Dancers rock this town, 1950s style

Kevin and Derelle Polaschek, of Christchurch, flaunt their moves in the senior masters final of...
Kevin and Derelle Polaschek, of Christchurch, flaunt their moves in the senior masters final of the South Island rock and roll dancing competition in Dunedin on Saturday.
Caleb and Brittany Lay, of Invercargill, compete in the junior restricted final. Photo by Craig...
Caleb and Brittany Lay, of Invercargill, compete in the junior restricted final. Photo by Craig Baxter.

Shiny shoes and sharp dance moves filled the South Dunedin Community Hall for a rock 'n' roll jive competition on Saturday.

A South Island invitational contest was hosted by the Dunedin Rock 'n' Roll Revival Club, and attracted couples of all ages from Dunedin, Christchurch, Timaru, Invercargill and Central Otago.

About 200 people attended and roughly half took turns on the dance floor .

Categories for juniors included children as young as 5 years old, while the senior section was open to those aged 60 and older.

Prizes were awarded on points accumulated during slow and fast dances, and awards also went to the best-dressed couples.

Girls and women wore colourful skirts and dresses, with ribbons in their pony-tailed hair. Boys and men donned shiny shoes, black dress pants and vests over shirts.

For those watching, there were about 25 performances set to jukebox classics.

-rosie.manins@odt.co.nz

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