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Swing your hips . . . Vanessa Gough and Iain Clark rock their bodies during a dance session at the Oamaru Club. PHOTO: TYSON YOUNG

Music lovers and dance enthusiasts rejoice – rock and roll is back in town.

A rock and roll dance group has been revived in Oamaru by Iain Clark and Vanessa Gough, two locals with a passion for song and dance.

Since it started four weeks ago, the dance group had received an “incredible” response from the community, Mr Clark said.

About 50 people turned up to the first lesson that was hosted by the group, jiving their way through hits from the 1950s and 1960s.

Mr Clark had been a member of the original rock and roll club in Oamaru, which closed some time ago.

From that club, he believed “hundreds” of people who had been taught rock and roll dance throughout the years were still living in Oamaru .

The idea of re-establishing a rock and roll dance group had been bubbling away for a while, Mrs Gough said.

“We wanted to do it over the last two years or so, but we’ve never had the time or been able to co-ordinate each other together.”

It was not until the pair received numerous dance lesson requests that the idea came to fruition.

“It kind of showed us who was interested and that it was a viable thing to do,” she said.

“We’re doing it for the love of dancing and to get people into dancing.”

For Mr Clark, dancing was not just about swinging your hips to the music – it was also an opportunity to meet people and make new friends.

“It’s just a really great way to dance as a couple or in general,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for a social interaction.”

The most challenging part of setting up the group was choosing the right time to host the dance lessons, he said.

Lessons take place at the Oamaru Club every Thursday from 7.30pm until 9pm.