Vanessa Thomas (left), Rachelle Houston and Sue McGee prepare for the dance workshops.
Vanessa Thomas (left), Rachelle Houston and Sue McGee prepare for the dance workshops. David Nielsen

Belly dance to a different beat

IPSWICH dancers can move to a different beat this weekend.

Talented dance teachers from around Queensland will arrive in Ipswich to lead four workshops in the genres of burlesque, modern gypsy, tribal-style belly dancing and hula hooping.

Rachelle Houston, principal of Ipswich's Dancing Tiger studio, said the Dance of Colours weekend she organised gave Ipswich dancers the chance to improve their skills in rare dance genres.

"We do different workshops every year, and the reason we hold them is so that people can participate in something they might not normally be able to access in town," Ms Houston said.

"They're open to everyone, and non-dancers can also enjoy the Dance of Colours concert on Saturday night, which features the teachers, a lot of my students and other Ipswich dancers."

The workshops will run from 10am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Ms Houston said the burlesque and hula hooping classes are open to everyone, regardless of dance experience.

Tickets to the workshops are available at the door of the South Street Club venue, 9 South St, Ipswich.

Workshops cost $35 each, with special multiple-workshop deals available.

The concert will be held at the Bremer State High School's Dance Hall, 133 Warwick Road, Churchill.

Tickets cost $27 for adults.

Phone Rachelle on 0410 324 986 to find out more.



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