June 26, 2008


This dance extravaganza will take place on Friday 3rd October – Sunday 5th October 2008,  Warners Bay High School,   Cnr King & Myles   Streets, Warners Bay  NEWCASTLE  NSW 2280

Friday:       7.30pm - 8.00pm Rounds;  8.00pm - 10.30pm Squares 
Saturday:   12.30pm - 2.00pm  Rounds; 2.00pm - 4.00pm Squares; 5.30pm 3 Course Dinner at the School; 7.30pm - 8.00pm Rounds: 8.00pm -11.00pm Squares 
Sunday:     12.30pm - 2.00pm Rounds; 2.00pm  - 4.00pm Squares; 7.30pm - 8.00pm Rounds: 8.00pm - 10.30pm Squares.

W/end tickets  @ $38.00 pp    Saturday 3 course dinner @ $15.00 pp.  Session tickets available at the door.


Bookings must be completed by:  14 September for catering purposes

Email:  or Phone Violet (02) 4950 1128

The Hunter Valley Square Dance Society Inc AGM will be held on Sunday  5th October 11.30 am 

Cheques & Enquiries may be sent to - 

Hunter Valley Square Dance Society Inc.
PO Box 3024 Glendale NSW  2285.  

Jeff Seidel Honoured

June 20, 2008


At the 49th Australian National Square Dance Convention, Jeff Seidel, caller for Wild Frontier and Kanella Square clubs in South Australia, was awarded life membership of the Australian National Square Dance Convention, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Australian square dancing and national conventions.

Jeff joins a small but illustrious group of life patrons first established in 1989 when Jim White received this honour.  Since that time others honoured are:  Ron and Ella Whyte, Graham Rigby, Laurie and Kit Spalding, Roy Petty, Gary Brown, Jan and David Woodget, Bev and Nev McLachlan, Ivan Dawes, Marion Brown and Barry Chandler.

Well done Jeff , SDM wishes you the very best.

Life Patron Award

TAWS Inaugural AGM

June 16, 2008


I attended the Travel Australia With Square Dancers (TAWS) inaugural annual general meeting on 6th June 2008 at the Australian National Square Dance Convention; Brisbane.

I counted 57 attendees (with many apologies).  This is encouraging, considering the inaugural meeting held at the SA National Square Dance Convention in June 2007 had 29 attendees.  Mal Harrington, the associations currently sends emails to approximately 300 TAWS members.

Many TAWS members danced at the TAWS Casino hoedown in NSW prior to attending the 49th National in Brisbane then moved on to Budrim (the birthplace of TAWS) on Tuesday 10th June, to spend some time on maintenance tasks at the dance hall there, prior to a further weekend of squared dancing on 13th -15th June.

The Objective of T.A.W.S. is to provide an opportunity for, and to encourage those interested in, both modern square dancing and travelling to combine these two activities for mutual enjoyment.  RV’ers meet according to events listed on the TAWS calendar and have a wow of a time.  To find out more email Mal & Chris Parrington at

A Successful 49th Convention

June 15, 2008


 The Queensland 49th Australian Square Dance Convention committee are to be congratulated; they ran a very successful convention at a splendid venue, the Sleeman Centre, in Chandler, a suburb of Brisbane.  The venue, a sports centre surrounded by gum trees bush gardens, BBQ break out areas and many capacious car parks, was built for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

More than 1100 dancers enjoyed the dancing, with 81 listed callers and cuers.  Approximately 60% of attendees travelled from interstate and overseas including USA, Canada UK, and New Zealand; 47 dancers made the trip from Japan.

The convention was opened by Brisbane councillor Adrian Schrinner who is extremely supportive and during his opening speech suggested square dancing be adopted as the official dance for the state of Queensland.

The convention theme was based on Walt Disney’s movie The Lion King.  Outstanding stage props and an opening ceremony incorporating an African group Paparasa African Drums ensured the convention started with a bang (excuse the pun).

The dress set parade and dance was spectacular with 45 dress sets; 6 from Japan (one Australian made up the numbers), 3 from New Zealand, 1 from USA, 1 from Tasmania, 2 from ACT, 2 from SA, 2 from Vic, 3 from NSW and an incredible 21 from Qld.  Approximately 80 non registered spectators looked on and some asked where they could learn to dance.

It was pleasing to see approximately 40 fellow crow eaters made the trip up to this memorable event.  Well done Queensland!  In anticipation, I eagerly await Perth 2009 and have already registered.