Danc­ing the towns of our great re­gion

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

IN A cel­e­bra­tion of tra­di­tional danc­ing with a modern twist, dancers from as far as Stan­thorpe and Bris­bane will col­lide at Glenore Grove for the first Danc­ing the Towns of the Great South East.

It’s a night ded­i­cated to dances named af­ter towns of the Great South East where each of the fif­teen towns in­volved will have a chance to per­form their sig­na­ture dance, and other town dancers can join in and learn too.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Lock­yer Val­ley on the night’s pro­gramme will be the Post­man Ridge Two Step, the Glenore Grove Quick Step, the Grand­ch­ester Saunter and the Mar­burg Modern Waltz.

Toowoomba Chore­og­ra­pher Mr Les An­drews has cre­ated sev­eral new dance se­quences for the big night and has been teach­ing them at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, so dancers within that com­mu­nity can par­tic­i­pate in Danc­ing the Towns of the Great South East at Glenore Grove on Septem­ber 30.

The Mar­burg Modern Waltz was in­cluded on Mar­burg Dance Hall’s dance pro­gramme for the first time at the be­gin­ning of the month – and will now be­come their sig­na­ture dance.

Mr An­drews said about 95 ea­ger dancers turned up early on the evening to learn the steps of his take on the Modern Waltz be­fore the reg­u­lar dance be­gan.

“It was so much fun and ev­ery­one picked it up re­ally eas­ily,” Mr An­drews said.

“I wrote the Glenore Grove Quick Step for them be­cause Glenore Grove didn’t have a sig­na­ture dance.

“Then I got asked to create a dance for Mar­burg, be­cause they didn’t have one ei­ther. It’s great be­cause Mar­burg dances have been go­ing since 1914 and they still have a dance there ev­ery week.”

Over the years Mr An­drews has kept a cat­a­logue of ev­ery so­cial dance ever writ­ten.

“There’s about 3700 that ex­ist” he said.

“Each dance I’ve writ­ten is dif­fer­ent, for ex­am­ple, the Mar­burg Modern Waltz is still a se­ries of steps that make up a com­bi­na­tion – but I pulled out se­quence of steps from the Modern Waltz.”

The next les­son for the Mar­burg Modern Waltz is on Satur­day, April 29, at Mar­burg Dance Hall. Glenore Grove dances are held on the first Satur­day of the month at 7.30pm, and Mar­burg dances are held ev­ery Satur­day night at 7.30pm.

For Danc­ing the Town of the Great South East en­quiries phone 0423 849 002.

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

CON­TEM­PO­RARY TWIST: Dancers danc­ing the Mar­burg Modern Waltz for the first time at Mar­burg Dance Hall.

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