HANDS IN THE AIR: Johnson had ‘a real fun day’.
HANDS IN THE AIR: Johnson had ‘a real fun day’.

MPs get groove on with Emerald dancers

POLITICIANS long ago perfected the art of dancing around any sticky subject matter, and some of their best moves are seen on the floor of parliament, but have they got groove?

Emerald students and Aboriginal dancers Jarli Russell, his brother Jakory and friend Jesi Blanco got Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek to join in at the opening of St Brigid's Catholic Primary school.

The moment was relived in parliament last week, when one wag MP labelled Mr Johnson "twinkle toes" for his efforts.

Jarli and Jakory's dad, Joel Blanco, said the boys were honoured by their impromptu on-stage partners in the 'shake a leg' dance.

"We teach our kids about being proud of their culture and embracing it," Mr Blanco said. "Dancing and performing is something we have grown up with and something we can share.

"It comes naturally to the boys and they were honoured Mr Johnson and the minister got up.

"It makes them feel special, that they're doing something right."

Mr Johnson said told his parliamentary colleagues it was "a real fun day".

"I suppose the most embarrassing thing was when the education minister John-Paul tried to perform an Aboriginal dance and he planted his feet a few times," he said.

"I don't want him to respond and tell you how I went, because I was a damn sight worse."

"I think the beautiful thing is that we saw Aboriginal culture there, we saw European culture there, and we saw just what a multicultural society Emerald is today."


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