Joyful World of Line Dancing

Enriching his coordination and memory, Lawn Bowls devotee, Rodney Grigg of Murray Bridge, joins the vibrant and fun-loving Tailem Bend Line Dancers.

Rodney, known for his enthusiastic spirit and his new distinctive western attire, complete with boots and hats, has embraced Line Dancing wholeheartedly - his excitement is palpable as he prepares for future performances around the Murraylands.

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Rodney Grigg of Murray Bridge, resting his feet after a long night of dancing at the Long Riders, Murray Bridge.

“I can’t wait to wear some leather off these new Western Boots and get a sweat-up dancing along with some great country music,” Rodney said. “I love Country Music and the Tailem Bend crew are so much fun to be around – they’re always up for a laugh or two between dances.”

Rodney’s participation not only highlights the inclusive nature of the activity, but also showcases the importance of community-based activities and support services, like those provided by the Tailem Bend Community Centre and the Murray Bridge based, General Support Services Australia.

Tailem’s Line Dancing is offered by the Tailem Bend Community Centre, as part of their extensive community-based activities plan, and lead by Dance Instructor, Sandy Prizibilla of Tailem Bend – who puts all the dancers through their paces.

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Dance Instructor, Sandy Prizibilla of Tailem Bend, putting her crew through their paces at the Tailem Bend Line Dancing class held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

“We turn on the tunes, turn up the volume and away we go, starting with a couple of slow warm up numbers, before slowly moving towards the faster, more complicated, moves later in the session,” Sandy said. “Dancers can rest whenever they like; some just love to sing along and tap their feet as they watch others dance to their heart’s content.”

For Sandy, Line Dancing is much more than just a dance class - it’s a social affair that brings people together in a shared pursuit of rhythm and fun. The sessions foster an environment where participants can laugh, learn, and lift each other up, creating a strong sense of camaraderie and friendship among fellow dancers.

This inclusive approach aligns well with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) principles, which aim to enhance the quality of life and social inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Sandy’s sessions are designed to be inclusive and accessible, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their dancing skills, can take part and enjoy. The program reflects the NDIS’s commitment to supporting people with disabilities in engaging in community activities and building meaningful connections. By offering a welcoming and supportive environment, the Line Dancing sessions enable participants to develop their skills, increase their confidence, and enjoy the physical and social benefits of dancing.

Rodney’s involvement in Line Dancing is a testament to the positive impact that inclusive community activities can have on individuals with disabilities. Through the support of his NDIS plan and his resolute support workers from Genuine Support Services Australia, Rodney can take part fully in these sessions, showing how tailored support can enable individuals to pursue their dreams.

The Tailem Bend Town Hall buzzes with the energy of Line Dancing every Tuesday morning from 10am to 11:30am, welcoming participants of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced dancers to engage in this fun-loving, lively and inclusive activity.

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