After nine years and over a hundred performances at rest homes and retirement villages all over Auckland, the members of local Steppin Out line dance group are calling it a day. Changes of circumstances of members have made it more difficult to schedule practices and performances that everybody can attend.
From what started as one performance dance to thank their teacher at the time Annette Kennedy, the group now has 35 dances in their repertoire. For several years they practiced at the BHB Community Centre.
Steppin Out (originally Steppin Six) have always billed themselves as “not a professional group, just keen line dancers who dance for fun and friendship.”
One hundred percent of donations received have gone to their chosen charities - this year Dementia Auckland. All costs of transport, practice room hire, costumes etc have been borne by group members. It is estimated that over the year more than $14,000 has been distributed.
“We are all very sorry not to be able to continue, but are very proud of what we have achieved in being able to support some really worthwhile charities”, says spokesperson Graham Edwards.