Rock and roll dancer Rebecca Kenny won first place for the jitterbug at the Australian Rock and Roll Championships.
Rock and roll dancer Rebecca Kenny won first place for the jitterbug at the Australian Rock and Roll Championships.

No jitters for Aussie champ

By JULIA ILES

TALENTED rock and roll dancer Rebecca Kenny felt as if she had been dumped at the altar.

Two weeks before she was to compete at the Australian Rock and Roll championships on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, her dancing partner pulled out of the competition.

But the 16-year-old South Grafton High School student decided she would still make the trip north.

"It was a bit of a let down as we'd been practising for two months," she said.

"But I was really glad to go to the competition anyway and it was heaps of fun, a great atmosphere and I got to meet a lot of new people."

Rebecca competed and won first place in the jitterbug with her dance partner of two hours, Geoffrey Robertson.

"We didn't have much time to rehearse so we just went through some routines," she said.

In addition she danced with Peter Schultz, a dance teacher from Sydney, and won third place for the lindy hop and second in another jitterbug category.

For the swing jive she claimed second prize.

Rebecca started dancing when she was 11 and hopes to dance professionally or work as a dance teacher in the future.

She keeps a busy schedule and plays touch football, rugby union and soccer for her school.

She also works as a trainee at an aged care facility in Grafton.

Rebecca is a member of the Clarence Valley rock and roll dancing group called the Big River Rockers, and trains three times a week.



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