Club News

Article for Round Up October 2021

Hi welcome to our club news. Things have settled back in nicely following the COVID lockdown. People are getting used to having to wear masks in between dances. Unfortunately we did have a minor loss of numbers due to the requirement to wear masks.

Planning is all but complete now for our learners class which at the time of writing we are yet to commence. We are looking forward to welcoming new dancers into our wonderful activity.

With the commencement of our learners class we are reverting back to our normal Tuesday night program with learners 7 pm followed by Mainstream at 8pm. This means the dancers who were learning Plus will now be joining us on Thursday nights from 23 September. It was a quick fire class however we needed to find a balance between the need to maintain numbers both nights. We also welcomed Mark, Ros, Penny & Gail from Paddlesteamer Squares to our Plus dance on 16 September

Our special night for September was Fathers Day. Complimentary refreshments with chocolates were enjoyed by all. Les did some dad songs (unfortunately there are a limited number of them)

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


Article for Round Up September 2021

Hi welcome to our club news. Just when we had got back to normal one weeks dancing and we were once again plunged into lockdown. We have since resumed dancing but one casualty was the Winter Wonderland dance which has now been abandoned.

We were pleased to welcome back Alison who has now danced a couple of nights with the last one being a full night including the Plus session at the end of the night.

Some of us travelled to Naracoorte to help celebrate Acey Squares 15th Birthday. Congratulations to Alan, Chris and your dancers for a wonderful weekend of dancing and to Graham & Les for keeping us entertained. Anne represented the Square Dance Society and presented their plaque.

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Planning is well underway for our Learners class which starts on 21 September (see our advertisement for details)

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les

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Article for Round Up August 2021

Hi welcome to our club news.

Well what a month to remember. Les Travelled to Darwin to call at the fun dance. We had one night dancing and then Darwin was plunged into lockdown with very little notice. Then SA closed the border immediately and there were a few anxious moments wondering if a return would be possible. The result was a 14 day quarantine with three COVID Tests and no club dancing. The results have all been negative so by the time you all read this we will have resumed dancing. Thanks to all our dancers for your patience.

With all the confusion and disruption and being the first night back we had no time to organise our Winter Wonderland Dance instead it was a normal club night. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Our Plus class is continuing well and we are hoping that those dancers will move onto Thursday Nights as well. We are also commencing a new learners class on Tuesday 21 September (see advertisement for details).
Looking forward to things getting back to normal.

Happy Dancing from Les & Anne 


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Article for Round Up July 2021

Hi welcome to our Club news. What better way to beat the winter chill than to dance and we hope you are all enjoying your dancing.

Sorry we forgot to mention in the June news about our Graduation Night. It was a great ending to what has been a long and interesting class. The class commenced in 2019 and was interrupted by the COVID shutdown last year. However we made it and congratulations to Russell, Pauline, Bob, Daphne, Glenis, Jasmin & Mark. Thank you to Murray Dempsey for presenting the packages on behalf of the Society. Also our graduates were the first to receive our new look badges. This is due to the unavailability of the gold dancers which were a feature of the old badge. Check it out when you see us next time.

Our special night for June was our British Night and we were pleased to welcome visitors from various other Clubs. Supper was Scones Jam & Cream and thank you to Anne for organising the supper.

Our Plus class is continuing well on Tuesday nights and have now completed about a dozen movements and we look forward to those dancers joining us on Thursdays. Speaking of Thursdays it was great to have Blythe & Irene visit us again.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les

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Article for Round Up June 2021

Hi welcome to our club news and we trust everybody is enjoying their dancing.

Well we may have missed out last year on our birthday due to COVID 19 but wow we certainly made up for it this year. Thank you to all who attended with about dozen couples for Round Dancing, three sets for plus and seven sets dancing (+ a couple more sitting out) for mainstream . We had a new caterer and despite some issues with ordering and getting the meals out to the tables everyone would agree there was plenty to eat. Thank you to Jeff, Scotty, Graham, Ian & Ros for calling, Anne for cueing and keeping us entertained. Thank you to Ingrid for the wonderful decorations, we are sure you all agree she has a wonderful talent for decorating and to Rose, Murray, Karen, Harvey, Margaret D for helping set up and Helen (Anne’s sister) for sitting at the door.

