Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rockers Are on a Roll ... Gladstone Group Goes Back to Rebel Rock A[euro][approximately]n' Roll Days

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rockers Are on a Roll ... Gladstone Group Goes Back to Rebel Rock A[euro][approximately]n' Roll Days

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Byline: JOANNE MANN @gladstoneobserver.com.au

AN active harbour city group has been reviving music from the 50s, putting a lively spin on dance for pure enjoyment.

Aptly named Just Rock Gladstone has a strong following, reminiscent of the subculture which surrounded rock and roll music in its heyday.

The club celebrated its eighth birthday on July 3 with a social dance-style party involving members of the Gladstone and Rockhampton clubs.

And celebrate they did; with a cake to cut, music and dancing, dancing and more dancing.

Club instructors Cheryl and Lynton Hannant keenly follow the club's activities, thinking nothing of regularly driving from their Mt Larcom home to Gladstone to attend social dances or teach.

The pair this week held the second session of an eight-week Rockabilly beginner's class from the Gladstone Bowls Club in Ferris Street.

Cheryl said about 30 people had expressed interest in learning the past-era dance which originated in the southern United States and was a style developed from rock and hillbilly (country music).

"There are different styles of Rockabilly but this one involves spinning," Cheryl said.

Not for the fainthearted, Cheryl admits there's lots of spinning a on the spot.

"You dance as a couple. The man is the leader and decides the moves and she (the woman) concentrates on spinning," Cheryl said.

"To start with you do get giddy," she warned.

Cheryl said the beginner classes were just that a for the absolute beginner.

And she's confident anyone can learn.

"A lot of people have done old time/new vogue dancing and a lot have never danced," Cheryl said.

"One guy called himself a[approximately]two left feet' but he dances very well now," she laughed.

Cheryl said classes introduced dancers to basic steps, foot work and simple moves. …

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