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Welcome to our eighth newsletter for 2023. We have been forced to migrate our web site to another host, as our original host no longer supports hosting web sites. Should you come across any issues, please let me know. It is happening over the last 2 weeks of August.

Information below on:
  • 2023 Regular Socials
  • 30th Birthday Social
  • 30th Birthday Merchandise
  • Class Changes - NEW CLASS STARTING
  • How to Progress Through the Class Levels
  • LDSA Central European Adventure 2024
See you on the dance floor,
Liz & Peter Heath and the Instructor Team
2023 Regular Socials
These are the dates for this years socials:
PLEASE NOTE: The December social has been moved by a week from the original date, as the venue had a clash of potential bookings.
  • Sunday 20th Aug - 1.30pm-5.00pm
  • Saturday 23rd September - see separate information
  • Sunday 12th November - 1.30pm-5.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd December - 1.30pm-5.00pm
REMEMBER AT THE REGULAR SOCIALS... Meals are available from Ivy's Kitchen from Noon. Good food at very reasonable prices. Please support Ivy so she continues to offer the meals at our socials. There are also frozen meals that you can take home with you for later, at about $8 each (check out the freezer in the hall).
30th Birthday Social - Updated
Tickets for our Birthday social are still available at $55 including a 2 course meal, nibbles through the afternoon, door prizes and of course the dancing.

There will be 3 main course options for meals. Honey Mustard Chicken with Pasta, Mexicali Beef with Rice, and a Vegetarian Casserole. You will need to make your selection when you purchase your ticket, and the ticket will be marked accordingly.
We will be asking those that attend to bring their own cutlery and coffee cup to save on wastage thanks.
30th Birthday Merchandise
As we have done for the last big club birthday events, we are making black anniversary shirts available for sale. We only do them every 5 years and they have an embroidered club birthday logo, this time in bright red.
The cost will be $30 including GST and will only be produced on order.
Unfortunately the ladies style polo shirt (JB Bobbin) we have used in the past has been discontinued, so we have limited number of sizes 10, 12 and 14 in that style (other sizes are unavailable). We still have access to the men's polo shirt that we have used in Green, so if you know your size in that, then there is no need to try on another sample. We have samples of sizes 16, 18 and 20 in a new ladies size shirt (different brand) to try on to ensure correct fit. I will bring the samples to the next social should people wish to try them on.
We have two new classes that have started at Henley Beach recently, one Easy level and one Mainstream level. Both classes have been sufficiently supported to survive the trial period.
They are at the Henley & Grange Community Centre, 196A Military Road, Henley Beach
  • Easy Level class from 12.15 pm to 1.15 pm ($9)
  • Mainstream Level class from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm ($12)
Don't forget Barbara's New Easy Level Class starting on 29th August at theKensington Gardens RSL, 339 The Parade, Kensington Park, from 7.00-8.30pm ($12)

NOTE: Due to Instructor Holidays, the following classes will not be running on the given dates:
  • Tuesday 8th August to 26th September - Victor Harbor Classes will not be running (try Goolwa Friday as a replacement)
  • Thursday 10th August to 28th September - McLaren Vale Classes will not be running (try Goolwa Friday or Reynella Thursday as a replacement)
  • Wednesday 4th October to 18th October - Parafield Gardens Mainstream class will not be running (try Marden Tuesday Morning or Ingle Farm Monday Night as a replacement)
How to Progress Through The Class Levels
We are starting to see dancers attempting to move up through the levels lately, which is fabulous.
We have had many years of stagnation at the higher levels, which we addressed a few years ago by looking very carefully at the choreography we were introducing at each level and in some cases moving it to a more appropriate level (many went up and some went down). This was not appreciated by many existing dancers who had their classes disrupted by losing access to some of their favorite dances. Unfortunately it was a necessity to ensure the survival of our organisation. The point of the exercise is to encourage people when they get bored to try out the next level up, leaving the existing level of the class for those still "learning the ropes".
About 5 years ago we also added Lifestyle classes to our offerings. Up to that stage, all our classes were 2 hour classes, and the program was structured to enable people to fully immerse themselves in the level they were dancing. Lifestyle classes were set up to accommodate people in retirement villages and community centres that are just wanting a little exercise with minimal complexity and a lot of social interaction. These classes are generally an hour in length and is predominantly level 2 dances in the teaching schedule.
There are now people in those lifestyle classes that are starting to go to socials and wanting to move up. Unfortunately a 1 hour Lifestyle class does not give sufficient experience to go to a Transition (level 4) class. The jump is just too big. You need to have exposure to the variety of level 3 dances to get a grounding in Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz and Lindy as well as the standard rhythm dances. I really recommend you move through a Easy level class that goes at least 1.5 hours (preferably 2 hours) for a while to get that grounding. This does not mean that you can't give it a go, but you will certainly find it a challenge.
Once people get to Transition level, we assume they know the terminology, body mechanics and muscle memory of a large number of steps. If you wish to measure your knowledge, there is a manual available for $10 which has a summary of the current assumed knowledge of levels 1, 2 and 3 (and the definitions), with a checklist you can use to keep track of your development. Just ask your instructor and they can get you a copy to buy.
I intend to publish a similar manual for the other levels early next year, but it is a work in progress at the moment. The contents are linked to the work I am doing on automatic calculation of dance choreography level, and this has proved to be a major challenge. I am making sure the analysis includes information about every dance I have ever looked at teaching over the last 30 years, and there are still about 40 unique dances left to complete that task. Once that data is completely collected, I can sort it and adjust the levels of the terminology elements to make the dances fit the profile of material that we, as instructors, know is appropriate for each class level.
Nothing like this has ever been done before in line dancing, but it exists in many other mature dance forms such as Ballroom (in its many forms), Square and Round dancing. I am drawing on my knowledge of these forms of dance, as well as my accredited training in Course Preparation to ensure a practical and usable structure for the future.
LDSA Central European Adventure 2024 - Updated
There are still a few cabins on hold for a while, in case anyone else decides they would like to join us. You can get details and an application form by emailing me at

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