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Fun at the ball

Frank and Nancy Baker on the dance floor at the April Showers Ball held at the Civic Centre.
Frank and Nancy Baker on the dance floor at the April Showers Ball held at the Civic Centre. Mike Knott BUNAPR

IF THERE were any April showers about at the weekend, they certainly could not dampen the spirits of dancers taking part in the ball of the same name.

Hundreds of people danced the night away at the ball in the Civic Centre, with the fun extending right through the weekend.

Organisers were still cleaning up yesterday afternoon after a three-hour dance session in the morning.

Organiser Jan Paulsen said Bundaberg was part of a circuit that saw a similar ball held every month in a different town across Queensland.

"A lot of people just travel around with their caravans following the dance circuit," she said.

"It's very popular. Three years ago we had more than 380 people on the Saturday night.

"We love it. It's like a disease."

Ms Paulsen said dance participants came to Bundaberg for the event from as far north as Cairns and as far south as Lismore or Dubbo.

The weekend started off with new vogue and sequence dancing on Friday night, with the main event on Saturday night and a follow-up yesterday.

Ms Paulsen said there were 180 dancers on Friday night, 289 on Saturday night and 135 yesterday.

The ball is run once a year in Bundaberg, and has been held in the city for 15 years.

Planning for next year's event has already started.

Rockhampton's Moorhead Dance Band, which has played at the past 13 April Showers balls, will again provide the music next year.

Topics:  jan paulsen, moorhead dance band


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