Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

A PAS­SION­ATE group of Townsville- based Ital­ian dancers is tak­ing its moves on the road to per­form at this week­end’s Aus­tralian Ital­ian Fes­ti­val in Ing­ham.

The Ca­rina Dancers strive to keep the tra­di­tional Ital­ian dances alive.

Spokes­woman Irene Br­uschi said the group had been per­form­ing in the Townsville and Ing­ham re­gion at var­i­ous fes­ti­vals for the past decade or so.

“Our group con­sists of some with Ital­ian her­itage and some great Aussies who have a keen in­ter­est in any­thing Ital­ian,” she said. Ms Br­uschi said dance di­rec­tor Louise Burke re­searched au­then­tic mu­sic and dances from many of Italy’s 20 re­gions.

“We usu­ally per­form sev­eral ex­hi­bi­tion dances and then in­vite the au­di­ence to en­joy par­tic­i­pat­ing in mod­i­fied Ital­ian dances. Of course, ev­ery­one en­joys a taran­tella and we have a sub­stan­tial reper­toire of Neapoli­tan and Si­cil­ian taran­telle.”

The group meets twice a month on Wed­nes­days at Saint Joseph’s Mund­ing­burra to learn new dances and prac­tise. See the full fes­ti­val pro­gram and ticket in­for­ma­tion at aus­tralian­i­tal­ian­fes­ti­val. com. au.

ON THE ROAD: Ca­rina Dancers Mil­lie Gesch, Haylie Stan­hope, John Br­uschi, Glo­ria Sim and Irene Br­uschi Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

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