Our special night for May was of course Mothers Day Dance. We had complimentary chocolates and Bailey’s Irish Cream thanks to Les for organising this.

We have several dancers learning Plus Tuesday nights following Mainstream. Progress has been very good with several movements completed.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les

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Article for Round Up May 2021

Hi welcome to our club news and we trust everybody is enjoying their dancing. Our special night for March was our Easter Bunny Hop. It was actually a week early due to Anne & Les being involved in organising the Round Dance Festival at Easter. Supper consisted of Hot Cross Buns which were delicious and thank you to Anne for organising the buns and lots of easter eggs too.

We have successfully made the change over on Tuesday nights. We are dancing mainstream from 7pm with a break for refreshments just before 9, then at 9pm we are learning plus. We have several dancers who are learning so we look forward to them completing the class and joining us for plus on Thursday nights.

On a sad note we were saddened to hear of the passing of Tim Cartmel. Tim would occasionally visit the club with Rose on our special nights.

Also Alison has been in hospital and we are pleased to hear the operation went well and look forward to seeing her dancing again.

Looking forward to our birthday especially since we were not able to celebrate our 25th last year (see advertisement for details). We look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les

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Article for Round Up April 2021

Hi welcome to our club news and we trust everybody is enjoying their dancing. Our special night for February was of course Valentines Night. Lots of dancers dressed in red. Ingrid supplied the decorations and thanks to Rose for assembling them and anyone who helped put them up. Supper consisted of pancakes topped with strawberry jam and cream and were delicious. Thanks to Anne for organising the pancakes.

Welcome back to Peter Stavast. Peter is a founding member of the club and a past President so it is great to see him.

From the 23rd March we will be changing the format of our dance on Tuesday nights to accommodate a plus class (see below for details). Our learners class have now completed all the mainstream movements, so from the 23rd we will be dancing Mainstream from 7pm. We are now planning for their graduation. The other good thing is they will be graduated in time for our birthday dance in May.

Speaking of Birthdays planning is well underway for our 25th/26th birthday (see advertisement for details). We look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les

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Article for Round Up March 2021

Hi everyone, hope you are all enjoying your dancing. Last month we mentioned looking forward to a more consistent year. Well fate has intervened again fortunately not due to COVID 19. We missed a week of Square Dancing due to the hall floor being resurfaced. It was supposed to be done in between dances but at the last minute we were informed by hall management that it needed another week. The upshot is the new surface is fantastic for dancing.

We were all sad to hear the news that Dianne had passed away. Dianne started square dancing with us attending a learners class in 2011. That is when she met Peter Stavast. Our sincere condolences go to Peter and Dianne’s family.

Our Down Under Ball was the first event of the year. Thank you to all dancers who dressed the theme. Thank you to Anne, Rose & Margaret for organising the supper which was party pies, marble cake and vegemite sandwiches and Wayne for bringing a big Australian Flag. Les performed all Australian singing calls.

Plans are currently underway for our 25th/26th Birthday Dance. The plans include the usual dinner (COVID Permitting). Please see our advertisement for more details.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les

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Article for Round Up February 2021

Hi everyone, Happy New Year and welcome back to what we hope is a more consistent year of dancing than 2020. At the time of writing we have not yet had a night of square dancing.

We were all sad to hear the news that Eddie Lee passed away. Unfortunately the news came to us after the funeral so we were not able to send a representative. Eddie and Rosalie started dancing with us when we were still dancing at Marion (so in excess of 12 years) with most of those years serving on our committee, Eddie as both President and Vice President. They were instrumental in setting up our incorporation and club committee. Our sincere condolences go to Rosalie and your family.

One of the casualties of the COVID shutdown in November was the inability to hold the Club AGM. We are working towards getting memberships renewed and holding the meeting early this year.

Our Christmas break up was definitely the highlight in what was a difficult year.

We had our usual Christmas dinner (chicken and vegetables) with approximately 35 dinners served. Dessert was a delicious slice of Iced Christmas cake individually wrapped to meet COVID 19 restrictions. This was all followed by dancing with Les performing all Christmas songs.

We are looking forward to moving ahead by completing our current learners class. We are also planning a Plus class (more details to follow in coming months)

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les

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Article for Round Up December 2020

We are just about at the end of a very unusual year and who would have thought we would have been in recess for nearly six months. Once again thank you to all our dancers who have supported us throughout the year. The recess has now led to our longest learners class ever having started in May 2019. We are hoping to graduate our learners very soon.

