Maroochy Quays

Centre stage – For the love of dance

Centre stage - For the love of dance

Joy and Emanuel Conti may be fresh faces at GemLife Maroochy Quays, but they are no strangers to living their best lives.

Not too long ago, this talented couple were sailing across international waters and teaching dance on cruise ships, taking them to all parts of the globe. “We had the best of both worlds – dancing and travelling.”

Their love story is something out of a romance novel. “We met in 1967 and we hit it off immediately. Emanuel was my boss at that time. Back then, we couldn’t date so we hid our relationship from everyone in the office,” Joy disclosed.

Centre stage - For the love of dance 2Now in their 70s, it’s hard to believe that this dynamic duo only embarked on their dancing journey when they turned 50. Having been a financial controller for most of his life, Emanuel was ready to give up accounting to rock and roll. While dancing was flourishing as a hobby for the pair, their talents were accidentally discovered while they were guests on a cruise. One thing led to another and soon enough they became professional social dancers for future cruises over the next 15 years. “We have had the opportunity to teach so many people who have come to us over the years on the cruises. It doesn’t matter what age they are. Once they’re dancing, they’re happy as can be.”

They do however have one rule for their classes – they don’t take singles. “You have to come with a partner. Dancing helps bring couples together and so many people have said to us that we have saved their marriages.”

Coincidentally, the couple heard of GemLife when our Bribie Island resort contacted them to teach dance to its residents. While that didn’t work out due to the pandemic, Joy and Emanuel visited GemLife Maroochy Quays on its open day and instantly knew this was where they wanted to be, and they are excited to have finally moved into the resort. “The house is just beautiful, and the people are lovely. We’re looking forward to this next chapter in our lives.”

With the opening of the new clubhouse, the pair are hoping to put on their dancing shoes and encourage their fellow residents to strut their stuff. “Age doesn’t matter when it comes to dancing. If you can walk, you can dance.”