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More than a line dancing group

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THE PROSERPINE line dancing group ‘Out of The Blue’ is one of a kind, spreading joy and friendship. 

Every Tuesday afternoon, a group of about 30 people meet to perform line dancing, at the Uniting Church, in Proserpine, and people can just drop in and drop out whenever it suits their schedules.

‘Out of The Blue’ line dancing has been moving their feet on the wooden floor of the Uniting Church for many years, with the company of Debby Shannon, one of the group’s instructors, and also the person behind their beginnings.

“The main thing with line dancing is you learn line dancing, good for the brain, you do lots of dancing, great for the body, and you listen to music, so great for the spirit,” she said.

“People used to associate line dancing with country music but, today, you dance to the best of every kind of music there is.”

In time, ‘Out of the Blue’ has become not only a place to shake and make some steps while dancing, the group is also a place to grow strong friendships that extend beyond the walls of the Uniting Church.

“I am so blessed to have these people in my life. Whenever someone has a challenging time in their life, you can count on at least one member staying in contact with you, even if you can’t dance. I am so proud to call them my extended family,” Petra Cromack said.

Last July, the group organised a successful charity event in Bloomsbury Memorial Church, to raise money for the Cancer Council.

“We weren’t actually aiming to raise heaps of money, but we thought that, if we have the opportunity we would make the most of it and we would donate the money equally half and half to the cancer council…and we raised $1,000 dollars, it actually blew us out of the water,” Ms Shannon said.

Line dancing goes from 1pm to 5pm, on Tuesdays. See Facebook page for details.

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