Elvis helps at rockin' good weekend

19:16, Aug 24 2014
Molly Wheeley and Joe Robins
LET'S DANCE: Molly Wheeley and Joe Robins dance at the Invercargill Rock’n’Roll Championships held in the James Hargest College gymnasium on Saturday.

It was a rockin' good weekend for enthusiastic Southland dancers.

The Invercargill Rock'n'Roll Club's annual club competition was held on Saturday at the James Hargest College gymnasium.

Club president Karl Herman said dancers rocked the dance floor until 10pm in what was the largest event to date.

"It was a full on day," he said.

Winners were announced in several categories.

For the senior dancers, the competition was a warmup before the national championships, to be held in Invercargill over Labour Weekend, he said.


Every year the competition grew with more spectacular throws and routines as couples danced through genuine 1950s music, including plenty of Elvis.

Dancers of all ages, from six years to those in their early 60s, and about "30 or 40 couples" competed at the event.

Judges were surprised at the camaraderie between the junior competitors, which was not often seen in other clubs, Herman said.

"That's the culture of our club. It's warm and inviting. It's a great atmosphere." nicci.mcdougall@stl.co.nz


Best dressed triples: Ellexa Robins, Joshua McNaugton, Kennedy Taylor

Junior triples: Caleb and Brittany Lay, Chloe Hewitt

Senior triples: Karl, Kelly, Katie Herman

Senior best dressed: Marcia Campbell and Gary Tong

Junior best dressed: Ellexa Robins, Joshua McNaugton

Junior novice: Justin Eckhold, Lydia Blomfield

Junior restricted: Caleb and Brittany Lay

Junior intermediate: George Hall, Isabella O'Donnell

Junior senior: Joe Robins, Molly Wheeley

Junior junior: Joshua McNaugton, Ellexa Robins

Junior same sex: Amber, Hannah Grantham

Junior junior same sex: Isabella O'Donnell, Hannah Fitzgerald

Diamond (60+): Gordon and Raewyn Hall

Masters (50+): Jon and Shona Havenaar

Open restricted (18+): Katie and Karl Herman

Senior restricted (40+): Jon and Shona Havenaar

Best dressed same sex: Chloe Hewitt, Jessica Reid

President's grade: Jon Havenaar and Naomi Harvey

Pro-am: Gary Tong and Karen Birch

The Southland Times