Five-day dance fes­ti­val

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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.

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