Don’t step on his blue suede shoes

By Vivienne Duck

AS A child Dave Tarrant was singing to Elvis Presley (with his hairbrush as his microphone).

And although he wasn’t aware of it until later years, he had always had a soft spot for music.

But his real passion was dancing.

Combining the two, Dancin’ Dave promises to get you dancing during his new show on EMFM 104.7 community radio.

He is one of 11 presenters at the community radio station bringing his jump swing breakaway show to Tuesdays and Sundays.

‘‘I’ve been with EMFM for about five years now,’’ Dave said.

‘‘I originally started out co-hosting with Rockabilly Rod as a way to advertise our dance school but I went on to host my own show.

‘‘Basically it features everything from the 1930 and ’40s and retro music from now.

‘‘The music is something you can dance to and that is where my real passion lies.’’

Dave said he had always loved music but dance didn’t really come into his life until he landed in Echuca.

Hailing from Warrnambool, he spent 17 years on a dairy farm before joining the Navy in 1975, which included nine months deployment during the Kuwait War.

‘‘For the 20 years I was in the Navy there wasn’t much dancing and music, apart from a few drunken sailor nights,’’ Dave said.

‘‘It wasn’t until we came to Echuca that we heard about S’CoolHouse Rock & Swing.

‘‘The teachers at the time had brought it here and I was instantly taken by it.

‘‘And when the teachers went back to their home town we took over in 2009.’’

Dave said seeing people learn how to dance and enjoy it is priceless.

‘‘You just can’t buy that feeling of seeing their faces light up,’’ he said.

Dave has also been on the board of EMFM for three years and is the current president.

‘‘The radio station is all volunteer run and we really need community input,’’ he said.

‘‘If there is anything people want to hear or if you have an idea for a show get in contact with us.’’

Dancin’ Dave is on air Tuesdays 11am-2pm and it is repeated at the same time on Sundays.