Get in the rhythm at annual dance

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Dance to the music .. Geraldine Rock'N'Roll Group's annual dance will feature classic pop songs from acts such as The Beatles (pictured), covered by Christchurch band Anthony and Peter. PHOTO: ODT FILES

Rock’n’roll dancers are getting ready to twist and shout.

The Geraldine Rock’N’Roll Group will host its annual dance at the Woodbury Hall on Saturday, an event that often attracts people from around the South Island.

Among those looking forward to the event is group secretary Lynda Leary.

“We have dancers come from far and wide – Kaiapoi, Christchurch, Ashburton, Cromwell, Dunedin and Timaru,” she said of those who have attended in the past.

This year’s theme is “Rocking Rhythm – Let’s Rock”, and everyone is encouraged to wear pink for the occasion.

The Geraldine Rock’N’Roll Group, which was formed about 28 years ago, has about 24 members. In the past the dance has attracted up to 120 people.

“It’s an invitation to people who are interested and like to dance,” Mrs Leary said.

“I encourage people to come along, even if they just like the music.”

Music will feature popular tunes from the 1950s to the 1970s, along with more modern songs, thanks to Christchurch band Anthony and Peter.

“It’s of that era of The Beatles and Bee Gees, [and] Chuck Berry – those ones all through those years. It’s all just good music.”

Mrs Leary said there was plenty to enjoy about rock’n’roll dancing.

“It’s fun, fitness and friendliness – it’s great.”

The group hosts club nights at the RSA rooms from 7.30-9.30pm every Thursday. Lessons are also available.

Saturday’s dance will be at the Woodbury Hall from 8pm.