Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

DANC­ING IN th­ese days of retro re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion, an old-fash­ioned dance party for part­ner danc­ing will be held in Vic­to­ria Park on Satur­day from 8pm.

Held by the Vic Park Col­lec­tive, the free event was in­spired by Finnish jour­nal­ist and founder of Restau­rant Day Timo San­tala, who stayed in the Town dur­ing FORM’s Public pro­gram.

Col­lec­tive mem­ber Nora Bea­han said San­tala pro­moted old­fash­ioned dance par­ties in Helsinki, and told Col­lec­tive mem­bers of the joy Finnish peo­ple had be­ing able to dance to­gether again.

“He joked that some­times he felt like the big­gest pimp in Helsinki, re­fer­ring to sev­eral cou­ples that met at his par­ties,” Nora said.

The event will be held at the Vic­to­ria Park and Carlisle Bowl­ing Club, which Nora said was a per­fect site due to its tim­ber dance floor, bar and cen­tral loca- tion. “If you think that danc­ing with a part­ner, cheek to cheek and hand in hand, is old school, you are so right. Nowa­days the norm at night­clubs ev­ery­where is to dance alone or in groups, but who doesn’t miss the charm of a good old-fash­ioned dance,” she said.

“We’ll pro­vide the dance floor and mu­sic, you bring your danc­ing shoes and friends”.

The bowls club is at 18 Kent Street and has am­ple park­ing.

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