Dancing around the clock in Canowindra

Dance couples Joy and Mike Bonnor, with Sabrina Bisinella and Max Harris, pictured at Montrose House, will be taking part in the 12 Hour Canowindra Dance this Sunday. Photo: Ben Rodin
Dance couples Joy and Mike Bonnor, with Sabrina Bisinella and Max Harris, pictured at Montrose House, will be taking part in the 12 Hour Canowindra Dance this Sunday. Photo: Ben Rodin

Many people around the Central West have taken on tests of endurance in sport: marathons, cycling, triathlons, among other sports.

But the prospect of a 12 hour celebration of dance raises questions of going the distance for an entirely different type of crowd.

"You wonder if the stamina's going to last don't you?" Joy Bonnor asked, laughing.

"We usually come from two 'til six, that's our usual time.... we might extend it a bit more, there'd have to be a few respites there somewhere."

Mrs Bonnor and her husband Mike, as well as Max Harris and Sabrina Bisinella will be just two of the dance partnerships heading over to Canowindra during the day of dance, which will run from 10am to 10pm at the Canowindra Services Club function centre.

With more than sixty dances set to be covered including styles such as the Modern and Old Time Waltz, Tango, Rumba and Cha Cha, it promises to be a day that covers the needs of dancers across the board.

However, as Ms Bisinella, a known Latin American dance teacher herself notes, newcomers and novices needn't be afraid of turning up without a clue of how to move rhythmically.

"I think the sort of dancing that is going to happen is dancing where you can learn ... by copying other people," Ms Bisinella explained, adding that there will plenty to keep those in need of a challenge happy.

"I suppose there are some routines that are easier for beginners, and some are more complicated."

Mr Harris, a Canowindra local, agreed, adding for some dance styles like New Vogue, people may already know the moves even if they don't yet know the order in which to do them.

"If you know the elements of Ballroom or Latin American, the basic steps, then you can do New Vogue," Mr Harris explained.

"There are no steps in New Vogue that aren't in other forms of dancing, it's just the sequence in New Vogue that you have to remember."

Also there for the occasion will be Phil Redenbach, who will perform live throughout the day, the Bonnors noting that it is rare to go to dance events with music performed live.

Mr Bonnor was jokingly skeptical when reflecting on whether Mr Redenbach, a well regarded local musician, could last for the day's full length.

"I don't think Phil will be doing it 12 hours straight," Mr Bonnor said, before addressing the logistical difficulty of a 12 hour performance.

"There's going to be recorded music as well."

Nevertheless, Mrs Bonnor was hopeful that this year's event, with an interior to be decorated by Montrose House owner Tommy Jeffs, will be a popular one.

"I imagine a lot of people will come to this and they travel quite big distances to get here... There'll be new people and hopefully a lot of younger people," she said, making mention of Ms Bisinella and Mr Harris.

Interestingly though, Ms Bisinella was hopeful that an older tradition would appear at this year's event.

"[I] actually picture this event like in the old days, where the ladies were standing on the other side of the dance floor and the men come and ask you to dance with them."