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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

Begginners classes are held every year  Thursdays 7.30 PM – 10.00 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.

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
Click on the top bar “Learn To Dance” or “Contact Us” for mor information.

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
Click on the top bar “Learn To Dance” or “Contact Us” for mor information.

 

 

  Mainstream Graduation Class March 2010 (click on image to enlarge)

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Contact Jeff: phone 08 8263 5023

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Have Bike Will Travel – A Short Travelogue

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[John and his wife Yvonne graduated as Wild Frontier mainstream dancers in 2014 and are staunch supporter of our club. John recently found he had a health issue and is living life to the full. He has penned this article for you all to enjoy. Good on you John grab every moment! Ed]

Sometimes a random thought can turn into a great adventure.

A few months ago I added the notion of riding my motorbike to Darwin to my ever increasing bucket list. It seemed prudent to delay the adventure until Darwin’s wet season was over and the outback temperatures dropped, thereby making the trip far more comfortable.

A reunion with my best man, Roger, whom I hadn’t seen for some 15 years had us discussing old times and future plans. On hearing of my planned trip Roger, who hadn’t ridden a motorbike in 28 years, was hooked. Within a week he’d bought a bike very similar to my own Suzuki 800cc Boulevard and was set to go.

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 The Endless Stuart Highway

We’d both bought communicators that fitted into our helmets, allowing us to speak to each other as well as streaming music from my phone to the speakers mounted inside my helmet. They were a godsend as aural isolation is the one downside of motorbike riding over long distances.

Weather wise we were blessed as the only rain we encountered was an hour after our ANZAC Day departure and conveniently it started as we stopped for a morning coffee at Port Wakefield.

Our first night was spent at Glendambo, a small settlement of some 30 people that is really no more than a petrol stop, pub and cabin and caravan site. We had a lovely dinner followed by a few games of pool while watching the footy on TV.

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Roger’s comment that outback South Australia was hit with the ugly stick wasn’t far from the truth with very long stretches of monotonous moonscape. There is however beauty to be found in the colours of the landscape if you bother looking deeper.

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The Beauty of Central Australia

We crossed the Northern Territory (NT) border a short distance before our next stop over at Kulgera. There was a plain black postcard on sale there, with the words ‘Night life…Kulgera’. That said it all. However the food was good and the beds in the cabin were comfortable after a long day in the saddle.

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Our Latest Recruit

We noticed a dramatic change in scenery shortly after the NT border with a previously unsighted dimension, elevation, being added to the landscape. There were many beautiful areas of large rust hued granite hills and boulders with gum trees, straw coloured spinifex and other low lying shrubs set against the ever present clear deep blue sky. Riding through the area was almost a spiritual experience and I thought to myself how privileged I was to be doing this trip.

We arrived at Alice Springs around lunch time. Roger and I had both worked in the Alice back in 1977. We briefly parted company, I caught up with an old friend for his birthday at the fire station and Roger rode around to see the old haunts. We then met at ANZAC Hill overlooking the town before having a nutritious lunch at Hungry Jacks….everything is relative while on the road!

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Our destination for the night was Wycliffe Well whose self-appointed claim to fame is being the UFO capital of Australia. I have to say they take it very seriously and there is no shortage of all things alien on display and naturally for sale.

Another decent night’s sleep after our third day on our hogs and we were off again, destination Daly Waters.

This stretch of our journey was my favourite, as not far out of Wycliffe Well in Karlu Karlu National Park are the Devils Marbles. A geographic feature that should be on everyone’s ‘to see’ list.

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A Small Bit of The Devils Marbles

Until 20kms or so south of Daly Waters we had seen very little road kill and very little in the way of animals barring some emus north of Port Augusta. That began to change as the occasional dead cow and more dead wallabies were to be seen, not a welcome sight by any means.

A number of people had recommended we stay at Daly Waters and I’m glad we took their advice. The small settlement built around a WWII officers’ mess was full of character and characters. Even the omnipresent backpackers staffing these outback establishments had morphed into typical outback characters. It is easy to see why Anna the Irish backpacker waitress had been there for two years with no plans of leaving soon. The extensive dining area and bar were filled to the brim with all sorts of paraphernalia from 20 metre rods hung from the ceiling filled individually with baseball caps, knickers and jocks, t shirts, thongs to walls covered in bank notes from all over the world, business cards, number plates, old implements, certainly a feast for the eyes and worthy of a stay much longer than the night we were there.

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Daly Waters Service Station – You can even drop in by helicopter

And in this remote oasis I had the best eggs benedict for breakfast I’ve ever had. Who would have believed that!

The day ahead would see us arrive into Darwin but not before a detour to see Katherine Gorge. While it seemed a good idea at the time, that and the time trying to find a replacement mount for Roger’s GoPro camera set us behind time-wise.

