Dance-O-Mat's new city beat

SWING TIME: Sarah Loversidge and Dan Martin get into the swing at the Dance-o-Mat at the river end of Re:Start in Oxford Tce.
SWING TIME: Sarah Loversidge and Dan Martin get into the swing at the Dance-o-Mat at the river end of Re:Start in Oxford Tce.

Hip-swinging Cantabrians can get their groove back with the return of Gap Filler's Dance-O-Mat.

After a short hiatus because of the demolition of neighbouring Vero House in Oxford Tce, the popular attraction is up and running again at the river end of Re:Start. It is Dance-O-Mat's third home after occupying spaces in St Asaph St and on the former Bangalore Polo Club site on the Strip.

Gap Filler director Coralie Winn said there had been many inquiries about the Dance-O-Mat.

"Using ex-demolition sites means we do have to respond to what's happening in an area and relocate from time to time. It's all part of engaging and working in a city in transition," she said.

The attraction had taken longer to set up as it was installed on compacted aggregate instead of concrete pads left after demolition as it had been previously.

The mat will be open for public use from 8am to 11pm every day and is expected to remain on the site until April.

The Press