FOLK DANCING: The Noosa Folk Dancers celebrating their Silver Anniversary.
FOLK DANCING: The Noosa Folk Dancers celebrating their Silver Anniversary. Noosa Folk Dancers

Cultural journey with Noosa Folk Dancers

EXPLORING the culture of a variety of countries through dance keeps the vibrant Noosa Folk Dancers group physically and mentally healthy.

Spokesperson Helen Thomasson said they have learnt Macadeonia, Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian, Armenian, Israeli, old English, old American, Swedish, Canadian and Maori dances.

"From all over the world really," Mrs Thomasson said. "The dances are always telling some kind of story."

While learning the steps and actions, teacher Danni MacKenzie also shares the history behind each dance.

The dancers, aged anywhere between 50 and 88, have just celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Noosa Folk Dancers group. Ms MacKenzie started the group which still includes many of the original members.

The group has performed across the Coast at Aged Care venues, day respite centres, kindergartens, child care centres and at community events and festivals.

"We are keeping our bodies active and challenged because we have to remember the steps and sequences, and coordinate your left and right side of the body, and work with other people," Mrs Thomasson said.

"You aren't dancing on your own. Most of them are circle dances so you are holding hands with other people. There's quite a lot of cognition involved as well as lots of fun and laughter."

Prior dancing experience isn't required; as long as you can walk and bring along comfortable shoes, then you can enjoy the experience Mrs Thomasson said.

"When you are doing the dances, you can be as over-enthusiastic or under-enthusiastic as you like," she said.

"I look forward to my Fridays," she added. "You get such a feeling of joy and wellbeing when you are there, dancing and socialising."

About 20 of the group meet every Friday at from 9.30am-11am at 9 Werin Street in Tewantin. The cost is $8 each week. To join in, phone Philippa Johnson on 0417 780016.

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