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Square Dance weekend – April 2008

November 17, 2007

Wild Frontier Square Dance Club and Kannella Squares combined weekend away will be at Berri/ Barmera in the Riverland.

The dates are April 4th - 7th 2008.

Please book now for your accommodation in the Lake Bonney Holiday Park, Lakeside Drive, Barmera SA 5345 Ph.85882234

Wild Frontier Christmas News

November 17, 2007

Christmas Dinner 

Wild Frontier Square Dance Club will be holding a combined Christmas Dinner with Kannella Squares.

Once again we are up Hahndorf at the "Old Mill".

Date: Monday 26th November 2007

Please see Lois or Penny to book your tickets now!

Club Break Up Dates: December

Kannella Squares: Monday and Tuesday 17th and 18th

Wild Frontier: Friday 21st. Party Night

Square Dance Magazine

November 16, 2007

Square Dance

An online magazine for square dancers world-wide that lists calendars of square dance events. Square Dance Magazine is a resource where square dancers can find out about future dances, plus read square dancing articles and reports that include photos of recent square dance activities, hence the magazine format.

If you are a square dance club without a web page, you can post articles and information on this site, you can even have your own club page. This is a FREE service, given to you in the true spirit of square dancing. Initially we will post your information for you, but, once we recognize you as a bona fide organization, you will be able to post your own articles.

Initially much of the content will focus on Australian square dance activities but we expect this to change with time and to take on an international flavor.

We invite contributions from square dancers and square dance clubs anywhere, and welcome regular contributors who we can set up with personal access to the web-site via the WordPress interface which makes contributing articles very easy.

Our goal is to promote square dancing on a world-wide basis as an activity for young and old. Share this web-site with your friends and help us promote square dancing.

TAWS Post-National Activity 2008

November 15, 2007

T.A.W.S. POST NATIONAL WEEKEND OF FUN and DANCE
BUDERIM SQUARE DANCE CENTRE
13-15 JUNE 2008

All TAWS members (and those who are not yet TAWS members) are invited to attend a "Fun & Dance" Weekend on 13/14/15 June 2008 at the Buderim Square Dance Centre, Dixon Road, Buderim.  The weekend will be based on good dancing, fun and friendship, so please put these dates into your diary and plan to join with us after the 49th Australian National Square Dance Convention in June 2008.

The dancing programme will be Mainstream through to A2 with all levels well catered for.  One of the activities planned for the weekend will be a "wine and cheese tasting".  The full programme will be published early in the new year. 

For further information, please contact Mal and Chris Parrington on 0415 812 772 or Leighton and Sandra Bloomfield on 0410 680 229.

Jim Pead’s Rovin Corner

November 6, 2007

YOUR ROVIN’ CORNERS

Jim and Betsy travel across the US and around the world, dancing and promoting dancing. Each month we share with you our experiences and thoughts. This month we want to talk about square dancing in California and Texas and “giving” in square dancing plus some special dances.
 
The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving has come and gone, along with “black Friday” at the stores and we are well into Christmas parties and our “Square Dance Christmas.” In some areas, Christmas calls for lots of dark nights while square dancers celebrate Christmas in other ways. In “Let’s Square Dance” the British square dance magazine, we found a listing for the Lune Valley Ocean Waves annual “Twixmas” in Carlisle 2007. For 139 British pounds per person get three nights dinner, bed and breakfast and three nights dances plus workshops! December 27-30. Contact Chris and Trevor Day chrisday_narca@hotmail.co.uk
 
Many square dance clubs have Thanksgiving feasts and celebrations, special dances for “Toys for Tots” and entertaining at nursing homes and other venues during this season. One long-time, highly successful event is the annual Thanksgiving/Toys for Tots dance in San Jose. There must be many more around the country.
 
Among the gifts you are bestowing on other folk this year could be the opportunity to learn to dance. Many of you have worked hard to get new dancers into class and are supporting them as they learn to dance. We were particularly impressed with two groups on our recent flying trip to San Jose, CA. The Santa Clara Valley Square Dance Association has their big annual “Jubilee” each year in October. This year they made a concerted effort to draw non-dancers to beginning dances and then announced a “Blast Class” the following three Saturdays. Ruth Reigelhaupt-Herzig taught the group. By the end of the day, the students have a bit of the ”deer in the headlights” look, but they covered the entire mainstream and plus program in the time alloted. Now they will gain experience dancing with various clubs and become finished dancers. We attended their graduation program which was inspiring and will bond the dancers to dancing for some time to come—especially with the help and support of the members of the clubs where they will dance.
 
