Welcome to Wild Frontier Square
Adelaide, South Australia
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Jeff & Susan Seidel & Wild Frontier’s Committee welcomes members and visitors of all levels and experience for fun filled evenings of square dancing.
Wild Frontier is one of the oldest and most popular square dance clubs in Adelaide, South Australia, and celebrated its 38th birthday in February 2011. Some of the original members still dance each week, Caller, Jeff Seidel has been with the club since its inception. New members are welcome and there is a learners intake every year.
Along with its sister club, Kannella Squares, all popular levels of square dancing are catered for – from basic Learners right through to Adv 1 & 2.
Keep up to date with what’s happening at Wild Frontier’s and square dance activities coming up (scroll down for the latest news) also see our 2011 Diary (vertical menu on left under CATEGORIES)
SQUARE DANCE TIMES
Wild Frontier Club
Begginners classes are held every year Thursdays 7.30 PM – 10.00 PM
In the hall next to Kensington Gardens Uniting Church,
29 Brigalow Avenue, Kensington Gardens SA 5068.
Click on the top bar “Learn To Dance” or “Contact Us” for mor information.
Beginners Plus Classes every Friday 7 PM to 8 PM: followed by Mainstream: 8 PM to 10.30 PM
In the hall Adjacent Morialta Uniting Church, Chapel Street, Magill, SA 5072
Kannella Squares Club
Adv 1st & 2nd: Tuesdays of the month 7:00 PM to 8.00 PM; Plus: Tuesdays 8:00 PM to 9.30 PM
In the hall Adjacent Morialta Uniting Church, Chapel Street, Magill, SA 5072
Mainstream Graduation Class March 2010 (click on image to enlarge)
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Tribute to Colin Andrew Huddleston - by Jeff Seidel
Colin Huddleston was born in Broken Hill on the 1st May 1914 & would have turned 100 this year. Colin was Australia’s most well known caller, due to the fact he was on the very popular Reg Lindsay’s Television country music show for many years.
Colin was a founding member of S.A. Callers Association & the S.A. Square Dance Society Inc. & was a Life Member of both organizations. Colin also had his hand print laid in concrete in Tamworth for his contribution to Square Dancing & Country Music in Australia. His square dance equipment is also on show in the museum for country music in Tamworth for all to see.
Above: One of Colin’s sets that performed on the Reg Lindsay show: From Left to Right: Kevin & Dulcie Matthews, Peter & Lyn Cram, Colin Huddleston, Barbara & Derek Cliff, Val & Don Muldowney.
Colin & Sophie had a very friendly club & Wild Frontier often exchange evenings together. We even had one when channel 9 came along to film the evening. Colin’s hall was adjacent to the Glenelg Fire Station & during the course of the night the fire bells sounded. All the dancers evacuated & left Colin calling away to an empty hall; he never missed a beat!
I found this photo of Jeff and Colin on the Societies web page - Roger M
Wild Frontier held a surprise birthday party for Colin’s 69th birthday. Graeme Whiteley (TAS), Steve Turner (WA), Wally Cook & David Hooper (Vic) were just some of the callers that joined the party. We had around 350 dancers & friends attending this party in our old hall at Kensington Park just opposite the Chelsea Theatre.
People still relate to Colin when making comments about square dancing & whether or not it’s still going. Colin was a great friend; Susan & I were with him the night he died which was a very sad occasion for square dancing in Australia.
Click on the link below to see historic square dance footage in which Colin is featured - Roger M
Memories of Colin Huddleston — From Dulcie Matthews.
Kevin and I first started square dancing in 1953, at Port Adelaide. At supper time we would place a rug on the dance floor and have pikelets (I made), coffee, sandwiches cakes etc…. we always ended the evening with the LAST WALTZ.
We then joined a square dance club at the Palais in the city and danced up to 300 with a band. The callers varied some came from interstate including Jim Vickers Wills from Victoria. From this Colin Huddleston formed his own club, which we then joined. Colin hosted a club at Gordon Street, Glenelg every Friday night. Beginners started at 7.30pm and Advanced dancers at 8.30pm. Colin’s wife, Sophie would sit at the door and take the entrance money. In the cold of winter she would have a rug on her lap to keep warm and always had a huge lolly jar close by for all to share. The entrance money included complimentary tea and biscuits during supper time. The regular dancers started to bring their own basket suppers and at supper time the teenage dancers would walk a short distance to the fish & chip shop to buy hot chips.
