Locals look, listen, learn and get in the groove

FOR the first time, Tamworth couples were treated to a weekend of dancing and fashions from the 1940s and 1950s, thanks to a Gold Coast couple.

Ray and Chrissy Keepence are dance teachers from the Gold Coast who specialise in Lindy Hop dances and came to Tamworth for a weekend of dance fun.

Participant and organiser Shelley Minson said the Tamworth visit came about after she attended one of Chrissy’s Lindy Charm School sessions a few years ago.

“I really enjoyed it and stayed in touch and we talked about her coming to Tamworth,” she said.

“We thought it would be good to make it into a weekend with lessons, a dance on Saturday night and a style school learning how to do hair and makeup from the 1940s and 1950s era.”

About seven couples participated in the dance classes and 40-50 people went to the dance on Saturday night, then seven women from early teens to late 50s attended the style school on Sunday.

“It was mainly the local dance people who supported it,” Mrs Minson said.

She said Mr and Mrs Keepence were keen to return to Tamworth, possibly later this year, and run another weekend.

“So many of the dancers were saying they loved it,” Mrs Minson said.

“It would be great if a few more people came out next time, and we had great support from the Locomotive Hotel, which many of the dancers said has the best dance floor in town.”

Mrs Minson said the weekend, as well as having great dancing, had a good atmosphere about it, with everyone friendly and having a good time.

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