Fantastic friendships and fellowships amongst dancing groups across Australia made our yearly grey nomad trip amazing.
Hosts in Darwin, Cairns, Innisfail, Silkwood and Bundaberg made it hard to leave for our next spot.
We are modern ballroom dancers but have expanded our styles to include line dancing, swing and anything thrown at us.
Banka Banka Station and Charters Towers caravan parks gave us the opportunity to dance in the dirt and while challenging, it did not compare with dancing in a sandpit at Palm Cove in Queensland.
It did not take a lot of encouragement for us to take to the sand pit but bare feet, sand and wine is not easy.
Reconnecting with the Northern Territory Ballroom Dancing Association felt like home. Audrey Grace, an 86-year-old instructor who hosts a weekly social dance, started dancing in 1949 and her love of dance is obvious.
We were thrilled to be invited to a dance at her home on an outdoor portable dance floor. Her words to us “you danced the dance” made us thankful for the lessons given by Judy and Peter Wickham eight years ago.
Mike’s Rock ‘N Roll Group taught us new moves and tested stamina with a program of non-stop dancing.
In Cairns we danced with the Bob Rossi New Vogue group, led by Darryl and Maggie Elsley. Instructor Jimmy Fapani taught us four new dances on our first practice night.
We nailed the ‘Tango with the Sheriff’ and the ‘Boot Scooting Boogie’.
Innisfail offered rock ‘n roll at the RSL Club with a fantastic duo called Wendy and Dany Duo, both musically and vocally great.
We were lucky enough to stay with, sugar cane farmers from Silkwood. Their hospitality was amazing.
We danced with the Burnett Seniors Dance Group in Bundaberg. While many of the dances were new to us, we loved the experience.
We also met the beautiful Mary Mills, a mere 98-year-old who danced with grace and style.
Reconnecting with relatives from Ceduna and Gold Coast was fantastic.
We are excited to have some WA dancers, who we met in Darwin, visit and dance with us at Tumby Bay, Mildura and Wallaroo soon.
Meeting such wonderful dance colleagues, networking, the sharing of contacts, music and dance scripts certainly makes dancing around Australia worthwhile.