Welcome to Wild Frontier Square

Dance Club

 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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Contact Jeff: phone 08 8263 5023

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We Have Some New Dancers

Class of 2013

Class of 2013 (Well some of them anyway)

The night of Friday March 13th revealed a full moon, those amongst us who are superstitious were no doubt trembling, hiding beneath their bedclothes which were no doubt stacked high with blankets because it was a very cold night.

Not so at our Chapel Street venue, the heaters were on and many a soul braved the night to attend Wild Frontier’s beginner’s graduation dance. It was a great night, the wine (literally) flowed well, complemented by a great selection of Australian and international cheeses, all set up in the entry foyer, much to the delight of our dancers, who tended to congregate in that area; Jeff had to frequently call them back into the hall to do some dancing.

In spite of the adverse weather (and other perceived conditions) the dance was well attended. Initially we had six squares on the floor, but this soon reduced to five for the remainder of the night (Jeff’s calls back into the hall may have fallen on some deaf ears).

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Jenny, John, Yvonne, Jeff and Heather from SASDS

Throughout the night, our new dancers handled themselves with aplomb except, when Jeff (as usual) couldn’t restrain himself and called all eight circulate from outward facing lines. This year our club like many other had a fairly sparse beginners class, (quality always beats quantity). As I said to our new graduates John and Yvonne when our square broke down a few times, “it was not your fault” a couple of other supposed mainstream dancers caused the breakdowns. John and Yvonne joined our beginners class late in the year, we were already well advanced and it is pleasing to see how well they have picked up our pursuit. John who started with two left feet and no right hand now has one of each, above and below his waist – well done John.

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Our youngest dancer – well done Esther

Heather and Shirley attended on behalf of SASDS and with Jeff and Jenny made presentations to our new dancers, who immediately put on their new Wild Frontier name badges. Whilst we had 11 new dancers on paper, unfortunately two of these have left for greener pastures in Sydney NSW (where they will continue to dance). Elija, one of our youngest dancers decided he would attend his brothers birthday party so his sister, Esther, our youngest dancer collected his presentation for him; David, Jennifer’s husband, did likewise for her.

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Jenny David & Jeff - Jennifer is much better looking and doesn’t have two left feet
(eh David?)

Glenn

Glenn & Jeff

John

Jenny John and Jeff sometimes we had three  Johns at beginners, which was quite confusing (e.g if Jeff said John face the other way)

Helen

Helen, a regular at our beginners class, now a very proficient dancer.

Shirley

 Shirley another good dancer and a  backbone of our beginners class

It always amazes me how much square dancers can eat. After demolishing piles of cheese, biscuits, greens dips and other nibbles, everyone tucked into a huge supper of sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, cakes chocolate buscuits and other assorted sweet stuff. Then they all did the Monte Carlo then some more dancing.

We eventually got home around midnight. It was a great night, everyone enjoyed themselves, so we will no doubt do it all again next year. Well done Jeff, Jenny, the committee and all those who helped out.

Visitors to Wild Frontier

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Visitors to Wild Frontier Square Dance Club in January this year were Janet Cook and husband Frank from Stradbroke Squares in Sale where Janet calls.

We enjoyed dancing to a bracket of Janet’s calls which added some variety to our regular Friday night dancing. We love Janets visits and calling when she comes to Adelaide.

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Other visitors in April this year were Ian and Bev Fisher from Harmony Squares across the Tasman in Christchurch, New Zealand.

It’s always great when visitors from overseas make the time and effort to locate and attend local square dance clubs, especially when they go to the trouble of bringing their square dance gear with them which is not always easy with airline luggage restrictions.

Colin Huddleston

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.

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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!

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpNgYNWOx4s

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