Colin was then asked to bring a square dance set to Channel 9 located at Tynte Street North Adelaide. This is where he joined Roger Cardwell in the weekly time slot. Later Reg Lindsay took over from Roger Cardwell and a full live band was featured. The show ran for more than 7 successful years the band included such members as:
Norm Koch on Banjo, John Crossing on Piano John Hall on rhythm guitar
Bob Cunningham -singer Brian Smith on drums
Trevor & Dennis Warner on guitars/ steel guitars John Birmingham on bass
Jill Freeman/ Wills sisters (including Anne Wills) - were featured singers.
Then Colin organised to take the band on the road to country towns (e.g. Kimba) with a set of dancers. This was a huge success!! We entertained in footy clubs and various halls and the grateful hosts always put on a “Very Special “supper for the entire group. These nights were a great success so Colin, Sophie, Kevin and I travelled to more country towns teaching vim and I. Colin would get the crowd up with the support of Kevin and me. He really was the best teacher and could always enthusiastically get the crowd up and dancing on their first night usually to the tune of “Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny”. One time at one of these events they had a chocolate wheel to raise money for the footy club. The winning number was #17 and the prize was a dressed suckling pig. Unfortunately I had ticket #16. The next morning we were invited to a delicious country style brunch at a local farm. When we were leaving, to my surprise, they presented me with my own dressed suckling pig, which I shared with Sophie. This is just one example of the wonderful country hospitality shown to us every time we visited country South Australia, with Colin. I always made sandwiches to eat during the long drive. Colin’s favourites were my home made pickled onions on fresh bread with butter.
Colin was a happy and endearing character with an eye for the ladies- this lead to his nick name of Colin “CUDDLES Huddleston”. Kevin and I frequently recalled those “good old” days with much fondest and happiness.
Thanks to Dulcie Matthews for her memories of Colin. Graeme Whitely has also sent me his memories of Colin & I will pass them on later.- Jeff Seidel
Posted on April 10th, 2014 by Roger M
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Posted on March 29th, 2014 by Roger M
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What a fantastic location for a Square dance, we really should have advertised this as a “Food Wine and Square Dance Feast”. I have started this report whilst on our Clare weekend away sitting in our caravan, recovering from Sunday’s 10 o clock torture. My knees are so sore after dancing on hard floors and concrete, or should I say “sorer” they were not that good to start with.
Seven Hills Winery
Our weekend away all started a few days ago, some dancers arriving at the Clare caravan park on Wednesday, prior to the drinking feasting (and some dancing) activities. Helen and I arrived at around 2,00 PM on Thursday to find a small community ensconced in their caravans and cabins eying the tourist brochures and planning their attack. It was lovely to have a staffed tourist information centre alongside the park, through a gateway along a short path; the staff were very helpful and every time I visited, I bumped into familiar club faces.
Thursday was a rather hot day, but Friday morning it was around 6 C first thing (6.30 AM when I took our dogs for a “wee” walk). That evening we all danced in a large covered BBQ area which had a smooth concrete floor, located in the centre of the park. Whilst the shed could have easily accommodated 10 squares, that night we only managed 4. The dance was advertised to start at 7.00 PM, however the dancers had to wait until 7.50 PM for Jeff who was held up in the pub waiting for his meal. Not a great start to the weekend, but we all soon warmed up with the hot beverages and Jeff calling at what seemed to be 150 bpm.
The BBQ shed
Saturday morning I went off to visit Neagles Rock lookout and bumped into Lois, Kevin and Pat on a dirt read also looking for the place. They did not accept my offer of a lift so I went on and after about 10 kilometres realized I was way off track so I returned to find them still trudging on. They again declined my offer of a lift and I eventually found the place using my GPS. The road it was on had no sign and it was difficult to find, (later I found it was well signposted if coming from town rather than the caravan park). Again info on how to reach the summit was confusing two alternative tracks were shown on a site plan, I took the alternative which turned out to be closed (fenced off and overgrown for many a year) so had to returned and use the other track. Both routes were very steep and hard to get a grip without slipping back, eventually heart pounding and after lots of puffing and panting I reached the top.
View from the lookout
Upon returning to our caravan, I took a closer look in the tourist guide which states:
“Neagles Rock Rd, Clare. A beautiful remnant of natural bush land, spectacular views from rocky outcrops. Walking trail for vigorous walkers only.”
