22 March 2011

Newport Lakes Bush Dance

Beautiful weather, great music and lots of willing dancers - it doesn't get any better! For three hours we were almost back in the 'old days', with live music and dancing in a beautiful bush setting. The Newport Bush Orchestra and a range of local performers provided the entertainment, and everyone else made their own fun, dancing, picnicking and exploring the surrounding bushland. The Newport Lakes Primary School choir started us off with a bracket of traditional Australian songs including Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport. The kids got the dancing started even before the Bush Orchestra and master dance caller Neil hit the stage; Newport Convention's old-time songs were enough to get the kids dancing. Once the 'official' dance brackets began, the adults got into the act too, and pretty soon the dance floor (well, patch of grass) was overflowing. The photos say it all really, see below...

Many thanks to all the performers, Eamonn Spillane for wrangling the PA system and Christine McDonald for pulling the whole thing together.

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