Line dancers in Arrowtown on Monday (from left), Eleanor
Frew (Cromwell), Fiona August (Auckland), Audrey Henderson
and Knowla Lindsay (Arrowtown), June Matheson (Cromwell),
Eileen Bell (Auckland) and June Cooper (Queenstown). Photo
by Christina McDonald.
Described by practitioners as an addiction, line dancing,
they say, is an activity for everyone. Every Monday afternoon,
a group of mostly women congregates at the Arrowtown Hall.
Eleanor Frew, of Cromwell, travels to Arrowtown and said the
activity was ''an enjoyable exercise for people that don't
It keeps both the mind and body active, she said.
Instructor Audrey Henderson has been teaching the classes for
about eight years and said her students loved the exercise,
socialising and the music.
''We don't just dance to country; we dance to all kinds:
Latin, Irish, and Scottish.''
The classes had been going for about 18 years and every week
she was surprised how long the line was.
''Some people just come in off the street,'' she said, with
holiday-makers from the United States and Australia looking
Regulars in her class include a lady in her mid-80s and a
mother in her mid-20s who comes to the class after dropping
her children at child care.