For me, this trip was supposed to be a restful break, definitely not vigorous, no wonder I was knackered for the rest of the weekend.
In the afternoon Jeff gave a Plus dance / workshop in the shed, then after a short break most of the dancers were off to Bently’s Hotel, one of the pubs in town, for a meal prior to moving on to the local Lutheran Church hall for our evenings entertainment. The food at Bently’s appeared to satisfy all, I did not hear one single complaint about quantity or quality. That night we initially managed 6 squares up on the parquetry floor with a few sitting out (or like us - absent at the start) but most of the time we only had 4 squares up because people were content to sit round the hall with a hot drink catching up on all the gossip.
Saturday Nights Venue
Kevin & John were having a good time ... Honestly!
As were Chris Anne Roger & Mal
Look at the CONCENTRATION!
Believe it or not, Ken always clogs whilst square dancing
It was nice to see Bob and Margaret again who drove up from the Riverland and also Lyndall, Denise Kerry & Kevin who drove up from Adelaide just for the day. John from Victor gave Jeff a break by calling a great hoedown and “singer”, he has a very pleasant voice. Before we all knew it, 10.30 had arrived and we all decided it was time to go home, it would appear that most of us just don’t have the stamina of yesteryear.
Sunday 10.00 AM it was back to the Caravan park BBQ shed for a mainstream workshop, this time Jeff was early, he does enjoy what we call “10 o’clock torture” (at heart he must be a sadist and us dancers masochists). He had us in knots simply calling basic level moves from right and left hand waves rather than facing couples, even the simple call “wheel around” proved difficult to many of our dancers, especially after promenading in a clockwise direction.
Too knackered to dance
“Flutter-wheel” with the lady on the left was of interest and “Dixie-Style to an Ocean Wave” seemed difficult, I cant remember if it was left handed or from an unusual starting point. Needless to say by 12.00 Noon most of us didn’t know if we were Arthur or Martha, and that included some of our most experienced dancers. It can sometimes be difficult to execute a call whilst trying to remember its definition because usually we do them in “auto” mode from the “usual” run of the mill starting point. I think a lot of dancers were happy to eventually cross arms and go up to the middle and back, but I do hope the session got their little grey cells wobbling. Well done Jeff, we all need more tuition, we should do this more than once a year.
After the workshop, those who had a job or other things to do on Monday said their farewells and headed back to Adelaide. Many of the remaining dancers also disappeared off to the wineries for lunch and liquid refreshments perhaps to numb their memories of the morning workshop. Maybe they didn’t really need to numb those memories because many had been previously numbed the day before. Clare Valley is a beautiful spot, restaurant wineries everywhere 3 pubs in the town all serving food, Asian, Indian and other restaurants plus a magnificent Bakery that’s been in Clare’s main street since 1879. I can personally recommend their pies, apricot and apple slices Banbury’s and passionfruit cheesecake, served in rather large portions (this must be another 5 kg trip).
A typical Clare Valley cellar door restaurant
Believe it or not after all this feasting we all gathered yet again on Sunday evening for a communal BBQ in our familiar “shed”. Around two dozen dancers sat down to consume even more wine and food. The BBQ area was certainly very popular, another group about the same size as ours commandeered one end of the shed and the two on site BBQs were rather overworked, so much so I used my own small gas stove and plate (we had not been to the wineries for lunch and I did not want to eat at midnight).
More food and wine at the BBQ
Is that red eye flash or too much wine?
Eventually when the wine and food had disappeared, our weary mob headed for their beds. What a great weekend this has been. Monday, the next day, our mob and most of the other people in the caravan park had disappeared and by 11.00 AM, the place was deserted. Except, Guy and Deirdre’s caravan remained (no sign of them, their car was missing). So Helen and I went off exploring Mintaro, Martindale Hall and visited a friend who owns a vineyard next to Annie’s Lane Winery. When we got back we eventually caught up with Guy and Deirdre who had been out sampling the local produce and spent a lovely time with them chatting over a couple of bottles of local elixir. By then, the temperature was dropping and the time for bye byes was approaching.
We saw the Wellman’s depart on Tuesday morning just after 10.00 AM, they were going to do some more local tourist things enroute to Mannum. Its great to spend time in a place and look at the local attractions, our weekends away usually seem to be rush in, dance, rush out next day, then back for a dance rush off to a meal, then rush off to an evenings dance then up early for Sundays workshop then rush home or rush out and grab another tourist event, then rush home early next day.
