Youngsters set to rock n roll

23:38, Aug 21 2014
rock n roll partners
ROCK THE AGES: Partners Kennedy Taylor, 9, left, and Donald McIntosh, 11, share a dance ahead of the Invercargill Rock n Roll Club’s annual competition this weekend.

While their classmates bop along to Taylor Swift, Kennedy Taylor and Donald McIntosh swing to Elvis Presley.

The young pair have been dance partners at the Invercargill Rock n Roll Club for almost a year, and are preparing to perform at the club's annual competition this weekend.

The club's members dance with genuine 1950s music and costumes, which means a lot of Elvis and his ilk for Kennedy, 9, and Donald, 11. However, the young partners enjoy the sport.

They practised together twice a week and made a good team - most of the time, Donald said. "Usually we work well together, but she laughs too much."

Dancers of all disciplines have to trust their partner, but it's especially important in rock 'n' roll dancing, where girls are thrown into the air and spun around at speed.

The two had to trust each other a lot to perform their favourite dance move, called the shoulder throw, Kennedy said.


They practised on mats to prevent injuries but will perform the move out on the dance floor at the competition this weekend.

Invercargill Rock n Roll Club president Karl Herman said dancers of all ages, from 7-year-olds to those in their late 60s, would compete at the event.

For the senior dancers, it was a warm-up before the national championships, to be held in Invercargill at Labour Weekend, he said.

The competition begins at 1pm tomorrow at the James Hargest College gymnasium. Entry costs $5.

The Southland Times