In October we held our Halloween Dance. It was the first time since we resumed that we have had a catered supper. Thank you to Rose for making the frogs in the pond, Margaret for getting the sausage rolls. Ingrid provided decorations with the witches cauldron.

Thank you to those dancers who dressed the theme and the executioner made an appearance again.
To all our dancers we wish you a joyous festive season and look forward to your continued support into the new year.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


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Article for Round Up November 2020

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Things seemed to have settled down following our resumption since COVID 19 restrictions. Numbers have returned to normal with 3+ sets dancing Tuesday nights. At time of writing we continue with a split level nights starting with learners at 7pm. However it won’t be long until graduation with the learners now well into mainstream figures and everyone will be dancing together all night.

We cancelled our Charity Night this year, instead we are having a Halloween Dance. At the time of writing we are yet to have the Halloween Dance but will be a great opportunity for everyone to dress up and enjoy themselves, so more on that next month.

We also welcomed once again Pauline & Alistair, Karen & Carl to our plus night on 8 October it was good to have you guys again and great you have been coming on a fairly regular basis always welcome 

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


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Article for Round Up October 2020

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Hi all at the time of writing we have been dancing about five weeks and it is great to be back. Numbers have slowly returned to normal over this time. So once again thank you to all our dancers for your loyalty and support.

Despite the COVID 19 restrictions we managed to make our Fathers Day Dance (8 September) special with complimentary chocolates and Irish Cream.

We also had some unexpected visits to plus with Pauline & Alistair, Robert & Heather and Ros.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


Article for Round Up September 2020

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Thank you to all our dancers who have responded and returned to dancing it was great to catch up with you all. At the time of writing we have only been dancing for one week. Numbers were slightly lower than normal however we had quite a few apologies so are expecting numbers to return to pre COVID levels quickly.

Everyone adapted very well to the changes such as no swinging or arms around ladies waist for promenades and courtesy turns despite Les calling the odd swing (sorry but it is hard after 34 years of calling).

Once again thank you to all our dancers for your patience during the past 6 months it is obvious the desire is still there and hope we do not have to stop dancing again.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les 


Article for Round Up August 2020

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Article for Round Up May 2020

There is an old saying from ‘hero to zero’. it certainly feels like that now over COVID 19. One day we were only talking about closing and within a matter of hours it became a reality. Hopefully everybody is safe and well. We have not heard of anyone from either squares or round dancing who have contracted COVID 19 and lets hope it stays that way. Thank you all for your patience although we have no choice.

Our last dance on 16th March was our Harmony Day Square dance. Unfortunately Les was struck down with the flu (fortunately not COVID 19) and in everyone’s best interest decided to stay home. Thank you to John Casey for calling that night and to all our dancers for getting into the theme and dressing in Orange. Thank you to Ingrid and Rose for organising the decorations and orange table cloths. We also welcomed Murray & Karen Dempsey who were promoting the State Convention.

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Unfortunately we have postponed our 25th Birthday. We are not sure what will happen because with all the events being postponed there may not be enough time do everything when restrictions are lifted. At this stage we are closed until further notice. So we can only say to all our dancers is to stay safe and we hope to see you all dancing again sooner rather than later we are still going to be here when it is all over.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


Article for Round Up April 2020

The past month has been special in that we were blessed with not one but two international visits. Thursday 13 February we welcomed Stewart and Jacqui from England who danced Plus. Then on Tuesday 25 February we had a visit from Marianne and Mike from Germany.

Our special night for February was Valentines night. Once again a good attendance. Les performed all love songs although of which there was no shortage of songs to choose from. Great to see nearly everyone dressing the theme of Red & White. Supper was of course strawberries cream & ice-cream. Thank you to Rose for getting the strawberries and Anne for getting the cream & ice-cream.

Ingrid, Anne & Les visited Wild Frontier for their 47th Birthday congratulations. Congratulations to Les on being nominated by the SA Callers Association to sit on the Australian Callers Federation Board.

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


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Article for Round Up March 2020

Our numbers remain steady with 4 sets dancing most nights so far this year (including the Down Under Ball). Good to see our learners enthusiastically participating in the special nights. Their progress continues and will be commencing their first mainstream moves shortly.

