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 Welcome to Wild Frontier Square

Dance Club

 Adelaide, South Australia 

 

Jeff & Susan Seidel & Wild Frontier’s Committee welcomes members and visitors of all levels and experience for fun filled evenings of square dancing.

 

The popular Wild Frontier Square Dance Club is the oldest square dance club in Adelaide, South Australia, and celebrated its 42nd birthday in February 2015. 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

Every Friday:
Beginners classes-  7.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
Mainstream-               8.00 PM to 10.30 PM.
In the hall Adjacent Morialta Uniting Church, Chapel Street, Magill, SA 5072
Click on the top bar “Learn To Dance” or “Contact Us” for mor information.

Kannella Squares Club

Every Tuesday:
Adv-     7:00 PM to 8.00 PM;
Plus-   8:00 PM to 9.30 PM
In the hall Adjacent Morialta Uniting Church, Chapel Street, Magill, SA 5072
Click on the top bar “Contact Us” for mor information.

For more information:

Contact Jeff: phone 08 8263 5023

or contact us on-line by going to our contact page (see ContactUs option on top horizontal menu bar)

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More photos of Jeff’s 50th

Thank you Deirdre for taking the following photos:

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Our Golden Boys – 50 Year Celebration Dance

On Saturday 11th June 2016, Wild Frontier and Kanella Squares celebrated Jeff’s 50 years of square dance calling.  Poor old sod, life has certainly worn him down, not long now for his first Zimmer frame.  I hope the club is flush with money, his next gift will have to be a mobility scooter and they are quite expensive.

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The way we are all going, we will need to change the club logo to this.

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From the look on his face, Jeff is plotting an evil hoedown

We had a magnificent turn out to witness our Golden Man’s milestone,  Around 100 people turned up to celebrate  this epic event, we managed 9 squares up on the floor which was a bit of a squeeze  at our Chapel Street venue. Many dancers were sitting out flapping their gums, whilst many more were in the foyer seeking refreshment (tasting the wine).

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Our Chapel Street Venue was overflowing

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Whilst many people attended, our Golden Boy’s dance, his minder couldn’t make it

Callers  assisting our “Golden Man” were: Janet Cook, Stradbroke Squares, Melbourne; Les Tulloch, Sunset Twirlers Noarlunga and Paddle Steamers Victor Harbor; Peter Scott, Yorky Promenaders, Kadina;  Ian Rutter, Scoot Back Squares, Adelaide and John Casey, JVC Squares, Victor Harbor.  All attending callers and presidents of the visiting square dance clubs, gave a brief address and congratulations to Jeff.

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Janet Cook called

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Les Tulloch called

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Leon from Paddle Steamers thanked Jeff, (Les often calls at his club)

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Peter Scott called

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Ian Rutter called

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John Casey called

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Old Gold also put on a good show

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Malcolm from Scootback Squares thanked Jeff

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Jan Woodget and Heather Couts birthdays were organized to coincide with this event

Wild frontier’s El Presedente’ Jenny Battersby delivered a magnificent speech on behalf of our two clubs, recognizing Jeff’s unique achievement.  I was very lucky she didn’t rattle it off too fast because my shorthand is a bit rusty these days, but I reckon I got it all down OK and this is exactly what she said:

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Firstly, thank you all for coming along tonight to help Jeff celebrate this milestone and I would also like to take a moment now to thank the committees & helpers for their work putting the night together – especially Pal Chesney and also Doug, Heather Coutts & Anne Tuckfield.

Wow, 50 continuous years of square dance calling – what an amazing achievement.

There are still one or two dancers around that remember a young Jeff Seidel visiting Alan Frost’s club and everyone saying how fast he called.

Even at an early stage his calling talent was recognised and over the years Jeff has been acknowledged for his authority on the technical aspects of square dance choreography. Jeff has attended and conducted many caller clinics & workshops and was a founding member of the Australian Callers Federation & South Australian Callers Association.

Jeff’s passion for & dedication to square dancing has not only taken him around the country but also around the world and over the years he has devoted many hours to introducing thousands of people to the joy of square dancing.  Not only calling for a learner’s class on–a regular basis but also calling & teaching Plus and Advanced through to Challenge levels; as well as doing many demonstrations.

Unlike we dancers who go on holiday for as long as we want, when we want or if we’ve had a rough or busy day or the weather is miserable – we just decide to give it a miss that night – but Callers don’t have that luxury and with few exceptions Callers have to be there every club night, come what may.

For several years Jeff was calling 4 club nights a week, a monthly Saturday and also other functions including Society dances, club birthdays and Conventions; as well as other caller and club responsibilities and working full time.

In fact, over such a long time Jeff’s commitment and dedication would have meant many sacrifices of time spent with family and friends.

We are lucky that Jeff loves what he does and as a consequence we have one of the best callers in the country on a weekly basis.

So, on behalf of Wild Frontier, Kannella Squares and everyone here I would like to thank Jeff for his long time commitment to Calling and present him with this plaque as a token of our appreciation.

We would also like to present you with a Memory book to mark the occasion.

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Jeff with his plaque.

Lucky Jeff got a memory book, because his memory must be slipping a bit these days, what with his age and decadent living.

