Line dancing enthusiasts at GemLife Bribie Island stepped out to showcase their fancy footwork to a brand-new audience.
In celebration of the group’s first anniversary, they took up an invitation to perform for residents at a local retirement home in nearby Bellara, and it could become a monthly event.
“This is the first time we have taken the show on the road,” said GemLife Bribie Island resident and self-appointed line dancing teacher Lynne Brand.
She added that each of the ten dancers who took part were decked out with GemLife t-shirts, white trousers, white hats, and red scarves to ensure they looked the part as they carried out some toe-tapping, boot-scooting moves in front of an appreciative audience.
Lynne started the line dancing group amidst the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic last year after she noticed a few social media posts from fellow residents who were looking for something to do.
“I volunteered to show residents a few line dancing routines and moves I had learned during four years of attending classes in Kilcoy,” she said.
Lynne’s invitation was quickly accepted, and it was not long before she had two groups of up to ten boot-scooting enthusiasts taking part in free classes each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the resort jetty/deck.
“I am not a real teacher, but I could show them a few steps. It was one way I could help our little community here and something everyone could do and enjoy.”
It has been twelve months since the group first formed and Lynne could not be happier with the progress everyone has made.
“The first residents to join the group are now really good at line dancing and we have also set up a beginner’s class so that we can cater for all skill levels for both men and women,” said Lynne who is responsible for the entire line dancing program from teaching the routines to putting together a selection of inspirational dance music.
“We don’t just dance to country music but rather a selection of everything from boot-scooting songs like Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday and Lady Gaga’s latest hits to waltzes. The music is very diverse and suits all tastes.”
Lynne said the group, which now holds regular classes for free in the GemLife country club on Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 10am for beginners and 10am to 11.30am for the more advanced line dancers, welcomes new members.
“I love the look of line dancing and the way it makes you feel. It is a cool thing to do, fun and great exercise. It is also something anyone can do, and I’ve made some wonderful longterm friends, including many residents here at GemLife.”