Annual Ball 2017
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Additional pictures supplied by Graeme Taylor have been added – click HERE
Annual Ball day for the Over 50s Ballroom Dancing Club was an early start for the committee and our wonderful team of helpers. I arrived just after 8.30 am after picking up the balloons and found the whole team hard at work. Preparations and setting up were well under way. On completion the hall looked fantastic and a very fitting venue for our special day of the year . A special tribute must go to Cathy for her creative talents in making the table center pieces. They really set it all off. Thanks must also go to the Armadale Dance club for the loan of their silhouetes for the wall decorations. A great effort was put in by everyone concerned and I thank them all for their co-operation and efforts.
It wasn’t long before everyone began arriving and soon there was a buzz of excitement and anticipation in the air. The music began and the fun was underway to the delightful music of Fanny and Tony, our great DJs. This year we introduced a few new innovations to make the day that little bit more enjoyable. We are, after all, there for the entertainment and enjoyment of the day. To that end we engaged a professional photographer with backdrop screen. All photos will be on our website and are available for download by anyone who wishes to do so, courtesy of David Chong . Our good friend Adam Penn was kind enough to arrange a wonderful floor show for us. Beautiful movement and an energetic performance it was with a little bit of frivolity added to it for entertainment so it was very enjoyable for all of us. Thank you to Rochelle,Cameron, Megan and Simon for beautiful performance.
Our catering ladies have excelled themselves again but this time under difficult circumstances. The oven door hinge was broken and also one of the elements in the oven was not working. They handled it all with good spirits and co-operation.
Most important of all was our members and guests who made the day the success that it was. As well as the great support that we had from within our club we had a lot of support from outside by visitors from around Perth and including some local studios, particularly Patricia Taylor who is our regular instructor and Julie and Richard from Crystal. We also had great support from the South West dancing group and our good friend Kevin Law from Sydney, who surprised all the ladies by making a special trip just to attend. The attendance for the day was just beneath maximum capacity for that venue which was very pleasing.
Once again , Ladies and Gentlemen , thank you all for making it such a great day and now the planning begins for next years ball. The hall has already been booked for July 5 next year.
John Kember President
General information and the club’s dress code
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Ballroom Dancing for Seniors – Come and Join Us.
Our social dances with lessons are arranged each week on Thursday, alternately at Karrinyup and South Perth, with over 130 people attending each venue.
Our accent is on fun, exercise and friendship. Most of our dances are sequence dances which are easy to learn and very popular.
According to a 21 year study led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, regular dancing has enormous potential benefits. This study showed that stimulating ones mind by dancing can ward of Alzheimers disease and other dementia. Although other activities had some benefit, dancing was overwhelmingly the most effective physical activity to offer protection against dementia.
Apparently, dancing also makes us smarter, provides a sense of well-being and can help with stress reduction.
Read the full article at http://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm or click HERE
A second article was sent to us by a Doctor and backs up other studies on the potential benefits to our health with ballroom dancing
Dance Your Way to a Longer Life
Dance classes can prevent fatal conditions including cancer, heart disease and dementia, experts claim.
Just two and a half hours of dancing a week would also save the NHS almost £11 billion over the next 10 years. It would prevent more than 850,000 cases of disease and injury for over-60s in the decade, says fitness expert UKactive.
Dancing has “fantastic health benefits” and “reduces the loneliness and isolation many older folk experience”, doctors said.
UKactive’s Steven Ward said: Inactive people are robbed of retirements because weak bones and joints lead to falls which render them immobile. It’s vital we shift from a cure to prevention and build exercise into our lives as early as possible.”
Dancing would prevent 410,000 people breaking hips if all those over 61 did 150 minutes each week, saving £3.3 billion, according to the online analysis.
The number diagnosed with coronary heart disease may also fall by 104,000 and 40,000 fewer would have strokes.
Our mission is to provide companionship, exercise and enjoyment through the medium of Social Dancing.
For all details of our dances. dance format, dance lessons, venue etc. please click on “NEXT DANCE” link above.
September 21 Karrinyup Swing Waltz
September 28 Karrinyup Carousel
October 5 South Perth and October 12 Karrinyup Crystal Quickstep
October 19 South Perth and October 26 Karrinyup Charmaine and Breakaway
Site last updated 21 Sept 2017