The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair by Everybody Now! Photography by Leeroy Todd - 6
The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair by Everybody Now! Photography by Leeroy Todd - 6

Hundreds find inspiration at inaugural Gympie dance affair

Letter to the Editor

Last Saturday night I attended the second session of the Inaugural Annual Dance Affair at the Pavilion.

The event was sponsored jointly by the State Government and the Gympie Regional Council.
I came away wishing that every Gympie family had been able to enjoy the experience. No doubt the cost ($27.50, $22.50 concession) put it beyond the reach of many.

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But for the hundred plus who attended, it was an exuberant celebration of the wide variety of dancing available in the Gympie community.

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I can’t remember them all, but there were the Moonshine Cloggers, a large group of very fit-looking Zumba women, the Long Flat Learner Dance Group, a couple of delightful ballet presentations and, finally, “One Million Rising” a group of women who sang and danced against domestic violence. If I have left out your group, I apologise.

The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair by Everybody Now! Photography by Leeroy Todd - 7
The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair by Everybody Now! Photography by Leeroy Todd - 7


The program was orchestrated, perhaps I should say choreographed, by a very professional troupe from out of town. The compère had done enough research to determine that Gympie is a spirited and resilient community. “Advanced players,” he called us .
The best part of the evening, which included a generous supper, was the audience participation in the dancing, cleverly choreographed on the spot by the various dance group leaders.

Long Flat Hall Social Dance Group. Courtesy fo Everybody Now! Photography by Leeroy Todd - 3
Long Flat Hall Social Dance Group. Courtesy fo Everybody Now! Photography by Leeroy Todd - 3

I will be surprised if there is not a significant upsurge in dancing activity around Gympie in the near future as a result of what was a truly enjoyable evening.
For myself, I was inspired to hurry out to Long Flat to dance the night away for the first time in a year.
Oh what a night it was! What a night!
Merv Welch, The Palms

Dance Captain Bec Reid. Courtesy of Everybody Now! Photography by Leeroy Todd
Dance Captain Bec Reid. Courtesy of Everybody Now! Photography by Leeroy Todd


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