DANCING in the street has become a weekly activity for residents and its popularity is growing.
Cabramatta's Dutton Lane comes to life each Tuesday for an hour from 10.30am as people join in an open-air Latin dance class which is raising funds to buy two wheelchairs for Fairfield Hospital's emergency department.
So far about $70 has been raised in the three months the classes have been going as people are encouraged to donate about $5 each per class.
Cabramatta Lions Club president Jenny Tew came up with the idea for the classes during a visit to Cambodia and China. "When I went overseas I saw people exercising in the park from 5am and then they go to work," she said.
"There was also exercising and dancing after work."
The classes are open to anyone who wants to take part and the dance styles include bacchatta, merengue, salsa and cha-cha.
"We're getting more and more people. They used to be shy saying we're not dancing in the middle of the town! But as more people join they've realised it's relaxing and fun and they also make new friends."
The teacher, Beatriz Occhiuzzi, said while the same core group returns regularly with 20 people turning up for the largest class so far, more people were welcome.
"I'll consider the expertise level of the people we have in the class but it's really about having fun, learning new moves and being more active," she said.
"Now the weather's warming up we should get even more people."