Swing Camp Oz co-organisors Mary McDermott and Joel Plys are thrilled with the turnout for this year's event which will utilize the Northern Rivers beauty and location throughout the week. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Swing Camp Oz co-organisors Mary McDermott and Joel Plys are thrilled with the turnout for this year's event which will utilize the Northern Rivers beauty and location throughout the week. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Dance till you drop at Swing Camp Oz

MORE than a 130 people will be laughing, moving and girating to the beat in Lismore this week as they learn from the world's best swing dance instructors.

Swing Camp Oz director Joel Plys, of San Diego, said that it was a unique opportunity because very rarely did camps go longer than a weekend, and here in Lismore people could learn for a full week.

"It is all about immersion and inspiration," Mr Plys said.

"There's a lot of bruised shins, but a lot of huge smiles.

"We have a couple of teachers from New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne and it is truly a rare opportunity to spend time with this calibre of teachers."

The event highlight is the big band dance session on Friday at 9.30pm at Lismore City Hall where social dancers are invited to join and dance to a real band.

Entry is $50 but mention the 'Northern Star Discount' and you will recieve entry at $40 per person, plus a two for one offer on the $30 dance class before which starts at 8:30pm.

Event co-organisor Mary McDermott said that the revivial of 30's and 40's dance was becoming increasingly popular as we see younger generations take an interest in retro style.

"It makes your grandparents seem really cool," she said.

"There is a lot of diveristy in the dance moving between Jazz and Blues but dancers can push themselves as hard as they want."



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