Square and Round Dancing will be on show this weekend at the South Australian State Square Dancing Convention to be held at the Lutheran Hall in Mannum.
Modern square dancing in Australia has been enjoyed for the past 60 years and is filled with fun and friendship set to music.
Danced in groups of four couples following instructions by a caller who choreographs a song with a different mix of moves depending on his and the dancer’s capabilities, creating an amazing spectacle and a vibrant ‘hoedown’ to challenge participants and have fun at the same time.
SA State Square Dancing Convention Convener, Jeff Seidel said guest caller and bush poet, Keith Lethbridge, will travel from Western Australia to attend the convention.
“Our State convention is an annual event held on the last weekend in August”.
“It’s open to all square dancers, members or not, and we have visitors from SA, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia”.
Mr Seidel said he was part of the the oldest square dance club in South Australia at Magill, which he started in 1973.
“We turned 45 in February and I’ve been calling for 51 years.” he said.
“Square dancing is a very sociable pastime, families, young and old can enjoy this activity, and it is danced throughout the world.”
It will be the first time the SA Square Dancing convention has been held in Mannum and organisers expect 170 dancers to be showcasing their favourite moves, according to Mid Murray Council Acting Mayor Kelly Kuhn.
“We welcome the dancers to Mannum as they will bring a new look event to our town and the convention committee hope many people will make their way to the Lutheran Hall,” she said.
The SA State Square Dancing Convention will be held at the Lutheran Hall on Cliff Street Mannum.
The public are welcome to come and watch at no charge between the hours of 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Friday, August 25 and and Saturday 26.
Mid Murray Councillor Jeff Hall will officially open the convention at 8.00pm on Friday night.
For more information, call the Mannum Visitor Information Centre on 85691303 or visit www.mannum.org.au.