IT’S a different lifestyle but for Shepparton couple, Amanda Costa nee Garner and husband, Sebastian Costa dancing on the sea became second nature to them.
Amanda who has a string of dance credits including appearing as a dance partner on television’s Dancing with the Stars decided to take up an offer from the Royal Caribbean cruise line to be feature artists presenting Ballroom Dancing both in floor shows and special lessons to cruise guests.
Sebastian says it’s a different lifestyle and a great chance to see the world. The couple worked on five different cruise ships over the years travelling the world.
During their years at sea they danced through the South Pacific, Mediterranean, Italy, France, Spain, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska to mention just a few, but what was their favourite place? Well the Italian Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.
Amada says travelling is great fun and being feature artists they could mingle with the other guests and relax around the pool, but there was also a lot of work to do. You get one day off per week and work the other six, but that still leaves you time to go ashore at each port and get to sample the countries you visit.
The big thing on cruise ships is the food. There is so much of it. Sebastian says at first it’s all there but after a while it becomes too rich and you start to eat a more simple diet, which is just as well because as dancers you have to keep your figure. It seems Royal Caribbean is aware of that too as it is written into your contract that you must work out in the ship’s gym five times a week.
Amanda says they could spend up to four months just on the one cruise itinerary so it’s like every Thursday we will be in Naples, so you do really get to know these cities.
But no matter how exotic the places you visit you still compare them with home and for Amanda and Sebastian Australia is the best. It’s clean, stable, friendly and defiantly the place to bring up a family and that’s what they want to do now.
So on returning to Shepparton they have bought into the Excell Dance Studio with Amanda’s dad, Peter Garner where they will be conducting classes.
Sebastian says they have modernised the studio and want to share the experience with the community, so they have an open door policy.
The public is invited to come along and learn dance or just come for a look, enjoy a coffee and share the experience.
The Excell Dance Studio is at 3 Williams Road, Shepparton, you can contact them on 5831 1777 or call 0466 241 178.
Until next time,