A Russian wheelchair dancing duo make a splash at the 2006 World Championships in the Netherlands.
A Russian wheelchair dancing duo make a splash at the 2006 World Championships in the Netherlands. Contributed

What will it take to keep wheels turning on the dance floor?

MORE people are needed to keep a unique sport alive in Australia, wheelchair dance instructors say.

Allora couple Chris and Lynette Gordon-Smith are searching for volunteers to teach the sport and to push wheelchairs.

In other countries, wheelchair dancing in an elite sport where regular competition and events are the norm.

But the sport has not got the same profile in Australia.

"The catch to the passion is that we always need a lot of volunteers,” Mrs Gordon-Smith said.

She and her husband are planning a two-day wheelchair dancing instructor's workshop in a bid to ensure a rotation of skills in the community.

Lynette and Chris Gordon-Smith are looking for volunteers who will become the next generation of trainers.
Lynette and Chris Gordon-Smith are looking for volunteers who will become the next generation of trainers. Marian Faa

The pair are calling for expressions of interest from people all around the country who would be keen to take up the new skill.

Instructors can be both able-bodied or wheelchair-dependent according to Mrs Gordon-Smith.

"The only thing you need it your voice,” she said.

Throughout their years of teaching wheelchair dancing, the pair have put on debutante balls and fancy dances for people in wheelchairs.

Mrs Gordon-Smith recalled one ball, where everyone arrived in taxis and limousines. She said putting on the ritz was half the fun.

To get involved contact chris.gordonsmith@y7mail.com



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