Dancing the night away in Batlow

Deborah Lopez, from Wollongong, and Kate Mobberley, from Tumut. For more photos see the Tuesday, October 17, edition of the Tumut and Adelong Times.

The Batlow RSL Club Hall was transformed into a throwback to the golden age on Saturday night, as the Batlow Dance Group played host to the Apple Blossom Ball.

Couples from all over NSW danced a range of traditional and new vogue styles to the music of Geoff Evans, with the men in their pressed best suits and the women in sequins, silk, and satin.

Batlow Dance Group President John Vanscolina said it was touching that a small dance group could pull so many people to its night of nights, with 95 attendees, and 25 turned away.

“It means a great deal, as a small club, that you do support us in this way,” he said to the dancers.

“Our lessons have 15 or 20, and our monthly dances have maybe 30 or 35, so when we see people roll out like this it makes us feel really good.”

He said he suspected a major reason the night was so popular was their decision to book ballroom star Geoff Evans to perform.

Mr Evans, from Mildura, was the guitarist and vocalist for the Rhythm Rockets, and has since released 28 CDs as a solo artist. At 80 years old, he’s still going strong.

“I’ve been a fan of his for many many years and I’ve got most of his CDs, and it’s just great that he was able to come here,” said Mr Vanscolina.

“Geoff is an icon, from Broken Hill all the way along the Murray he’s a much sought after dance musician. This is actually the first time Geoff’s been in Batlow, and I hope it won’t be the last.

“We also need to thank the RSL Club and Kylie Boxall. Kylie’s been an absolute godsend to us – we probably wouldn’t still be dancing without that support.”

On the Sunday, the fun continued with more dancing and lunch, and then the planning will begin for next year’s Apple Blossom Ball.