Dancers rock up, ready to roll

Rock ’n’ roll is making a comeback in the south-west with a growing number of people putting on their dancing shoes.

Warrnambool Rock’n’Rollers have a growing membership with the next dance to be held at Mailors Flat hall in August. 

Vice-president Colin Macdonald said the club offered practise sessions on Monday nights and lessons on Fridays with dances held every six to eight weeks on Saturday nights.  “We are building the club,” he said.

“We have a lot of new members and interest coming through. We are holding regular dances at Mailors Flat and other venues.”

Lessons with Hamilton instructors Jody and Michael Golding are drawing up to 40 people every Friday, and lessons for term three will begin on July 25. “We have very good teachers,” Mr Macdonald said.

“They are great for beginners who have had no dancing experience.” The next Saturday night dance will be held on August 9 with a live band from 8pm.

Local musician John Maroniti leads the Rocking Daddys and Mr Macdonald said it was a top band.

“They put a group together to play specifically for us,” he said. “People can come along and have a dance or they can take nibbles and a few drinks and just watch.”

Mr Macdonald said the Saturday night dances were popular, with up to 150 attending from across Victoria.

Dancers even come from interstate, with a couple from Tasmania regularly attending.

“The rock’n’roll scene is Australia wide,” Mr Macdonald said.

Mr Macdonald said it was not imperative to bring a partner and singles and couples are most welcome.

To make enquiries or book for the next dance on August 9 contact Mr Macdonald on 0420 921 675.

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