Jackie and Errol Best and the Sixty and Better Social Dance Group celebrating the organisation’s fifth anniversary with Fraser Coast councillor Robert Garland.
Jackie and Errol Best and the Sixty and Better Social Dance Group celebrating the organisation’s fifth anniversary with Fraser Coast councillor Robert Garland. Valerie Horton

Sixty and Better Social Dance Group celebrate fifth birthday

DANCING is fun, exciting, graceful and spirited and the dancers in the Sixty and Better Social Dance Group do it every week.

The group formed five years ago to promote the healthy aspects of old time and sequence dancing to the more mature population.

Now the emphasis is more on sequence dancing with some of the older dances phasing out but Errol Best said that doesn't stop anyone as there are often up to 40 dancers gracing the floor every week.

"Although we don't have formal dance classes, we have a practice run of a dance before the main dance program," Errol said.

"Everyone has an enjoyable time with most dancers singing along with the music.

"We're a very friendly group and we would love to have you come and spend an afternoon with us.

"There's a special dance on the third Saturday night of the month and the hall is decorated with coloured lights and a disco ball to create a relaxed atmosphere."

The group recently celebrated its fifth year of dancing and shared the occasion with the Burnett Senior Citizens dancers.

The room was packed with up to 70 dancers having a great old time.

Special guest deputy mayor Robert Garland helped to cut the anniversary cake, donated by Brett Leishman from Pialba Super IGA.

Brett is well known as a staunch community supporter and the group thanks him for his kind donation.

As regular MC for the dances Errol has spent some time acquiring and arranging the music for the dances.

"The popularity of sequence dancing is due to the great variety of dances combined with lyrical well-known tunes and is ideal for the beginner to the more experienced dancer," he said.

"Sequence dancing means that all dancers follow a set routine of steps or figures until the music finishes. The collection of dances we do here offers over 70 of the most popular dance tunes."

Social dancing is all about getting out, meeting people and having fun while at the same time indulging in gentle physical and mental exercise.

Learning to dance is not hard and Errol has heard all the excuses why people say they can't do it.

"Many times I've heard the comment 'I would love to be able to dance but I've got two left feet' and I tell them if you can walk, you can dance," Errol said.

The hardest thing in learning to dance is walking through the door.

All you need for social dancing is a will to have a go and the ability to laugh, wear comfortable clothing and well-fitting shoes.

So get out your dancing shoes and hit the dance floor at Dan Dinna House every Wednesday from 1-4pm.