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The joint was jumping on Saturday night, May 19, when the SA Police Dixieland Jazz Band hit the stage to warm up over 250 people gathered in the ballroom. Tables and booths decked with candles and nibbles were filled with an excited audience determined to have a good time; they were not disappointed. The heritage ballroom was filled with the chatter and laughter of kids and adults thoroughly entertained by the antics of the police band members.
The SA Police Dixieland Jazz Band performed two excellent jazz brackets, and children from the Lobethal Primary School (age 8 – 12) had a great time showing off their square dancing skills. They had been practicing square dancing for a couple of months under the watchful eye of Jo Taylor (teacher and club member). As Jeff said on the night, he, Helen and I only visited the school three times!
Jeff Only Had 3 Practice Sessions With The Children
With Jeff calling and music supplied by the jazz band, the children gave an accomplished performance and did two dances, including the Grand Colonel Spin (some of our dancers have trouble with that dance). They received a standing ovation from proud parents, the band and the audience (square dancers and non square dancers). There was a lot of cheering clapping and whistling. Good job, well done Lobethal Primary School!
After the two jazz brackets, supper tables were brought out onto the dance floor, and as everyone gathered around the food, Lloyd our MC drew the mega raffle, whilst the cabaret tables on the dance floor were removed for post supper activities. It sure was a mega raffle we had 35 prizes ranging in value from $15.00 to $180.00
Lloyd Our MC With Jeff
Post supper activities comprised – you guessed it –square dancing. Jeff got all the experienced dancers up on the floor for some mainstream dancing then asked them to go grab a non dancer. He then gave some basic instructions and soon had everyone squire dancing. The ballroom floor was packed, we had 12 squares on the floor, this is the way square dancing was in the good old days. I wish we could do this each week, the ballroom would then be our regular dance venue, alas, we this many dancers to pay for hire of the venue.
With over $1800.00 worth of goods donated to us, split into a Kids Raffle, a General Raffle and a silent auction (a queen-sized quilt worth $300.00), plus the prior proceeds of some club raffles and other activities, our very successful fundraising campaign raised a creditable $3,400.00 for Camp Quality.
Camp Quality is an organization, devoted to the support of children with cancer including their parents and siblings. Their motto is “laughter is the best medicine” and they organize many fun camps and other activities for these children, it was on one of these camps that Wild Frontier first made contact with Camp Quality clients when we had a fun square dance with them.
We sincerely thank both our and other square dance club members, everyone else who attended the function and the following businesses / organizations for their support.
Adelina’s Café, Burnside Library Complex; Burnside Pet Care Centre, Toorak Gardens; Camp Quality, Gouger Street, Adelaide; Chelsea Cinema, Kensington Park; Chemmart Pharmacy, Marryatville Shopping Centre; Chemmart Pharmacy, Pasadena Green Shopping Centre; Greater Union Theatres; Hair Machine, Burnside; Lobethal Primary School; Lorraine Platten; Marryatville Hotel; Massage Life, Pirie St, Adelaide; Domain Mitre 10, Westbourne Park; National Pharmacies, Cumberland Park; Neds, Pasadena Green Shopping Centre; Scarce Real Estate, Tusmore; South Australian Police; Spice Kitchen, Leabrook; Supreme Quilts, Unley; Top shot Photography, Blackwood; Wild Fox Wines, Prospect; Rita & Colin Neave; Roma Matthews
Wild Frontier has square danced in the Burnside Council area for 39 years and will be celebrating its 40th birthday on Saturday 16th February 2013. Anyone who joins our beginners class in July this year will be competent enough to come along and celebrate with us, hopefully in the Burnside Ballroom (we are still awaiting confirmation that the Ballroom is free for hire on that night).
If you would like to make a donation to Camp Quality or are interested in learning more about squarer dancing, please contact us by clicking on this link http://wildfrontiersquaredanceclubinc.com/blog/?page_id=187 or phone 8357 5094, or meet Jeff and some of our club members at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market on Sunday 1st July.
The night was a success, thanks to the large contingent of parents teachers and students who trekked down from Lobethal, enthusiastic support from our club members and square dances from other clubs including two dancers from Matamoras Squares Victoria.. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the school headmaster Gary North who provided a coach to transport his square dancers and some of their parents down to Burnside.
A big thank you to Jo & Jeff for teaching the kids to square dance, Lloyd for his contribution as MC, the committee and others who put in the effort to make the night such a success, or as one of the Lobethal Primary School square dancers said “this is the bestest night ever”