GIVE DANCE A CHANCE
Southern Gazette editor MICHELE NUGENT put her best foot forward to overcome nerves and give dancing a try as part of new classes that locals can join.
Picture: Martin Kennealey I THINK I’ve worked out what’s wrong with the world.
Men and women don’t dance together anymore. In fact, dancing, especially partner dancing, is no longer an ordinary social activity to be taken for granted.
Whether the thought of dancing with strangers thrills or terrifies, locals now have the chance to try it as I did, with lessons now in Melville.
Ceroc Perth, which teaches a simple dance commonly known as the modern jive, has run popular weekly lessons and social dance sessions every Tuesday and Thursday in Mt Lawley, and Wednesday at Kallaroo, for years.
Its expansion to Melville Bowling Club in Alfred Cove will be its first foray south.
And just because the lessons are at the bowling club does not mean it’s just for the older folk; teens and men and women of all ages dance each week at the various venues.
There is no need to bring a partner or have previous experience as the friendly instructors set simple moves to contemporary music that can be built up into more complex moves as you become more confident and experienced.
Local instructors Justin Ritchie and Nikky Button, and their legion of ‘taxi’ dancers, will have you spinning on the dance floor before you even realise your cholesterol has plummeted and your endorphins have multiplied.
Jive Talkin’: Ceroc Perth’s Nikky Button and Justin Ritchie show off their modern jive.