Hi! We are Helen and Colin Ross and here is our story of Rock and Roll
on the mid north coast of NSW.
We have been bringing Rock and Roll dance to Port Macquarie and
surrounding districts since 1995. From the first time we saw another
couple jiving on the dance floor we knew that was what we wanted to
learn. We made a bee-line to this couple asking where we could learn to
dance their style and to our delight they were willing to teach us.
Together with a few other couples, we were keen to learn how to rock and
roll as well. In early 1995, the FJ Rock and Roll Dance Studio
conducted a workshop, launching us on our rock and roll voyage and the
yearning for learning. We began to teach what we had learnt
to others and also became founding members of the original ‘Rock
and Roll Dreams Dance Club’.
When that club moved on to the Gold Coast with other members we began
calling ourselves ‘Port Macquarie Rockers’. After a few
years of learning many people with a common interest looked for a
locally based new club and teachers. And so the ‘Port Macquarie
RSL Rock and Roll Dance Club’ evolved from where we began and we
continued our teaching with lessons in Four Step and Six Step Rock and
Roll, Rock and Roll Cha-cha, Slow Swing Jive, and Rock and Roll
Partnered and Line dances. We were also founding members of the
Port Macquarie Panthers Rock'n'Roll Dance Club.
Soon the demand came from students to expand to teaching in Kempsey. So
in July 2008 the Kempsey RSL Bowls Club became the venue for new dance
lessons. A new name was necessary to cover all areas so ‘Let’s
Dance Rock and Roll’ was born. Since then our teaching has
moved to Thursday evening classes at
Nambucca Heads, and Monday evening classes at South West Rocks.
Over the years we have affiliated with members of several large Rock and
Roll Clubs including ‘Gold Coast Rockers’, ‘South
Coast Rockers’ and ‘Dance Time’ on the Gold Coast,
and ‘Summerland Rockers’ in Lismore, and also teaching at
the ‘Wintersun’ annual nostalgia festival held at
Coolangatta over the long weekend in June of each year. We have
continued our teaching with the just as successful ‘Cooly Rocks
Locally, on Friday and Saturday nights, students of ‘Let’s Dance
Rock and Roll’ make up many of the
dancers dancing the night away and enjoying local bands at Clubs in the
Port Macquarie, Kempsey Nambucca areas.
We invite you to join us as we cast off the years by keeping active and
socializing with others of like interest. Check out our ‘Classes’
page for when we’re dancing in your town. It really is so much fun…
just have a look at those happy faces in our photo gallery!