Remember “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” you should “take time to smell the Roses” otherwise you will soon be “pushing up Daisies”.
Were all alone, the've all gone home.
Well done Wild Frontier and Kanella Squares committees and an especial thankyou to April for doing a lot of the organizing and sending me her photos of the clubs BBQ (I totally forgot to take photos - blame it on the Cab Sav). It’s lovely to visit a small country community, away from the madding crowd, we must do this again.
Posted on March 27th, 2014 by Roger M
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Tribute to Allan Frost Square Dance Caller S.A.
Allan Frost called for around 30 years & was one of Australia’s finest square dance callers. This year he would have turned 100 years old on the 20th March. Allan started calling in S.A. when square dancing was in its infancy & getting on its feet. One of his clubs was the “Southern Cross” which he started & ran for 20 years. He then took over the “Seacliff Weavers” club in 1973 from Roger Weaver & it was renamed “The Weavers” square dance club, where he called for some 18 years. That same year he was asked to run a dance for the YMCA at Elizabeth, where a club was formed not long after & became known as the “Shooting Stars”. Allan called for this square dance club on a fortnightly basis for about 10 years.
I started my first club in S.A. in 1973 which was the Wild Frontier Square Dance Club. With a lot of help & guidance from Allan, I got my new club off the ground & running. Allan gave me encouragement & helped me as a new caller which I have never forgotten. But it was Allan who really put S.A. on the square dance map by introducing a higher standard of calling & a higher level of dancing in this state. Allan was highly regarded throughout the country & a great draw card at our Australian National Conventions with his smooth style of calling & clear melodious singing voice.
A founding member of the South Australian Callers Association, the S.A. Square Dance Society & the Australian Callers Federation. He was a Life Member of all three bodies’. He was also the convenor of the 1974 - 14th Australian National Square Dance Convention here in Adelaide.
I have invited Allan’s son Raymond to add his personal tribute to his father & this has been attached to mine.
A personal tribute by Raymond John Frost,
son of Allan Raymond Frost.
On March 20th 1914 Allan Raymond Frost was born in Broken Hill New South Wales and if alive today he would, this year, be celebrating his 100th birthday. It is with this in mind that I would like to briefly reflect on his life as I knew it.
I have just turned 70 and it was only the first 21 years of my life that I actually lived with my parents Allan and Lorna Frost at our home in Adelaide. I will always remember as a kid growing up in Australia in the 50’s, it was a dream of mine, as it was with many others of my generation, to travel to England on a working holiday.
My Father and indeed my Mother, always supported me in this dream, even though I always knew that they would have preferred that I stay at home. In all of the years that I lived away from home, neither of them once applied any pressure upon me to return home. This I really appreciated. I have spent the past 50 years living abroad, 9 of those years in England and the remainder in Canada.
Dad was always a pillar of strength for me and was blessed with the type of personality that people related to. His personality and ease in relating to others enabled him to become the successful Square Dance Caller that he was. Prior to his calling career he did of course participate in this activity as a dancer. Although young at the time I will always remember his introduction to square dancing in 1952.
Dad was never the type of person to attend dances but I remember an Aunt of mine collaborated with my Mother to have both of their spouses to attend an evening being held at a local Church in Lockleys. Dad and my Uncle were just told that it was a Church event. Dad came home that evening absolutely elated with this new found activity (Square Dancing) and was really looking forward to return the following Saturday. Many of you know what that Saturday evening back in 1952 eventually led to, a second career as a Square Dance Caller. I would be remiss if I did not mention the incredible help and support given to Dad by my Mother, which greatly contributed to his overall success in this endeavour.
I will not go into detail on this as I know that Jeff can provide much more insight than I.
Over the years my Dad made 8 trips to Canada to stay with me and I returned to Australia many more times than that. These trips enabled us to stay close and in touch.
When Dad became stricken with Cancer in 2000 I returned immediately to Australia and spent the last two weeks of his life at his bedside in Hospital. During his hospitalization Dad was more concerned about others close to him than he was about himself. He was particularly concerned that I had travelled all this way just to spend most of my wakening hours at his bedside. I told him many times that he had cared and nurtured me for the first 21 years of my life and it was an honour and a privilege for me to take care of and be with him in his final days.
Bonne Fete Papa Happy 100th Birthday
Je Taime. I love you.
RAYMOND JOHN FROST
Posted on March 8th, 2014 by Roger M
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