John Sybalsky has been calling for 35 years, many of those for the Stanford Quads in Palo Alto, California. The club is a high energy, APD plus level club. We went to the first night of instruction and found some 37 new dancers eager to learn our favorite activity. John was doing an especially good job of teaching. With minimal talking, maximum dancing, the new dancers covered a LOT of calls, with most dancers alternating “boy” and ”girl”so they truly learn All Position Dancing.

We see a variety of systems to teach beginners. They all work. Whether the traditional 30 weeks from September through May, the Blast Classes, and the multi-start system. When the classes are taught skillfully, with enthusiasm and sensitivity they succeed. .
Finally, two special events: March 29 and 30, 2008  with the Funnyfish (guy.leclere@club-internet.fr) in Nice, France. The Funnyfish are a small group near Nice, one of only 4 square dance clubs in France keeping the spirit of square dance alive. They have no regular caller, and dance mostly to records. Michael Braithwaite of England is doing their special. If you want to do something different and enjoy a great welcome, contact the Funny Fish of Nice.
 
Many U.S. clubs (and almost all European clubs) are “singles and couples” clubs. The Single Square Dancers U. S. A. are having their 38th Dance-A-Rama August 28-31 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. The three “Tims” (Crawford from Canada, Marriner from N.C. and Tyl from Texas) headline the program. They have excellent tours and lots of dancing planned. After the National Convention, this is annually one of the best weekends in the country.   All are invited – couples and singles alike.  
 
We continue to have many international square dance contacts and are often contacted by dancers traveling abroad for suggestions and contacts. We are happy to provide some direction and suggestion of places to dance. We would love to hear from you and your experiences dancing overseas (as well as this country!) just email: jimbetsy@aol.com.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
Your Rovin’ Corners, Jim and Betsy.

T and T Round Dance Club News

November 6, 2007

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Here we are once again coming to the end of another year with Xmas just around the comer, where has the year gone. This year we are having our Xmas luncheon on Sunday 25th November at the Walkers Arms followed by a dance at the Chandelier. If you would like to come to our dinner you do need to book with me. All will be welcome to the dance after the lunch. With the SARDA dance being held on Saturday 15th Dec our last Thursday dance will be on the 13th. We must say Happy Birthday to Jeffrey who celebrated his big 75thlast month. Our Learners Class dancers are still very keen and are Waltzing along with their Rumba Cha & a little Two Step not bad for 14 weeks. I must say Kay, who came along to learn the mans part, is doing really well. Hopefully some will have attended their first SARDA dance held in October. Some are coming along Sunday afternoons for a brush up on what they learnt on Friday. Sunday our new 12 O'Clockers are being pushed along at a steady rate and are coping quite well with the new dances they are learning adding Quickstep, Bolero Tango and a little Jive. Congratulations.

On Thursdays we are doing quite a bit of revision on some of the older dances, with so many over the years, a lot don't get danced very often and need to be revised, along with newer dances presented, such as the Onedine Waltz, a Phase 6 Waltz. We have missed Isabel lately who unfortunately has been on the sick list. We hope you will be well soon.

All for now Thelma

Wild Frontier News

November 4, 2007

A BIG THANKYOU to Colin and Ivan for calling while Jeff was away in Canada. They provided us with a good fun atmosphere and good calling, even a fractured rib couldn't keep Colin down! Thank you also to the dancers who came along and supported them. Welcome back to Jeff, Susan and the boys, I'm sure we'll hear plenty of travel tales over the coming weeks. We have had our AGM and we welcome to the committee any new members and thank you to all members of the previous committee for your service during the past year. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

Hope to see everyone at our combined night with Shooting Stars on Saturday 10th and I'm sure Jeff and Trevor will give us a great night as always.

Have you got your tickets yet for the Christmas Dinner? We are back at the Old Mill, so it's a smorgasbord feed and dancing as well - casual dress and everyone is welcome. If you wish to sit with anyone in particular please give the committee a list (tables of 10 maximum please). If you don't have 10, or you don't mind who you sit with, it doesn't matter just let us know and as always we will make up 'pot luck' tables.

I can't believe Christmas is almost here already - our next special night will be our Christmas breakup on the 21st December, stay tuned for details.

Happy dancing, Jenny.

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