Five-day dance festival
The dance festival is a very successful tourist festival held in Corowa and this year there is a different format with these new dance events:
A welcome dance with Anthony Pepers on Thursday, October 4 at the RSL Club. A combined workshop with Anthony Pepers and John and Andrea Barwick on Friday, October 5 and Sunday, October 7 at the Corowa Memorial Hall.
A fantasy dance with the Tony Gilbert Sound at the RSL Club on Monday, October 8.
The Corowa Festival of Dance has grown significantly in recent years and dancers are coming from all over Australia, including Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Adelaide and even New Zealand.
Dancers have already started arriving and will be in the local area for up to two weeks.
The Tony Gilbert sound from the Gold Coast provides the major music attraction over the five days. The Tony Gilbert Sound are sequence dancing specialists who provide a draw card attraction to dancers.
In addition, two dance workshops are held, one on Friday, October 5 and one on Sunday, October 7 and feature local dance instructors and choreographers John & Andrea Barwick from AnJ Love to Dance Corowa and Anthony Pepers from Enjoy Dance Rutherglen and Wangaratta.
Dancers will be taught two recently choreographed new dances and will receive instruction on several locally choreographed dances.
The dancers come to learn new dances and to enjoy social dancing with people from all over Australia, with fantastic music to dance to. Top that with the expert instruction and new dances to take home.
As Rutherglen hosts a similar event each March, Corowa-Rutherglen is fast becoming the dance capital of Australia.
The Corowa Festival of Dance is supported by the Federation Council, The RSL Club, Corowa IGA, the Best Western Heritage Motor Inn, the Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory, AnJ Learn to Dance, Enjoy Dance, Winemakers of Rutherglen, Byramine Homestead, Shine Clothing and Accessories in Corowa, Corowa Gift Shop, Miegels Pharmacy and Origin Clothing.
The Corowa Festival of Dance leverages local talent and skills for the Festival of Dance which is now a must attend event for dancers all across Australia and internationally.
John and Andrea Barwick are local to Corowa, as are Geoff and Elaine Mallows (committee), Dance instructor Anthony Pepers is local to Rutherglen and Wangaratta and local music specialists LRE Music of Rutherglen, Russell and Lesley Edwards provide music at the Saturday casual dance.
There are eight dance events spread across the Corowa Festival of Dance’s five-day event this year.
The Corowa dance was a big success last year, and this year is set to be just as entertaining.