Mums right in the swing of things

17:00, Jul 18 2014
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SWINGING BABIES: Swing Katz dance members and new mums Donna McCambridge, left, with 3-week-old Harper, Penny Eder with Agnus, 14 weeks, and Shaz Smythe with Flynn, 11 weeks.

Three new mums have potential new dance partners for the upcoming swing dance competition.

Swing Katz South Canterbury dance members Donna McCambridge, Penny Eder and Shaz Smythe have all recently added to their families and will be participating in the South Island Swing competition weekend.

All three mums attend weekly dance classes with their husbands. Their new babies now come along too.

Eder said there was never a shortage of babysitters at classes, with everyone wanting to hold the newborns.

She has been taking swing classes for two years and is learning a routine for the competitions.

She said it was always fun meeting dancers from other places.


One of the categories she will be competing in is called Jack and Jill, in which dancers are paired up randomly and "bring dance moves you've never done before".

More than 30 people from Christchurch will be coming for the competition held on the weekend of August 9-10.

There will also be 40 dancers from Timaru.

Previously, the South Island competitions have been held in Christchurch.

However, because so many dancers from Timaru travelled to compete last year, Timaru was given the opportunity to host.

McCambridge, who has also been swing dancing for two years, competed in previous competitions and loved it, especially dressing up in the vintage swing style of the 1940s.

Smythe has been involved with Swing Katz for six years.

She and her husband, Lenard, teach the beginners classes.

Their new baby Flynn, now 11 weeks, also comes along, his parents carrying him in a front sling as they dance.

Smythe will also be MC for the competition at Gleniti School Hall.

Categories include groups, fast and furious, and beginners.

Timaru dancers had been been successful in the beginners category in the past, Smythe said, with dancers taking out first, second and third placings in previous years.

The weekend also involves swing dance workshops with teachers coming from Wellington and Auckland.

Swing Katz is also putting on a vintage casino ball for dancers and the public, complete with live 16-piece band Sideline Swing playing traditional swing music.

The Timaru Herald