New-wave dancer loves treading the boards

Kristy Quirk says surfboard riding and dancing have many moves in common.
Kristy Quirk says surfboard riding and dancing have many moves in common. John Mccutcheon

GLITTERING costumes are usually reserved for the stage, but a new art form combining dance and surfing is bringing a bit of glitz to Noosa Spit.

Dancers are stepping out of the studio and on to the water for a new craze known as surf dancing.

Originating in Noosa in 2004, surf dancing combines surfing manoeuvres, yoga, gymnastics, twirling and synchronised dancing and paddling to express the joy surfers get from a day out on the water.

As a qualified ballet and surfing instructor Kristy Quirk has combined her two passions to push the surf dancing phenomenon.

After a five-year stint entertaining children at New South Wales ski resorts, Ms Quirk is back on the Coast and ready to share the skill of surf dancing with a new wave of kids.

She said that surfing and dancing were more alike than many people might think.

"Dance is an extension of what you are already doing on the surfboard," Ms Quirk said.

"A lot of top surfers don't realise they are already naturally doing it.

"For example, a backhand bottom turn is a fourth position in classical ballet.

"Long boarders are doing tricks already on the boards and we are taking that further by studying the lines.

"This is all about just expressing the joy of surfing on the ocean through dance."

Performances can also translate on to the sand, with dance expressing surfing routines.

"It's a lot of fun and the kids learn so quickly," Ms Quirk said. "Noosa Beach is so safe with soft waves which gives them that right environment.

"We are also teaching about surf safety, surf education, how to spot a rip, surfing stance and paddling techniques."

Learn to be a ballerina on a board at the surf dancing classes starting tomorrow at Noosa Spit.

Surf dancing

School Holiday Grom Squad

WHEN: Tomorrow until Friday, 10-11am each day

WHO: Kids aged 3-7

COST: $30 each class or $100 for the week

WHERE: Meet at Noosa Spit carpark, end of Claude Batten Dr

CONTACT: Phone 0439 803 270 or

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