Facelift for classics

FANS of old-time dance will enjoy a modern spin at this year's Kiama Show Ball on Friday.

Dance teacher Bill Chalmers will call at least a three-dance set to more contemporary music.

Pride of Erin will be set to AC/DC and That's Amore; the barndance will be to Down Under and 500 Miles and the Canadian three-step to Spicks and Specks and Mamma Mia.

Mr Chalmers said the twist had been well received by other groups.

"They've had an absolute ball. It's a lot of fun," he said.

Mr Chalmers said, because the dances were progressive, it was a good way to get people off seats, dancing and meeting others.

He said the Ricky Lynch Band added the songs to its set list for the night.

The band is back again this year, bigger and better, with its energetic covers of hits from the '60s to now.

The other band on the bill will be The Bellhops - award-winning blues, jive and swing exponents.

The Bellhops' line-up is big and brassy, featuring their very own horn mafia - the Brassholes.

The main musical influence of The Bellhops is the swing and jive era of the late '40s, '50s rock'n'roll, '60s soul and R'n'B and the blues by the likes of Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Tickets are on sale now for the Kiama Show Society's ball.

The ball is widely regarded as the most glamorous night in Kiama and a celebratory launch of the Kiama Show season and Showgirl Competition.

A highlight of the night will be the presentation of the 2014 Kiama Showgirl entrants.

Tickets are $35 per person with tables for 10 or fewer, available from the Kiama Visitors Centre by calling 4232 3322.

Guests are invited to bring a basket supper. Dress is formal/lounge suit and don't forget your touch of sparkle.

The venue is the d Kiama Leisure Centre.

For details about the Show Ball or Showgirl competition, email showball@kiamashow.com.au or call the Kiama Show secretary on 4233 1597.

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