Ballina Boot Scooters had the crowd clapping at Rivafest on Sunday.
Ballina Boot Scooters had the crowd clapping at Rivafest on Sunday. Northern Star

Energy right down the line

AGE was no barrier to boogie for the Ballina Bootscooter linedancers who gave two high energy performances at yesterday's Rivafest in Ballina.

The Bootscooters, a team of senior citizens aged between 50 and 80, danced for 30 minutes to classics such as You Can't Stop the Music and Back in Your Arms Again.

Angie Frederiksen, 78, of Ballina, goes to dance classes up to five times a week.

“When I'm not bowling, I'm dancing.” Mrs Frederiksen said.

“I just love music and I love dancing.”

The troop's teacher, Cath Butler, said line-dancing was addictive.

“Once you try it you get hooked,” Mrs Butler said.

“We love the fun and friendship of dancing.”

The Bootscooters perform regularly at hostels and nursing homes. Yesterday was their second year at Rivafest.

“We are available to perform for charity,” Mrs Butler said.

Ballina's foreshore came alive for the annual Rivafest celebration. With perfect weather, thousands of locals and visitors came out to celebrate.

One of the day's highlights was a performance by African-American soul singer Lisa Hunt.

Live performances by Samba Blisstas, Kamikazi Thunderkats, Karen and The Captains of Class, Choral C, Headliners, and the Ballina Shire Concert Band were a big hit and were enjoyed by the crowd.

Rivafest is held every year to celebrate life in a river town and brings together local community groups and organisations.

Anyone interested in attending linedancing classes or wanting to book the Bootscooters can call Mrs Butler on 6681 1452.



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