We had been warned that the Daly Waters to Adelaide River stretch of road was dangerous with cattle, horses, pigs, buffalo, kangaroos and wallabies being ever present and particularly at dawn and dusk.

We cautiously arrived into Adelaide River as night fell, our eyes keenly watching the road ahead and to the side. On leaving Adelaide River and with night now upon us came the most embarrassing couple of hours of our trip. Here were two now road hardened bikers riding 50 kilometres per hour under the 130 kph speed limit continually worried that we’d run into some beast that would ruin what had been a great adventure. I may have been hallucinating but I’m sure we were passed by a little old lady in her Morris Minor on her way to church. What should have taken us just on an hour to reach Darwin took double that. Though unlikely, the thought of running into a stray animal while on our bikes so close to our destination had us putter along the 120 kms distance to Darwin doing 80kph.

Thankfully we safely arrived at the airport and rode into my son’s employer, CareFlight’s premises only to see Ben waiting for us out the front in the moonlight. He’d been monitoring us on the GPS tracking app I’d set up on my phone for the trip.

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John at his destination with his son Ben

CareFlight are contracted by the NT government to do the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service north of Elliott.

3,145in Darwinkms covered without incident, reconnected with my best man, what a relief, what a journey, what a privilege, what memories.

Submitted by John Ragg

 

I AM GRUMPY

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I am often told I am a bit grumpy. I reckon that if you are old like me and you are not grumpy, then you must be totally unaware of what is going on around you in today’s chaotic world. You must have your head up your bum and can’t see or hear what’s happening around you.

One thing that makes me grumpy is people complaining about events they could fix but are too apathetic to do so. This includes square dancers who complain about arrangements, the venue, the food, the caller, value for money etc. What they should realize is that you only get out of life what you put in. Those who complain the loudest are usually those who don’t put in. They should just get involved and help organize such events. If you don’t get involved don’t complain!

Some dancers in our club don’t like dancing with those who are less competent than themselves. But they forget they too were once in that situation. We all know that 6 competent dancers can, if they are so inclined, help and carry two weaker dancers. But no, they don’t do that, they stick together wherever possible with other competent dancers, lets face it, then they don’t have to think, they just effortlessly go through the motions finishing smugly with a “look at us, our set didn’t break down like some of the other sets”. Conversely most of the weaker dancers can’t be bothered trying to improve their skills, they don’t bother attending Jeff’s learner’s classes where they could get a free refresher course and hopefully help the new incoming dancers learn the ropes.

It was more than one year since I last danced so at long last I tried out my knee by attending last Thursdays learners class. And what did I see? The same dedicated few working hard to help the newcomers learn to dance. No other “expert dancers” were present. No weaker dancers trying to improve their skills were there either. Where has our sense of community gone? No wonder square dancing is struggling to survive, the majority of dancers just don’t put in, they only take out, and if what they take out is not to their satisfaction they whinge.

If Jeff, Jenny, Gerry, Barry, Pat, Ken, Steve and Kevin took the same position as most club members, we would not have enough learners to replace those falling off the perch or progressing towards Zimmer frames.

Come on Wild Frontier make an effort, put something back into your club.

Our Upcoming May Dinner Dance

Go to Jeff & Jenny’s News Desk (top bar of this page) for the latest news including details of our upcoming May dinner dance which will be held in our traditional venue, The Old Mill Hahndorf

SASDS 2015 STATE CONVENTION

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Your SASDS State Convention Committee members:- Anne & Allan Tuckfield, Jeff Seidel, Jan Woodget, Pat Markwick, Sue & Jeff Bottroff, plus Roger & Helen Marchant are all working hard to make this year’s convention a memorable event (see below). The selected venue, the Nuriootpa Soldiers Memorial Hall has one of the best dance floors we have seen, beautiful pressed metal ceilings an elevated stage and very comfortable seating in the upper balcony, more than 60 dancers have already put their name down to attend.

Richard Muir from WA will be our feature caller and it appears some other interstate callers may also join us. Friday night happy hour and meal will be at the Vines Inn, a short stroll from the dance venue. The Vines offers a scrumptious ala carte menu with salad bar at very reasonable prices. And you won’t have to rush changing into your dancing togs, you can leave the pub dressed as you are, Friday night’s dance is casual dress.

The Barossa Valley Tourist Park at Nuriootpa – phone (08) 8562 1404 – has an extensive selection of cabins, caravan parks; and camp sites. Quite a few dancers have already made a booking! We are currently negotiating a discount, this will be taken into account when paying the balance of your booking fee (one night deposit at full rate). When booking your accommodation, tell them you are with the square dance society group.

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