Ladies, it's time to get grooving!
IPSWICH entertainer Christine Edmands says it's time for ladies to rediscover their groove.
The lifelong dancer ran the Shoalhaven Shufflers, a dance group for women, in the New South Wales town of Shoalhaven for seven years.
Mrs Edmands now calls Springfield Lakes home and wants to get Ipswich ladies on stage.
But rather than letting younger girls take all the limelight, her group is about showcasing the dancing talents of mature lasses.
"I'm looking for ladies - not girls. If a mother comes along and says her daughter is interested, I would say not your daughter, but you can come along," she said.
Mrs Edmands feels as comfortable tapping her toes on stage as she is in her day job as a marriage celebrant.
She plans to get the group together for two hours of practice a week and perform once a month at nursing and retirement homes, Christmas parties and community group AGMs.
"Come along and practise with us and I won't get you up on stage until you are ready. Our costumes are not what a 16-year-old would wear!" she said.
Dancing not only provides an avenue for fitness, but memorising the intricate routines of each style keeps a person's mind ticking over.
"Because you have to learn the steps and the facing and remember to smile, it's proven to be the best thing for staying relatively active," she said.
She is looking for a handful of dancers to start rehearsing with - and they don't have to be former Broadway performers to get a gig.
"Just people who have the right attitude and are willing to get up and give it a go. It's more just about people who have time on their hands and have a bit of get up and go."
Musical theatre is her favourite performing art.
If anyone is keen to get their dancing shoes on, contact Mrs Edmands at email@example.com.
All the right moves
Christine says her dancers will soon be accomplished in a range of styles, including:
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