Friday night cha cha, rumba, tango and fun

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

A passion for dancing and mixing with like-minded people is what attracts couples and individuals to the Balmoral Dance Club.

Meeting every Friday evening in the Scout and Guide hall on Glasgow St in Balclutha to trip the light fantastic, club member Carole Hennessy said she loved it because it is a very social club.

“We meet regularly, and I know everyone here.

“I love doing it because it’s good for my health and movement,” she said.

The club offers mainly social sequence dances, with some old time and ballroom mixed in.

Sequence Dancing is a sequence or routine or pattern of steps that is set to music and includes old favourites such as the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, blues, cha cha, tango, saunter, jive, stroll and bossa.

“Our members and friends travel from wide and far to come to the dance nights, with some coming from as far afield as Oamaru, Dunedin, Riversdale and Gore.”

The Balmoral Dance Club had its beginnings as the Foxtrot and Foot Tappers Dance Club in 1987 with meetings held in the Rosebank School Hall.

They soon transferred to the Balmoral Church Hall and changed their name to the Balmoral Dance Club in 1987.

They remained there dancing each Friday night until 2013 when an alternative site was needed as the church had been sold.

Members initially found it a hard task as they needed a hall with a suitable wooden dancing floor.

“They are very scarce, but we now have a satisfactory partnership with the scouts and their hall suits our purposes very well,” Mrs Hennessy said.

In the beginning the music was provided by the talented pianists Evelyn Mosley and Agnes Bagrie, then the club graduated to tapes, and then on to CDs, as technology changed over the years. Now most of the music is played back from a laptop with club members taking turns to MC the musical selection each night.

Mrs Hennessy said that anyone interested in sequence dancing, should come along to see what they thought.

“We are a friendly enthusiastic group and would endeavour to partner anyone who wants to have a go.”