ITALY INSPIRES DANCERS
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.