To everyone who has already registered and those who were going to.
It is with heartfelt disappointment and sadness that we have to inform you that we can no longer ‘Live our Dream’ in Darwin 2021.
Due to Covid-19 it has become apparent that it isn’t in the best interest of anyone’s health to hold our 62nd National Convention next year.
This decision has been a very difficult one and agreed on by the Darwin Committee and the Australian National Square Dance Conventions Board.
There will of course be a full refund available to everyone who has already registered and paid.
Updates regarding future National Conventions will be provided by the ANSDC Board once the Board has considered all factors and completed their careful deliberations.
We would like to sincerely thank you all for the support shown for the Darwin National Convention and hope that we will all meet on the dance floor in the not too distant future.
Marilyn van Sambeeck
62nd Australian National Square Dance Convention
Due to the Covid -19 virus, All clubs are closed for the foreseeable future.
Please check with the Clubs Management and/or Club Callers before thinking about attending.
Remember, clubs are closed to help keep everybody safe.
Square Dance Australia is the premier site for Modern Square Dancing in Australia which has been going for over 60 years and is best described as “fun and friendship set to music”.
It’s called “Dancing” – Square Dancing is danced in groups of four couples following the instructions of the caller.
As a caller sings a song whether it be to Rock N Roll, Country, Jazz or Modern Hit Songs.
It will contain the ‘steps’ or moves required by the dancers to follow in time with the music.
Below we give you some idea of what this exciting pastime is all about
In Modern Square Dancing, Dances are cued by Callers who can choreograph the same song with a different mix of moves depending on his and the dancer’s capabilities, thereby always making square dance different & challenging yet an enjoyable activity for everyone.
Good callers will call the moves in a ‘freestyle’ fashion making it a fun workout or a great ‘hoedown’ to challenge the dancers and have fun at the same time.
A Healthy Activity:
Many people try Modern Square Dancing as a way to socialize others go for exercise, meeting new friends, fun, fitness, stress relief, ‘brain food’ and all the health benefits associated with an energetic aerobic workout they can enjoy.
Square dancing has been shown to counter the effects of Anxiety, Depression, Asthma, Obesity, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Stress, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Aging and many other curses of “growing older”, so the sooner you start – the greater the benefits.
It’s a great way to become more coordinated, physically & mentally healthy and socially interactive so why not act – belong & commit to a Square Dance club near you – “Do it now”.
There are over 160 active square dance callers and approximately 200 clubs located throughout Australia. You can dance daily, weekly, fortnightly or even monthly if you wish.
Each club offers something different in it’s own special way. Perhaps you could try to visit and dance at as many clubs as possible to experience the wonderful diversity in Australian modern square dance.
Modern Square Dancing is structured in levels to make it easy for you to learn.
The first level is Basic, this will get you dancing.
Next comes Mainstream, This is the level danced at most clubs and at National Conventions.
The next level up is Plus and it goes on to higher levels eg: A1 & A2 & higher if you wish to learn more, so Modern Square Dancing gives you plenty of challenges at a level you can enjoy.
The diverse range of music and songs used in Modern Square Dancing also makes it a very attractive alternative to people from other dance activities like swing, zumba, ceroc, vogue, tango, bokwa, boot scooting, line dance, round dance, ballroom, salsa, latin, old time, flamenco and clogging.
Most Square Dance Clubs also offer Round Dancing with others including Line and Contra dancing.
An Australian National Square Dance Convention (ANSDC) is held each year in a different State or Territory and we have included a list of past and upcoming Conventions on our events page.
These conventions are the feature dance of the year with people coming from oversees and all around Australia to join in and celebrate this magnificent event.
What Languages are Used:
One of the joys of Modern Square Dancing is that once learned, you can dance in any country as all the calls are done in English, So once you learn how to Square Dance at Mainstream level, you can travel and Square Dance all over the world.
On this site you can follow links to each State to locate clubs and callers nearest to you in – Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, & Western Australia.
This is a very brief overview of square dancing in Australia with lots more fascinating facts to learn and explore.
Kept short and sweet Square Dance is a great way to have fun!
If you wish to inquire about learning how to square dance – Please use our Free Call number 1800 643 277
From this number will be linked with the nearest club and we will have the local representative follow up and help you get started.
This number is usually answered in person between 9 am and 4 pm EST, on weekdays, but you may leave a message and we shall return your call as soon as possible
We wish you fun times and hope to meet you on a square dance floor soon .
If you click on the buttons below, you can watch some video’s as an introduction to Modern Square Dancing.