Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Kids Learn Fancy Footwork, Keep Social Dances Alive

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Kids Learn Fancy Footwork, Keep Social Dances Alive

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PUT on your dancing shoes, young people of Gladstone, you're needed to carry on the tradition of ballroom, latin and jive dances.

Teacher Helen Downing has been running social dancing nights in Gladstone for about 17 years and said the current age group ranges from 40 up to 80.

C[pounds sterling]Well at the moment not a lot of young people come,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]I can't offer them peers, if they do come with a crowd amongst themselves, that's better. Many years ago I did have a whole lot of young people.

C[pounds sterling]Whether they have a busy social life and work I don't know.C[yen]

The dances the group practices are understated without the flashiness of TV reality show Dancing with the Stars.

C[pounds sterling]It's not that fancy. A lot of people I come across don't want to fling their arms around or get chucked up in the air,C[yen] Ms Downing said. …

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