This last Month has been real busy with two weekends away. First Naracoorte where Acey Squares had their 11th Birthday weekend.
We had 2 callers plus some brackets with recorded discs on Friday night and another 3 callers on Saturday.
The following weekend we had the SA State Convention in Mannum. A large number of dancers attended leaving the hall busting at the seams. A marquee had to be erected outside for seating as there was no room inside.
We had a Guest Caller – Keith Lethbridge from WA to add to the entertainment along with the callers from South Australia and Victoria.
Mannum is a beautiful town on the Murray River, complete with paddle wheelers. Diesel is the preferred and safer source of power these days. There is a museum there where a comprehensive outlook is shown to explain the history of the Murray River PaddleSteamers, both side wheels and the rear Push Wheels. In the museum you can read all about it and there is also a dry dock outside – together with a workshop where the boats were serviced and repaired for many years.
We had and interesting Caller School with Keith Lethbridge on the Sunday which left us callers with a bit to think about.
After our month off – we are back dancing and had a good day on Tuesday 7th August. We had a square of dancers who were put through their paces both in the Basics before smoko and in Mainstream afterwards. If there is anyone out there who is a square dancer and is visiting the Floureau Coast we would love to have you visit and join in the fun and friendship. If you are not a square dancer and would like to learn then please come along on any Tuesday at 1.30pm – we love to let people experience this form of gentle exercise. If you can walk briskly down the street – you can square dance.
Please remember everyone that Jacqueline and I take a holiday in JULY – We will be back teaching on Tuesday 1st August 2017.
This last month started with Sunset Twirlers Birthday Dance – Congratulations to Les, Anne and the Club members for their efforts to keep the Club going so long and a great night of dancing.
JVC Square Dance has had a good month. We have been able to keep a square dancing each week and have been looking at different movements each week – working on learning the intricacies of runs and trades in the first hour each week and then after smoko working our way through the mainstream movements to make sure that none of them are misunderstood. It is a shame that more basics are not used everywhere – it seems that the push to the more advanced levels is killing the exploration of the many uses of the early basic movements. A number of the movements that I have been using has seen the comment – I have never seen that movement used from that position. The last few days has seen Scootback Squares Celebrate their 6th Birthday – Congratulations to Ian Rutter, The Committees who have kept this Club going and to the members who have made it possible. Thank you to the Callers and dancers who attended Scootback’s Birthday dance.
Happy Dancing Everyone Jacqueline and John
This Last month has been an exhausting one. Another Month full of Square Dancing. After our trip to Mt Gambier for Acey Squares Birthday Weekend we headed for Bendigo. Jacqueline and I were the only two from JVC Square Dance to attend. It was a hectic time for five days of meetings and dancing.
We had a bit of tourist time in Bendigo before we had to return home to prepare for our Birthday Dance. Before that though, I called a Country Howdown at Aldinga on the Saturday night – about 40 dancers on a small floor and live music by the Cherry Pickers Band. The Heggarties Band were there as well and later it was wonderful to see Paul Heggarty – while dancing on the floor, calling some of the moves that I had taught. We might have a future caller there. Then the JVC Square Dance 3rd Birthday. 10.00 am saw about 7 dancers come along to help Jacqueline and I set up the hall for the afternoon’s dancing – A Big Thank You to those helpers. Then we were so excited in the afternoon to find 6 squares of dancers having fun with some pretty basic Square Dancing – we had to keep it pretty easy for our newer dancers. Also a big thank you to the five callers who helped me with the entertainment – and also to the members of the Society Committee who always have supported our Birthday dances. Happy Dancing Everyone Jacqueline and John
Square Dancing this Month in Victor Harbor has been a bit slow. We had a visit from Brian and Judy from Sunset Twirlers and that enabled us to dance more mainstream. Jacqueline and I started our trip to the National in Bendigo with a weekend in Mt Gambier for Allabout Squares 9th Birthday.
The two days of dancing were really enjoyable and we had three squares on Friday night and four squares on Saturday night. Dancers attended from Adelaide, Narracourte and Melbourne. On Friday night we had three callers – Neil Wynn from Burra Squares in Macleod Victoria – John Casey from JVC Square Dance in Victor Harbor – and of course Andrea Braun from Allabout Squares in Mount Gambier. Saturday night we had Les Tulloch from Sunset Squares in Noarlunga join us with both Square Dancing and a couple of Rounds. All in all a wonderful weekend.
We returned from the Christmas break on the 7th to find we had 6 couples in attendance – Same the following week – and the next week – and then down to 5 couples last week. We have had no newer dancers attending so we did a lot of revision of some of the movements not used very often – Even Dive Thru – What a dangerous movement if people try to actually dip to go under the raised arms that are attached to vertically challenged dancers. At the average age of dancers these days I wonder at the sense of Callerlab to still have it in the list. Curlique was dropped because people were having arms twisted – Touch ¼ is so much easier and can be used to replace it quite easily – but it appears that callers are more reluctant to replace Dive Thru with Pass to the Centre – Too many word some people say – then why not rename it!!! We even danced some rectangle dances with 6 couples – everyone enjoys that. Oh by the way – Look for our Advertisement for our Birthday Dance.