Dances out of step

CONCERNED one of his favourite pastimes could disappear, Kiama's Bill Carey has decided to ensure rock'n'roll dancing lives on in the Illawarra.

Mr Carey and his wife, Margaret, have been keen rock'n'roll dancers since they took up the pastime a decade ago.

However, Mr Carey is concerned a lack of co-ordination between dance organisers could see it die off in the region.

"We go to as many dances as we can, but the problem is you might go three weeks with nothing on and then there's three or four held at different clubs around the area - and then you only get a small number of people at each dance," Mr Carey said.

Aided by other keen dancers, Mr Carey has formed Illawarra Rock'n'Roll, to help rock'n'roll dancing flourish in the area.

"I've tried ringing the bowling clubs and the leagues clubs and all the other clubs in the area who hold the dances to try and encourage them to better co-ordinate when they have dances but I've had no luck, so hopefully as a group, we'll be able to do something.

"If there's one dance on a night, you'll get somewhere like 100 to 130 dancers showing up.

"But if you have three or four on the one night you get 30 or so at each one and then clubs don't think it's worthwhile.

"With a bit of co-ordination we can get it sorted so it benefits everyone."

Mr Carey said the group would also publicise rock'n'roll dances around the area.

"The rock'n'roll dance scene is such a fun one, it's something that anybody who counts to six can do and it's much more relaxed than other dance types," he said.

"It becomes a lifestyle. We've made great friends and we go on trips and cruises all the time."

The Kiama Bowling Club will hold rock'n'roll dance lessons on Tuesday, January 21 from 7.30pm.

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