Ross unveils dance festival plan
ONE of the Coffs Coast’s youngest festival entrepreneurs is focused on making his event one of the region’s biggest.
Local dance identity Travers Ross is unveiling plans to make Utopian Dream – a week-long event open to dancers from across the globe – a more community-oriented event.
“We’re looking to take the festival to a whole new level by opening it up to the public and having a full celebration day for dance,” Travers said.
“In previous years, we have had nightly events open to the public but we’re trying to make it more for the community next time around – there will be really cheap dance classes for people who have never danced before, markets and stalls, fashion, food.
“I want to make it like the Blues and Roots Festival of dance.”
Mr Ross is working closely with Coffs Harbour City Council and JLE Entertainment in the lead-up to the event, scheduled for the week of January 9-16, 2011.
“This is about bringing another beautiful festival to Coffs Harbour; I love how we have so many unique festivals,” he said.
“There is nothing like this in the world. The real dancers in Australia who really put it in are coming to Coffs Harbour and paying to get classes from these international and Australian dancers and they’re here of their own accord because they know it’s real.
“The reason I run the festival here is because it gets such great support – if someone wanted to pay me $1 million to have it in Sydney, I still wouldn’t do it.”
Mr Ross and his girlfriend Lamb – who reached the top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance Australia – will be touring the nation later this year to promote the festival.