Step into the auditorium at Wests Nelson Bay Diggers this weekend and you will be transported back to the ‘50s.
Nelson Bay Rock ‘N’ Roll Club is ready for its annual dance and music festival, which will be held October 12 to 14.
“Everywhere you look there will be rock ‘n’ roll banners, cut outs, decorations hanging from the ceiling,” Keith Bernard from the club said. “It’s what we’re known for.”
The three day festival, now in it’s 18th year, attracts about 500 dancers who dress in 50s retro style and dance the weekend away. The festival is open to anyone interested in heading along to check it out. There is no cost to attend.
Three dance floors will be set up in the auditorium for the festival. Blue Suede Boppers will entertain on Friday and the Midnight Drifters on Saturday, both from 8pm. Doors open at 6pm both days.
Jake Rattle and Roll will entertain from 1pm on Sunday. Doors open at noon.
“We want to see people dancing,” Bernard said. “That’s why we started the rock ‘n’ roll club and why we have this festival. Dancing is good for you – not just physically but mentally. We’d love to see more people, especially men, up and dancing.”
There will be demonstrations by the Sydney Swing Katz on Saturday night and dance workshop on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s a really good weekend,” Nelson Bay Rock ‘N’ Roll Club member Kerri Payne said. “The atmosphere is wonderful and seeing all the different dancers is inspiring.”