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2021 Heart Dance Fund Raiser

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Our first theme night of 2021, since coming back to dance under Covid safe rules, was our annual Heart Dance on the 7th of May.  The hall was decorated and members dressed in red for the heart theme. For this special night we had two raffles to raise funds for a heart health treatment or support group. We also introduced a simple supper for the night. Kitchen attendants made tea or coffee in disposable cups and supplied pre packed single portion biscuits. Tuesday learners group numbers are still fairly low, but this meant everyone got to come to the special Friday night dance, and stay within the maximum number allowed in our hall. We had 16 dancers, 2 spectators and our caller, Matt.  One square danced most of the night with two squares on the floor for a basic level dance. 

Return to dance 2021 under Covid Safe Rules

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AusDance with QLD Health have addressed the issue of social dancing with a new category which our activity falls under, Recreational structured partner dancing.  Under our Covid Safe Plan : Those feeling unwell to stay home. Hand sanitiser to be used regularly. Seats to be spaced 1.5mtr between dancers, unless you are living in the same house hold. Dancers to clean their chairs down and put them away at the end of the night. No shared supper for a while. Dancers to bring their own drink containers. If you are not fond of touching money, bring correct change. Limited dancer number of 22 in our hall.

Shoe Bag Sewing Project

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As we are now in Stage 2 restrictions, we can see a step towards Australian life returning to normal. Unfortunately we are still not in circumstances that allow us to return to square dancing safely or legally. Gatherings of up to 20 people are now allowed but only if social distancing is maintained. To keep everyone safe, we continue to find other methods to be active in mind and body. To this end I have added a new sewing project to our website. I hope some of you find it useful. This sewing project is a shoe bag. A simple and more decorative approach is covered. Shoe bags can be used for storage at home, taking less space than shoe boxes. They are also a good way to protect your good dance shoes by carrying them to a dance rather than wearing them outside. Large dance events are often held on sport stadium floors. Many sport stadiums have rules in place to protect playing surfaces. Most only allow shoe types that will not mark the floors. Some do not allow any shoes used

Virtual Square Dancing

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This week Rob and I had a first go at virtual square dancing via the Zoom meeting app. This one was hosted by Swan Valley Squares in Western Australia. They are running these events on Friday nights at 7:30 pm WA time (GMT +8) but this means the time here is 9:30 pm QLD time (GMT +10) The 9:30 pm start here is a bit late for some of us Queenslanders but we will be back to try more. Most of the participants were from WA but there were some joining from the USA and Sweden. The callers featured Greg Fawell, Bruce Gillett and Jim Buckingham. For the session on the 15th, we mostly joined just to see how it is done but tried a bit of the dancing. We had the laptop hooked to the TV for easier viewing but this is not necessary. It is tricky dancing with 6 or 7 phantoms but it gets you moving and makes you think. Nice to know I have not forgotten everything. With everyone having their camera and mic on you can see and chat with everyone all at the same time. The person currentl

Petticoat storage bag project.

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As we are all spending more time at home it has been good to hear from some of our dancers and how they are remotely staying in contact with friends and family by phone, emails, text or various meeting apps. We are all looking for activities to keep our minds and bodies active in isolation. Some have bought new jigsaw puzzles, puzzle or colouring books. It has also been a good time for garden and home renovation projects. I have been busy in the garden and bought a pile of fabric to make lots of new skirts for myself and other dancers. I look forward to the time when we can wear them again together. My latest project has been to make a petticoat bag. The following instructions are for the petticoat bag I have just made. You may find it a useful storage solution and use up some left over fabric after making skirts. https://canecountrysquares.blogspot.com/p/petticoat.html

Dancing Update - 31/03/20

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Hello Dancers, I hope over the last two weeks you have been keeping well. With the latest Government regulations and legislation to help slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Australia, this makes coming back to dancing this week not viable. Unfortunately lots of sporting and social groups are affected by these measures. We just have to ride it out and hopefully we will be back dancing soon. At this stage, it’s too early to announce a future return date until the Government sees the outcomes of their measures in trying to contain the Covid-19 virus and then loosen the current laws to allow groups like ours to start up again. So in the interim, we hope everyone will stay safe and try to keep in contact with each other. To help any boredom you may have being at home, here is some word search puzzles that I have put together for the learner classes and learn plus group so you don’t forget what you have learnt. I would also like to encourage everyone to check out our club

Sewing bee - projects continue

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Cane Country Squares started our first sewing bee session, Saturday 29th of February. Twelve ladies and two guys met to look at skirt designs or a bit of socialising. We traced patterns, discussed fabric types and costs along with dress codes, changes in traditional outfits, current trends and expectations of what is worn to different events. A few of us met at John and Sandy’s home again on the 21st to look at more patterns and cut out fabric. Jo brought along some examples of panel skirts, with and without ruffles. We also had a few second hand skirts available for those that wanted them. We shared patterns for multi panel skirts and some more challenging styles collected from past conventions. These included a 'banana' skirt and a 'swirl' skirt. To finish our projects, we will no longer all meet at Fran’s Sewing Solutions, to access her sewing machines. Some ladies are now confident to complete their skirts on their own machines at home. A few more have ch