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FEATURE

Bella Vista Zipsuit $XX

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| BNE December 2014/January 2015

DANCE

– IS THE NEW OOL –

The dance hall is back and

Brisbane gets its groove on

as a new legion of fans takes

up social dancing ... but it’s

not all behind closed doors,

as

Elisabeth Galvin

discovers.

Some are even taking their

passion to the streets

Y

our parents, or grandparents, probably went dancing on a Saturday

night – but chances are it was quite a different style of dancing to

what you see in most clubs now. However, that is changing as a

more social style of dancing enjoys a revival. Salsa, tango and swing are just

a few which have found a new popularity and their fans have found a new

way to have fun on a night out.

The new dance trend is less shuffle and gyrate and more skilled steps

with a rhythmic flow and while you need a partner it’s more likely to be

someone you met on the dance floor than anyone you already know – at

first anyway.

A sign that such traditional styles of dancing have become cool again

is clear when one of Brisbane’s smartest venues, Cloudland, which takes

its name from the city’s original dance hall (1940-1982), opens up its vast

ground floor for Soul’sa every Thursday night.

“We regularly have 80 to 90 people coming to the free Latino class

where we teach salsa, merengue and bachata and up to about 600 who

come for the social dancing afterwards,” says Gus Cereijo, from Uruguay,

who accompanies the dancers with his band, Chukale. “We’ve been doing

it for almost four years now. People are going crazy for live Latino music.”

Cloudland’s J stine Clementi confirms its success. “Soul’sa has been a

great addition to our weekly entertainment lineup,” she says.