Welcome to SquareDance.org.au and SquareDanceAustralia.com
"Square dance is fun & friendship set to music"
This is the official website of the National Square Dance Society of Australia.
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Welcome to the official web site for the National Square Dance Society of Australia (NSDSA).
Modern square dancing in Australia 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 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. Each caller can choreograph the same song with a different mix of moves depending on his and the dancer's capabilities, thereby making square dance always different, challenging yet an enjoyable activity for either sex. Good callers will call the moves out in a 'freestyle' fashion making it a fun workout or a great 'hoedown' to challenge the dancers and have fun at the same time. The instructions are always called in English so once you learn how to square dance at mainstream level, you can travel and square dance all over the world and enjoy mainstream modern square dancing. The next level up is Plus and it goes on to higher levels eg: A1 & A2 & higher if you wish to learn more. Many people try 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 Square Dance "Do it now". You can view an introduction to square dance online and see the joy of square dancing or view - 'Square Dancing Keeps You Young' feature.
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.
Each year we hold an Australian National Square Dance Convention (ANSDC) in a different state. The 55th Australian National Square Dance Convention - Canberra ACT Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th of April 2014. The ANSDC is the feature dance each year with people coming from all around Australia and visiting callers & dancers from all around the world. To look at photos from the 54th ANSDC in Gosford 2013 please click on this link - See photos from the 54TH ANSDC
There are over 160 active square dance callers and about 200 club venues around 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.
If you wish to inquire about learning how to square dance - please call our toll free number - 1800 643 277. From this you are linked with the nearest beginner's classes and we will have the local club representative follow up and help you get started.
Travelling around Australia is also part of the fun as many square dancers have discovered. They have joined forces with the TAWS group (Travelling Australia With Squaredancers) to share the fun & friendship set to music. Visit the TAWS web link.
This is a very brief overview of square dancing in Australia with lots more fascinating facts to learn and explore.
We wish you fun times and hope to meet you on a square dance floor soon - Steve Longwood - Web coordinator for the NSDSA.
Click here to - See photos from the 54TH ANSDC in Gosford NSW 2013