Wow what an experience, square dancing as it used to (and should) be. On Saturday 17th March, Jeff and a group of Wild Frontier Dancers visited the Training Ship Adelaide at the Naval Yard just west of Birkenhead Bridge. We joined the Adelaide Old Time String Band– no not a waltz mob, more of a bluegrass old time country band. They comprised 15 instruments for the night, banjos, fiddles, ukuleles, guitars and a double bass.
The Proper Way To Square Dance !
We used the naval yard wharf as a dance floor with the band grouped in front of one of the sheds on the wharf; seating in the main comprised hay bales.
Our Wharfside Venue
They Even Had A Bath On The Wharf !
Without any prior rehearsal, as a warm up before the event got under way, one Wild Frontier square got up and the band kicked off with Jeff calling a hoedown. It was so sweet to dance to real live, “manned not canned” music”, the hoedown was just great.
When the evening got going our dancers pillaged the audience and we all formed up into a big ring to teach the newcomers some basic moves. This was a great way to introduce them to squared dancing, it really accelerated their learning rate and very soon we had 5 squares up on the asphalt. The surface was not the best for square dancing but no one cared, we had a lovely blue sky, warm evening sun, lovely reflections on the port river and even the dolphins popped their heads up for a short time.
Jeff & The Old Time String Band
The Dolphins Popped In For A Look
By the end of the night we had one square of newcomers and a second square with only one experienced dancer in it and they were going great. Whilst the attendance was less than anticipated, we managed to get a lot of the audience up and on their feet and importantly THEY ENJOYED THEMSELVES AND SO DID WE, so much so some have expressed an interest in coming along to our club.
Taking A Rest
For those of you who sat at home watching the telly, you missed out big time, but, not to worry, the future looks bright. This event could be the start of something BIG, we hope to do some more work with the band, so WATCH THIS SPACE
Sea Cadets (The One On The Left Looks Like Officer Material)
Thank you Jeff for some great calling and thanks also to our dancers Carol, Heather, Helen, Jenny, Jenette, Lois, Pat, Sandra, Senga, Barry, Darryl, Gerry, Graham, John, Ken, Kevin, Roger &, Tony. We need more people like you to support our club and promote square dancing. Imnportantly, thank you Training Ship Adelaide for the venue (and the sausage sizzle) and The Adelaide Old Time String Band.