Dance showcased

IPSWICHIANS were wiggling and jiggling on the weekend as dozens of locals got their groove on at Dancing Tiger's annual workshop and concert weekend, the Dance of Colours.

This was the fourth time the event had hit Ipswich after previously being showcased in New South Wales for two years.

And despite competing with the Ipswich Cup, the spectacle was a great success attracting a record crowd.

The theme of this year's collaboration revolved around mythology and legends.

“It was a special night of dazzling colours, wonderful music and great dancing,” organiser and Dancing Tiger founder Idell Wadley said.

“It was such a wonderful day and everyone had positive comments after.”

Ms Wadley gained her dancing experience from the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean culture she saw first hand while growing up in Sydney's western suburbs.

On Saturday Ms Wadley and 18 acts performed mythical interpretations of ancient folklore such as Eve's fall from grace and Pandora's Box.

Ms Wadley said the gothic belly dancing and indigenous fusion performances were the crowd favourites.

“It was truly breathtaking,” she said.

Many of the events participants had never belly danced before last Saturday night.

The belly dancers showcased and taught techniques and styles from their origins, such as Greece, Israel, India and Lebanon.

Local Ipswich belly dancing schools also showed off their array of talent at the show.

“It was great because the public gained different perspectives of belly dancing from the artists and they got the opportunity to not only to learn traditional and modern forms of belly dancing,” Ms Wadley said.



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