I didn’t take a proper picture of the plaque but this is what was inscribed on it (plus Jeff’s caricature)

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Celebrating 50 Years Square Dance Calling,

With appreciation from those you have taught encouraged called for and cared for,
in Sunraysia, South Australia, around Australia and around the world.

Wild Frontier & Kanella Squares.

After Jenny’s thank you and presentation of the plaque, Jeff cut a cake made by Heather Couts, especially for the occasion.

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Most of the dancers in the hall had learned with Jeff, including  one of the callers, Janet Cook.  Also, Jan Woodgett’s, daughter Alison, learned to square dance at Jeff’s when she was a kid.  In fact Jan and the whole family learned at Jeff’s when they arrived in Australia, I assume like me as £10 Poms.

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Alison with Joan (isn’t she grand OBN and still dancing)  and Jan Woodget

Les and Anne, were the only two SASDS board members present, but I felt they were representing Sunset Twirlers.  Sadly no one turned up to represent the Society. Whilst congratulating Jeff on his achievement, Les made what I thought was a very personal thank you.  Les said that when he was a square dancer, he danced to, “a young Jeff” and seven other callers, all up on stage at once calling a hoedown.  You know the sort of call, one caller calls one part, then another caller calls another part etc., usually ad-libbing the calls.  Les said he was so impressed that it was there and then that he decided “I want to be a square dance caller”, which he has been with success for the past 30 years.

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Then it was back to dancing

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And more dancing (Les is thinking what do I call next?)

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There was a lot of happy dancing

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But many just sat out and watched

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Took a break

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And relalaxed

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Some talked about the good old days

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Others clowned around

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Some hid in the kitchen claiming they were rostered on

I left at around 9:30 supper was on its way and the joint was still jumping.  It was rather hectic in the kitchen, there were two Heathers and many more.  Heather Couts was cutting up the lovely cake she had made.  I did manage to scrounge a morsel before I left.  Yum!

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But there was no escaping, it was a golden event!

It was a very successful, well attended, well organized dance and a big thank you goes out to the committee, the visiting callers and especially our Golden Boy.  Well done all involved.

A Royal Visit

On Friday 15th April, Wild Frontier hosted “royalty”; well at least that’s what we in the square dance fraternity consider to be royalty.  Dulcie Matthews and her daughter Sue plus Joan and Ollie Clarke visited our club.  Who?  Dulcie is the widow of Kevin Matthews, a founding member and the 1st president of the SA Square Dance Society.  Joan Clarke (nee Huddleston) is the daughter of Australia’s most famous square dance caller Colin Huddleston.

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Joan (wearing Colins hat) Jeff and Dulcie 

Colin became Australia’s most famous caller, because for many years he was on the very popular Reg Lindsay country music TV show.  He was born on May 1st 1914 in Broken Hill NSW and later moved to Iron Knob in South Australia.  His parents died when he was young and he was raised by his grandparents.

In 1927, at age 13, he left home to work at numerous jobs, including boundary rider along a section of South Australia’s dog fence, and as a fettler on the Ghan railway line.  During his travels he became very interested in country music and would entertain around the campfire. He would also travel hundreds of kilometres to attend country music shows, sometimes on a camel.

In 1953 square dancing was taking off in Australia and it caught Colin’s interest, especially when 4500 attended a dance at Centennial Hall in Adelaide; Colin decided to form his own club. In four months he had a large following; his children often provided the backing music on the piano for his calling.  Colin became “the” square dance caller on Adelaide’s Reg Lindsay “Country and Western Show”. He also travelled with Reg teaching people how to Square Dance.

In 1980, illness forced him to reduce his work load and he transitioned into radio, presenting on Adelaide’s 5UV country music program “Colin Huddleston’s Country Hour”.  In 1984 at the South Australian Country Music Festival Awards, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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1983 Colin was inducted into the Hands of Fame Park, Tamworth

Colin was a founding member and Life Member of the S.A. Callers Association & the S.A. Square Dance Society Inc. he also had his hand print laid in concrete in Tamworth in recognition of his contribution to Australian square dancing and country music. His square dance equipment is on show for all to see in Tamworth’s “Australian Country Music Hall of Fame” museum.

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Tamworth’s Australian Country Music Hall of Fame museum.

Sadly, Colin passed away on July 6th 1988

Click on the link below to see an ABC video featuring Colin (he’s the one with the hat and glasses).  The video also shows some of the “essentials” missing at today’s square dances, a live band and a large number of dancers, many of them in their teens.

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During their visit, Dulcie and Joan were reunited with some old friends, notably Jeff and our own Joan Smith (OBN).  Ollie gave a short dissertation about Collins life including details of a visit he and Joan made to Tamworth where they were enthusiastically welcomed by staff at Tamworth’s Hall Of Fame museum.  Jeff presented Joan with one of Colin’s hats once given to him.  Joan and Ollie will take this hat and some of Colin’s other clothes to be displayed in Tamworth’s museum, because, whilst they have some of his equipment, they did not have any of his attire.

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Joan, Jeff and Dulcie (this time its Joan Smith OBN)

For those who attended, it was a most pleasant evening, one to remember.  Go take a look at that video; they must have been great times.

Passing the Hat

Collin Huddleston’s hat was given to Jeff following Collin’s death. Jeff gave the hat to Collin’s daughter for use in a museum display at Tamworth.

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Handover of Collin’s Hat