Volunteer Leanne Summers helps little dancers Mia and Anthony Veronica find their groove at Gympie Centro earlier this week.
Volunteer Leanne Summers helps little dancers Mia and Anthony Veronica find their groove at Gympie Centro earlier this week. Contributed

Centro dance comp an instant hit

HERE'S my number, so call me, maybe?

Scores of bodies have grooved to Carly Rae Jepsen's huge hit, Call me, maybe?, this week as part of Gympie Centro's debut school holiday dance competition.

Supported by Gympie Regional Council, Gympie Centro marketing manager Anthony Mallett said the three-day competition was a runaway success.

The dance competition used the Xbox 360 game, Just Dance 4, starting Wednesday in the shopping centre and finishing yesterday.

"We are grateful to have Microsoft on board allowing us to use the game in this way," Mr Mallett said.

"They have been really supportive and it makes it possible to do more things like this again."

Dancing hopefuls were invited to take part in the free competition, moving to some of today's top music hits.

The game tracked participants' dance moves, matching them to the dancer on the screen and giving them a score for their efforts.

Everyone had their scores recorded and the dancer with the highest score winning their own Xbox 360 and three games.

Not bad for a couple of minutes of grooving, Mr Mallett said.

Enjoying a top score yesterday was Sunshine Coast youngster Anthony Veronica.

Anthony was hoping to dance to a Flo Rida hit but instead had to settle for Call me, maybe?, much to his sister's delight.

"I've played this game at home and because we already have an Xbox, I will give my aunty one if I win," the generous youngster said.

Also getting in on the fun was Sunshine Coast University marketing student Annie Long.

Ms Long, 20, has been doing a marketing internship with Gympie Centro since July and is thriving on the real-world experience.

"It counts as credit towards my course and it's great to be getting this experience," she said.

"The competition was really popular yesterday (Wednesday)."

Looking ahead, Gympie Centro has secured a visit from Stufflers Build a Bear next week (Monday to Friday).