Our first special night of the year was our Down Under Ball. Great to see nearly everyone dressing the theme of Red, White, Blue, Gold or Green. Les performed Australian songs for the singing calls. Supper consisted of pie floaters (party pie in homemade pea soup) and lamingtons which were absolutely delicious. Thank you to Rose for making the soup and getting the pies, Anne for getting the lamingtons and for coordinating the kitchen, Margaret helped in the kitchen as well.

Les, Anne, Rose and possibly Maarty will be travelling to the Blue Mountains to attend the National Convention meaning we will be closed for 2 weeks. See our advertisement or visit our website or the SASDS website for dates.
Plans are well underway for our 25th Birthday. Of course the theme will be silver. The format will be similar to recent years (order as you go dinner). We will be entertained by our featured caller David Todd (NSW) who called for our 21st Birthday only this time we will be joined by his wife Rosalind who edits the National review. Should be a great time. Please see our advertisement for more details

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


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Article for Round Up February 2020

Our learners class continues to make good progress through the program. Numbers currently remain steady with twelve dancers.

In November we held our Annual General Meeting. The election for President resulted in Rose Wood being elected. Congratulations Rose. Thank you to Eddie Lee for several years service as President. There were no other nominations but since the meeting Margaret Dunstone has volunteered as a committee member. Ingrid Cottrell continues as Vice President and Rosalie Lee as Treasurer.

Our Christmas dance was a tremendous success. We ordered 35 dinners and had to send out for more. Thank you to Eddie Lee who once again handled the ordering of the dinners, Rosalie Lee for making the delicious puddings for dessert and Beverley, Dennis, Wayne, Pam, Gary, Sally, Trevor, Anne, Rose, Brian, Judy and Ingrid who all helped on the night with either setting up, decorating or helping in the kitchen. Rose gave a speech, thanked Eddie and Rosalie and presented them with a card and gift recognising their service. We also had a visit from a guide dog in training.

It is great to welcome everybody back for the new year. At time of writing we have only had one week back but numbers have been good so looking forward to a great year ahead completing our 25th year.
Happy Dancing from Anne & Les 


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Article for Round Up December 2019

Our learners class continues to grow, we now have twelve dancers with equal numbers of men and women. We are making good progress through the program

For our September charity night numbers were not as good as expected, however we did manage to raise $200 for the CFS. Thank you for all who attended.

In October we celebrated Halloween. Thank you to those who dressed the part, we saw the return of the "Executioner" only this time he had a much bigger axe. There was a visit from Count Dracula (aka Dennis), the usual spooky singing calls and a disgusting looking supper. We also unearthed a hidden talent amongst us with a special performance by Maarty and Zoe at supper time. Thank you to everyone who helped with the decorations as well.

Anne, Les, Brian & Judy travelled to Mt Gambier to attend their 36th Birthday. Congratulations to Pine City Twirlers and thank you for a great night of dancing.

We are looking forward to our Christmas dinner in December which is usually very popular and well attended. We wish all our dancers a joyous festive season and look forward to your continued support in 2020. 

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


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Article for Round Up November 2019

Our learners class is continuing to grow now with eleven dancers . The numbers are still as equal as they can be with five men and six ladies, a very welcome boost to dancer numbers on Tuesday nights

Mainstream numbers still remain slightly lower than normal. Phyl has returned from her cruise around Japan but rough weather caused some unexpected destinations. Anne and Les travelled to Melbourne to attend the Victorian Round Dance Festival along with Harvey & Diana. Gary & Sally returned briefly after their holiday in Europe and are off again for another couple of weeks. Eddie & Rosalie travelled down to Mt Gambier only to have trouble with the caravan which resulted in the caravan having to be left down there for the axle to be replaced. Anne has not been well and has missed several nights dancing, lets hope for a speedy recovery

Some of us travelled to Victor Harbor to help Paddlesteamer Squares celebrate their 11th Birthday. What a glorious day in paradise. Congratulations and thank you to Paddlesteamers for a great afternoon of dancing.

Our AGM will be held this month and we welcome dancers who would like to stand for committee and help Anne & Les in managing the club. Thank you to Ingrid and Rose for standing as candidates to the SASDS Committee elections . 

Happy Dancing from Anne & Les


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Last updated 30th September 2021