DANCE AWHILE WITH A CROCODILE
The 52nd Australian National Square Dancing Convention 2011
As experienced By Doreen Wright from Hervey Bay Square Dance Club Qld.
This was my third convention and for a variety of reasons I found it the most enjoyable.
Firstly, I was back in the place I lived for over 17 years and I was able to catch up with Territory friends, enjoy the lovely Dry Season climate and all the amenities and activities that Darwin offers.
Secondly, I now feel more comfortable with my dancing and as a solo dancer I am more at ease with finding dancing partners or just joining a square or the General Round-Ups.
Thirdly, the venue was great. The Marrara Stadium comfortably held the 500+ dancers and I didn’t get
bumped or bruised once.
I invited Darwin friends as spectators and they enjoyed seeing Ali Mills of the Mills Sister fame and a local group
of Aboriginal dancers, which performed a unique and awesome opening ceremony, with me. As this was their
first contact with Square Dancing they too were impressed. By the colours and variety of the dressed sets,
by the closing ceremony by the Tasmanian delegates, who staged a pre-view of the 53rd Convention to be
held in Hobart in 2012 and by the Old Crocs’ theme on Trail Out night.
The imaginative interpretation of the theme was awesome.
I am confident in saying that all of the participants will remember this as a very happy and memorable convention.
Many dancers spent extended periods, before and after the Convention, enjoying the delights of Darwin in the Dry Season;
the many markets, the new Wharf area and its wave pool, the Fish feeding, the Crocodile Parks, trips to Kakadu and
Litchfield to name but a few. The Convention certainly brought rewards in dollar value to the host city.
This was the first time an Australian National Convention has been held in Darwin, and the Convention Committee,
with representatives from all other parts of Australia, did a magnificent job. It was said ‘thank goodness for computers’,
but really; the thanks should go to the dedicated and determined Convention Committee, the great callers and dancers
who journeyed to the Top End.
Congratulations go to the Committee, Callers and Participants of the 2011 Australian National Square Dancing Convention.
A wonderful time was had by ALL!
Some pictures to share and to show a glimpse of this wonderful event