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Bring out the dancing shoes

Practice makes perfect: Taking to the floor for the very first dance were Lance and Dawn (foreground) and in the background are Kevin and Kathie.

IF YOU know what Melba Blues, Saunter Together, Dixie Swing, Alpine Stroll, Tangoette are then read on. If you don’t, read on. These are just a very small snippet of dances and if you would like to learn the steps or brush up your existing skills, or even just go to listen to the music and make new friends, then keep Sunday afternoons free.

Dancing Ballroom is new venture set up by Lance Jewell and a small group of volunteers.

Lance ran a dance in Ballarat for a number of years but due to circumstances he gave it away. “After that people started asking me when I was going to start up my own (regular) dance and I kept saying no, there is too much to organise, too much to do,” he said. “I had already planned to have one dance and booked a hall – just a oneoff but people kept on asking for a regular dance.” Lance finally gave in to the badgering and with encouragement from his partner, Dawn and lots of help from a few eager volunteers; the first Dancing Ballroom Cabaret Dance was held on Sunday at the Invermay Hall.

“It is social dancing, people come along have a dance, listen to the music and make new friends,” Lance said.

“People of all ages and abilities are welcome and there will always be someone to give you a hand. “Anyone who wants to learn to dance is welcome to come along and on the day if they want to get up and try to dance we will help them as much as we can, we are not teachers but they can come along and learn to dance ‘off the floor’ by watching people and having a go.”

The cost is $10 and a plate to share and proceeds will be donated to a local charity. “For their $10 they are entered into a door prize, we supply sandwiches and finger food and on a cabaret night they are asked to bring their own nibbles and drinks,” Lance added. “We will be mainly be playing CDs but I will endeavour to have live music interspersed. We already have Ian Werfel booked for October.”

There will be 10 dances held this year and the next one will be held On Sunday March 27th 1.30 – 5.30 at the Invermay Hall corner Swinglers Road and Muscatel Street.