Khinoo and Charlotte Skeeters taught line dance on Queen's
Birthday Celebration, second weekend in June in Toowoomba,
QLD, Australia at the 3rd Sunshine State Classic hosted
by Event Director Terry Hogan. This mostly country music
event featured a CWDIA sanctioned line dance competiton
(Jenny Cryer & Eric Sellers - Co-Head Judges)
and 13 line dance workshops. Saturday and Sunday mornings
started at 9am with a showcase of all the dances to be taught
...instructors Evelyn Khinoo, Tracie Lee, Eric Sellers,
Charlotte Skeeters, Carl Sullivan & Simon Ward had time
to teach 1 or 2 dances in their hour slots. A hired bus
shuttled 2 to 4 dozen dancers between the main ballroom/competition
floor to the workshop hall every hour, but Rozanne
Wild claimed a personal parking spot a few kilometers from
the wood floor!
event dancers sat at long white papered tables placed L shaped
around the wooden indoor bowls floor ...3 rows of chairs lined
the floor to the right of the stage. Every chair had a good
view of the competition floor, but there was a balcony available
to provide an excellent view. Those of us familar with watching
the 'OZ Kids' on the comp floors were not disappointed ...Phil
Bates had the pleasure of introducing the familar faces ...
Brad, Chris, Justine, Leonie, Roxanne, Simon, Tammy ... I
most enjoyed watching the talents of the mature generation
... Margaret Mary, and Cheryl, Elaine & Marilyn from the
award wining Interpretative Team from Brisbane ...The
Shuttleworth blew away the crowd and earned herself a huge
silver & gold belt buckle for her rendition of When You
Walked In (Peter Fry). She had the highest single point score
during this dance in the Adult Advanced Competiton Divison
of Solo Dance. That dance sheet is here
and the music is here.
I am sure Peter was absolutely thrilled to see Justine do
'justice' to his hit dance!
climax happened late Sunday afternoon ...the Interpretative
teams had their go ...the smiles, audiance laughter and thunderous
applause ....I know the dancers could tell that we appreciated
all their months of hard training, their efforts were in good
fun ...and they certainly entertained US.
3 outstanding DJ's for the event. Graeme Jones - DJ for
The Friday Social & Competitions - he played the 'oldies'
list plus solo competition dances.
Black & White Ball - DJ was Chris Kumre ...he worked with
a play list plus solo competition and workshop dances &
TGIF (Perron/Thompson) just so he could dance with the
California contingent ...only a hand full of other dancers
knew this one!
Night Social DJ - Bill Larson ...who played the request list
and also danced with us. (Dancers came in 'King/Queen' costumes
...best dressed female ...Katheryn Cryer!)
Line: Terry Hogan and his volunteer staff did an excellent
job of organizing and hosting this country friendly,
country community event. The costumed dancers added visual
atmosphere to the crowded dance floor both afternoons and
evenings ...the line up for the evening dinners were long
...the food was outstanding. It takes hundreds of hours of
hard work and a brillant staff of volunteers to keep the energy
flowing and the dancers dancin'at a successful event! Saturday
night was an early sell out ...The Sunday night social was
a capacity bonus (Monday was public holiday in celebration
of the the Queen's Birthday) ...I never saw so many crowns,
tiaras, wigs, and
jewels ...SUCH good FUN