ACTIVE AGEING: Square dancers place an emphasis on fun, friendship and gentle exercise.
ACTIVE AGEING: Square dancers place an emphasis on fun, friendship and gentle exercise. Contributed

Square dancers round-up at Gold Coast

AN ANNUAL event that has been running for 36 years has for the first time been held on the Gold Coast.

Over the last weekend of July, about 200 square dancers from as far afield as Tasmania flocked to the Albert Waterways Community Centre to do what they most like doing - square dancing and rekindling friendships with fellow dancers.

The convention was a joint effort between the Queensland Callers Association and a local Gold Coast club, Burleigh Squares.

Its members dance most Saturday nights at the Maher Hall, 42 Matilda Street, Burleigh Heads, from 7pm.

Club president Karen McCarthy said square dancing was a non-competitive activity with the emphasis on fun and gentle exercise, both physical and mental.

"Spectators who witnessed our convention were amazed to see so much enjoyment, laughter and enthusiasm happening in one location, without the need of alcoholic beverages or other stimulants," she said.

Burleigh Squares is accepting learner and refresher square dancers during August.

For details, go to the website www.isquaredance.net or phone Karen on 0415 832 137.


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