When you think about dancing lessons, your thoughts may automatically go to a group of young children, mostly little girls, dressed in their sweet pink tutus, going to ballet and enjoying themselves.
Most of the time you would be right.
Late at night though, after the children have left the building, a new breed of dancer emerges at the Evolve Dance studios located at 117 Toolooa Street (across from Drakes IGA).
They like to call themselves the Mature and Motivated Dancers.
Consisting of ladies aged between 23 – 53 years of age, this group of ladies collectively have nearly 500 years of dance experience between them.
“Like a good wine we believe we only get better with age,” dancer and owner of local business The Health Nut, Katrina Bailey said.
The mature and motivated dancers started back in 2015 when Evolve Dance was established.
Starting with one advanced ladies class on a Tuesday night, consisting mainly of former dancers or dance-mums under the guidance of Marj Rampton, word soon got out about how much fun the girls had.
A beginners’ class followed, and then an intermediate class.
“Why do we dance? Because we love it,” Ms Bailey said.
“No fitness level is really required to start and no other class I know of can give you the belly laughs this does.”
“We all get to show off our skills at the Gladstone Eisteddfod in the Mature and Motivated Section, last year this lead to the group winning the Most Entertaining Item Trophy.”
Kyra-Lee the principal of Evolve Dance loves seeing the ladies perform at the end of year concert: “It is always a surprise what Mrs R comes up with for the ladies, they are a great inspiration for the little ones to see.”
Evolve’s annual concert is on November 12 at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, so come along and watch the ladies and the kids perform.
If you would be interested classes for 2018, please contact Kyra-Lee on the Evolve Dance Facebook page or call 0473 200 983