bring to the club, with fun, easy-to-learn dance programs. Anyone can do it," Mr Macdonald said.

For bookings and enquiries about the dance festival contact Rhonda on 0417 378 754 or Maria 0448 385 680 or to join the club contact Colin on 0420 921 675

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