Rocking the night away at Friday night’s 1950s-themed dance night at the Criterion Theatre.
Rocking the night away at Friday night’s 1950s-themed dance night at the Criterion Theatre. DOMINIC ZIETSCH

Rockers blast into 50s

THE GRAFTON Criterion Theatre's sprung dance floor was full of twirling skirts, leather jackets and a whole lot of rock and roll on Friday night when it hosted a 1950s-themed dance night.

The night was the second in a series of decade-themed Friday night dances at the theatre with the idea kicking off earlier this year with a 1940s-flavoured dance which saw the theatre swinging and jiving to the 16-piece Conservatorium Show Band.

On Friday night though, the big band tunes were out and rock and roll was in with local four piece band The Four Flames delivering classic hits from artists like Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley and the Comets.

The 60 or so groovers who turned up on the night certainly looked the part with bowling shirts, long skirts and leather jackets in abundance.

The event's organiser Dave Mackey said the night had been a blast.

"It was well-attended and everyone came dressed up in the 50s theme, so that was great," Mr Mackey said.

"The really interesting part was how many young people turned up and the fact that they all enjoyed the night and got into the theme. In all we were on the dance floor for about four hours."

The night also featured an appearance from members of the Big River Rockers who rocked the dance floor and gave the uninitiated some useful pointers at the same time.

Mr Mackey said the decade-themed dance nights were a nod back in time to when the Criterion Theatre was a dance hall and hosted a dance every Friday night.

He said plans were already under way for the next dance in February 2013 which will naturally have a 1960s theme.



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