Phoenix Line Dancers founders pre­pare to go back to the Chan­nel Is­lands

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By YASEMİN GÜLPINAR

THE Phoenix Line Dancers are “re­turn­ing to the ashes” as the group’s ex­pat founders pre­pare to go back to the Chan­nel Is­lands.

Hav­ing lived in Al­san­cak for 15 years and now wait­ing to sell their İncesu home, Steve and Denise Bis­son broke news of “the end of an era” to mem­bers of the group, some of whom were said to be in tears af­ter nine years that have seen 200 of them dance at dozens of dif­fer­ent venues and events rang­ing from tra­di­tional fes­ti­vals to spe­cial oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing dance trips to Poland and Turkey.

Thank­ing all past and present mem­bers, Mr Bis­son, 74, told Cyprus To­day it had been a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to leave the TRNC, but said: “We are get­ting to the age where nei­ther of us want to be left here alone and we there­fore felt it time to get back to where three of our chil­dren will also be close to us.

“When we first came here af­ter line danc­ing for three years in the UK, it took us three months to find out about the Kıbrıs Line Dance club which we be­longed to un­til 2009 when we de­cided to form our own group. We be­came like a fam­ily and have danced at many events rang­ing from the Silk Co­coon Fes­ti­val to the İn­ter­na­tional İskele Fes­ti­val.

“We plan to con­tinue with our danc­ing, which we are pas­sion­ate about, and might re­join our club in Guernsey, where we are from.”

Steve and Denise Bis­son

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