Hundreds of square dancers descend upon Buderim

EIGHT hundred square dancers will hoot and holler at Buderim at the end of this month, primed and ready to "doh sa doh" and "allemande" at the 57th Australian National Square Dancing Convention (June 29-July 3).

Convenors are Bev and Nev McLachlan (64) who have a square dancing school in Buderim. The first convention was held in Canberra in 1960 and this is the tenth time it has been held on the Sunshine Coast.

Bev (61) has been dancing since 1973 and is excited at the thought of welcoming dancers from all Australian States, the ACT, NZ, Taiwan, Germany, the U.S. and the U.K.

"Modern square dancing is a lot different to what we see on old western movies," she told Seniors. "The music and costumes are more up to date but the traditions and heritage are still very important.

"Square dancing is worldwide and uses a universal language so that dancers in any non-English speaking country can follow the calls. As an example, we have Taiwanese and Germans at this Convention"

She said it originated with the early settlers in America who brought dances from the many countries of their origin. 

"The settlers would get together and teach each other parts of their own dances. The square dance still included some of the steps from French, English, German, Irish and other national dances.

"It's a wonderful form of exercise and mentally stimulating. It's also a great way of meeting people and renew friendships," she said.


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