GLEN SQUARES SQUARE DANCE CLUB


In February 1981 a small group of people, starting out with learner tapes and a couple of people who had danced a bit, thought they would like to start Square Dancing in Glen Innes. In April of that year, David Pearce, a Caller from the Armidale 8’s Square Dance Club, visited the group and ran a dance for them, giving them the experience of dancing to a live caller. With David’s help and encouragement the Glen Squares was officially formed on Anzac Day 1981. David continued to come along every 3 weeks to call for the group, bringing along some of the Armidale 8’s dancers with him. On the nights that David wasn’t there to call, the club danced to pre-recorded tapes and records. During 1982 the role of Club Leader fell to Barry Knight who is still leading the club today. Being a tape/record club was a lot different to clubs who had a live caller and over the years Glen Squares has received a lot of support from David Pearce, Brian Hotchkies (one of Australia’s top callers) and the Late Bill McHardy, who was a top caller from Toowoomba. The Club today uses music downloaded onto a computer. a long cry from carrying around a big box of records and tapes. In the boom days of Square Dancing, Glen Squares were dancing between 5 and 6 squares each week. Glen Squares will be celebrating 35 years of dancing in April this year. Beginners, visiting dancers and callers always most welcome.
                 Barry Knight
                  Club Caller

Club Night:   Wednesday
Time:   7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue:   Uniting Church Hall (Behind Church)
    Cnr. Macquarie & Bourke Street
Contact:   Phone: 02 6732 1735
    Email: barry.knight3@bigpond.com