- Monday 27 June 2016
Around 800 dancers and callers from across Australia and the world are ready to set the dance floor alight at the 57th Australian National Square Dance Convention, held on the Sunshine Coast from June 29 – July 3.
The annual national convention is a weeklong event where dancers of all ages participate in a non-competitive social atmosphere with like-minded people.
Sunshine Coast Council’s Tourism, Sport and Events Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said the convention was another diverse event in the packed major events calendar for 2016.
“The 57th Australian National Square Dance Convention is one of 60 major and regional events that is to be held on the Sunshine Coast this year,” said Cr OPray.
“The packed schedule of lifestyle and sporting events will generate about $100 million in economic activity and will attract more than 150,000 guests from 40 different countries to the region.
"I'm very excited to see events like square dancing in our portfolio of major events. This is a classic – I will be out there to support it and, who knows, I might even be tempted to get out there and kick up my heels!"
Event organiser Nev McLachlan said the event attracted dancers from across Australia and the world with guests coming from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Taiwan.
“We have dancers coming from all over the world, as square dancing is a truly international activity where all instructions are given in ‘square dance language’,” said Mr McLachlan.
“Square dancers from around the world gather at national conventions like this where they enjoy moving to the music, renew old friendships and form new ones.”
The convention will be staged at the University of the Sunshine Coast's Indoor Sports Stadium. It is preceded by a three day conference and Annual General Meeting at the Sunshine Coast Square Dance Centre.
The national convention was last held on the Sunshine Coast in 2003 and is held in Queensland every seven to eight years.
Spectators are welcome to attend and watch the convention for free. For more information visit www.squaredancenational2016.com.