Champion rock n rollers Sandy and Gary Oaten will represent Australia. Photo: ROB BARICH roc2710a
Champion rock n rollers Sandy and Gary Oaten will represent Australia. Photo: ROB BARICH roc2710a

Bundy couple jive around the world

A CHANCE meeting at a Bundaberg dance class was just the beginning for Gary and Sandy Oaten who since have taken the Australian swing jive scene by storm.

The now married couple got serious about dance just four years ago and already have an impressive collection of awards.

They were gold medallists at the 2008 Pan Pacific Games, were named champion of champions at the 2009 New England Rock'n'Roll and Swing competition and were gold medallists at the Australian Allcomers competition.

Their latest achievement was to be selected in the 2010 Australian Dance Team.

“No matter how sad you are, that music always makes you feel better,” Mr Oaten said. “Dancing is a really good form of exercise as well.”

Mr Oaten said he was hesitant to try dance initially but that soon changed. “Being a bloke, I was a bit reluctant,” he said. “Now we have gotten serious with our dancing and it's really great.”

The pair travelled to the Sunshine Coast once a fortnight for two years for private lessons with Sandy and Ray Ivory at Sunshine Coast Rock'n'Roll.

“It's like anything. We wanted to learn as much as we could and go as far as we could with it,” Mr Oaten said.

Mrs Oaten said it was a huge privilege to be selected for the Australian team.

“There were about 25 couples chosen from around Australia so we are quite pleased,” she said.

“It's quite an honour, really.”

The couple will have the chance to travel to New Zealand with the team next year.

They will share their talents at classes from November 2 at the Bundaberg East Sports Club.

The classes will run from 7.30pm until 9pm and costs $7 per adult and $3.50 per child.

For more information or to book, telephone 4152 0450.

swing jive lessons Award-winning dancers Gary and Sandy Oaten are holding swing jive lessons in Bundaberg from next month. Classes will be held at Bundaberg East Sports Club from 7.30pm until 9pm on Monday nights.


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