Dancers are descending on Corowa for this week’s renowned Festival of Dance, which has this year grown to include an extra day and new events.
Over five days, starting September 28, eight dance events will be held with dancers coming from all over Australia, including Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, and for the first time ever dancers will come from New Zealand.
Festival of Dance President Geoff Mallows told the Free Press he was excited to welcome dancers back to Corowa for the event.
“Dancers have already started arriving and will be in the local area for up to two weeks,” he said.
“It is a fantastic event for dancers and a fantastic event for Corowa.
“The event brings a major boost to the economy in Corowa, the influx of dancers and onlookers bringing in plenty for our town.
“This year it has grown to a five-day festival and we have added three new dance events.”
The new events include a welcome dance with Anthony Pepers on September 28 at the RSL Club, a workshop with Anthony Pepers on September 29 at the Corowa Memorial Hall, and a Fantasy Dance with the Tony Gilbert Sound at the RSL Club on Monday, October 2.
Some events have sold out, so be sure to visit www.corowafestivalofdance.com.au for bookings or contact the Corowa Visitors Information Centre on (02) 6033 3221.
A variety of dance styles will be represented in the festival, each with their own unique program.
The Tony Gilbert Sound from the Gold Coast provides the major music attraction over the five days. The Tony Gilbert Sound are sequence dancing specialists who provide a drawcard attraction for dancers.
In addition, dance workshops are held and feature local dance instructors and choreographers John and Andrea Barwick.
This year introduces a new workshop with Anthony Pepers from Intencity Dance Academy, Wangaratta.
Dancers will be taught two recently choreographed new sequence dances and will receive instruction on several locally choreographed dances.
Mr Mallows said the dancers come to learn new dances and to enjoy social dancing with people from all over Australia.
“It’s fantastic music to dance to and they get expert instruction and new dances to take home,” he said.
As Rutherglen hosts a similar event each March, Corowa-Rutherglen is fast becoming the dance capital of Australia.
The dancing program will begin with a welcome dance with Anthony Pepers on September 28 at the RSL Club from 7pm.