Embracing movement: Travers Ross leads a dance workshop at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.
Embracing movement: Travers Ross leads a dance workshop at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.

Coffs festival makes a splash

THE Utopian Dream Festival began with ‘dancing in the rain’ but as the sun made an appearance the festival became a whole lot brighter.

Travers Ross said the sunny second half of the week has provided a boost to morale.

“Since the weather has cleared up, more acts have become available and the second part of the festival has been a big booster,” he said.

“The combined ‘Contemporary Treats’ and ‘Bollywood Bash and Bizarre’ was an amazing show with professional dance companies as well as local dancers taking the floor.”

Travers said numbers have been good with about the same number of participants as last year.

“I’m happy with the amount of people getting involved,” he said.

“The numbers are pretty consistent with last year although there are more juniors this time.”

While quantity is the same, quality has improved as the festival continues to expand and evolve.

The celebration of dance finishes up this weekend with two jam-packed days and nights of movement, music and madness.

‘Owned’ starts at noon at the C.ex Coffs and is sure to be an energetic event with competitive dance to get you cheering.

The competition is open to all dance styles from ballroom to break and tap to tango.

This is followed by the after party for over 18s at the Hoey Moey.

There will be a courtesy bus from the C.ex Coffs and the night features DJ Dirty Luck, pole dancer Sassy and drag queen Coco Jumbo to name a few. And the winners from the breakdance competition will perform for audiences at the after party.

Sunday night’s ‘Hullabaloo’ will wrap the week up at Club Coffs on West High.

It is a special fundraising event for Queensland’s flood victims and people can bid for artists to do weird and wonderful things.

The dedication and effort put in is remarkable and no doubt exhausting but Travers said he ‘wouldn’t have it any other way’.



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