LINE dancers from across the region have descended on Bendigo to scoot their boots with one of the country’s line dancing gurus.
About 50 dancers hit the polished boards at the Kangaroo Flat Primary School hall last night to the strains of toe-tapping country music, under the smiling eyes of Gordon Elliott from Sydney.
One Bendigo line-dancer, Nancy Rashleigh, has been dancing since 1994 and was excited about Mr Elliott’s visit. “He’s very special,” she said. “He’s the line dancing guru of Australia.”
Mr Elliott has been visiting Bendigo to hold line dancing workshops for 19 years.
“Bendigo’s lovely. You have a really good art gallery, because I’m into art as well,’’ he said.
“It’s like my annual pilgrimage to Bendigo Art Gallery to see what they’re showing at the moment, and it’s always really good.”
Mr Elliott said it was great to work with Bendigo line dance teacher Joanie Lobb, who recently started teaching at the Black Horse Line Dancing Club.
“I have been working with her for a number of years with another group and we have a good rapport, it’s really good.”
Why line dancing?
“Its great exercise for a start,” Mr Elliott said.
“When you can dance for six or seven hours in a day and not repeat a single dance, that’s pretty good.
“Also, it becomes another family. You’ve got your own family and then you’ve got your line dance family.
“A lot of the dancers we have are older ladies, and a lot of them either don’t have partners or their partner doesn’t dance. They’ve all got life history, experiences and basically if anyone goes through anything there’s someone to talk to.
“So it’s a whole social atmosphere for everyone as well."
Mr Elliott has been line dancing for 25 years, and works all around Australia and New Zealand.
He is holding morning and afternoon workshops today and a social night tonight.