Brisbane Sunday Social Dance Club Inc. - All Welcome!

We dance at Holland Park (SHS) Bapaume Rd, Holland Park on 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month, excluding December, when we have only one dance on the 2nd Sunday.

  • This venue has a large quality timber dance floor, that provides an ideal space for a second inner circle - comprising well-known dance options, in addition to our regular program dances. It is centrally located, with ample off-road parking.
  • Each dance commences at *5.30pm (*excluding our ANZAC Ball and Christmas break-up occasions) dancing at 8:30pm 8:45pm with live music provided by long term resident musician Walter Willans. Occasionally due to Walter's unavailability we have CD music courtesy of Elaine Brown.
  • We regularly rotate all dances on the Dance Pool list to ensure regular and new members can participate and enjoy the evening.
  • Currently due to unforeseen health concerns our resident dance teachers Alan & Lynelle Armitage are having a break from revising & teaching dances, until further notice.
  • Since COVID-19 Safety Restrictions were implemented - BYO tea, coffee and milk - hot water provided - drinks can still be purchased from the bar.
  • Entry: Members $10  and Visitors $12.
  • We have regular Committee meetings before the dance @ 3:30pm - All WELCOME to attend.
  • The raffle offers 2 chances to win $20 cash and the lucky door ticket provides FREE entry to a subsequent dance.
  • The LUCKY SPOT dance offers 1 lucky couple the chance to win a block of chocolate each.

So… Why not join our dance club? Annual membership is only $15 and members receive $2 off door price with FREE entry to the Christmas dance in December (membership forms are available on Entry or download below)

MEMBERSHIP FEE RENEWALS direct-deposit payment on-line *please add your full name for reference:

Account Name: Brisbane Sunday Social Dance Club

BSB 014 295 (ANZ Mt Ommaney)    Account 1828 85072

Application for MEMBERSHIP FORM (please download below, complete & send to webmaster@brisbanesundaydance.com or lodge on ENTRY at the next dance.

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More about our club: 

Our Management Team:

Brisbane Sunday Social Dance club Inc is a registered association under the Association Incorporation Act.

The operation of the club is overseen by a committee elected at the annual general meeting. This committee meets bi-monthly to consider all operational aspects including venue, music, catering, dance pool and programs.

Many of the current committee members are long-serving and provide valuable input to the smooth running of the club.

Our Current Executive Position Holders are:

  • PRESIDENT - Jessie Burgess
  • VICE PRESIDENT - Ted Dixon
  • TREASURER - Ella Van der Wal
  • SECRETARY - Dee Hasson

Our Current 2024 General Committee Members:

  • Lynelle Armitage (Lynelle & Alan are our resident dance teachers) who produce our programs, review revision lessons & teach when available.
  • Gayle Berkey
  • Elaine Brown
  • Ray Burgess
  • Donna L'Estrange
  • Ruth Manicaros
  • Carol Norton
  • Ray Norton
  • Pauline Schaeffer-Steel

2024 Management Team & Committee Members Update:

At the 25/02/24 AGM President - Jessie Burgess, Vice President - Ted Dixon (moving from the General Committee to the Executive Team) along with Treasurer - Ella Van der Wal & Secretary - Dee Hasson were unanimously re-elected.

It is with great pleasure we WELCOME 3 new Committee Members Ruth Manicaros, along with Carol & Ray Norton.

(Geoff Tindale did not seek re-election nor did Alan Armitage following his 14 years of continuous service)

A Huge THANK YOU to all our current & former hard working club officials for all their contributions that ensure the smooth running of the club.

2023 Management Team & Committee Members Update:

At the 12/02/23 AGM after 6 years as President: Gayle Berkey withdrew her nomination for the position, & joined the General Committee. After 5 years on the General Committee & the last 3 years as Vice President, Jessie Burgess was elected President. Also following 4 years on the General Committee with the last 2 years as Treasurer: Ivan Taylor vacated the Executive Team.

Vacating General Committee Members: Lorraine Taylor 6 years, Joan Shepherd 8 years & Geoff Newman 5 years on the General Committee ending in 2008, returning in 2022 for 1 year.

A Big THANK-YOU goes to all our vacating club officials, with a deep appreciation & acknowledgment of jobs Well Done Serving the Club!

Warm WELCOME to new Committee Members Elaine Brown & Donna L'Estrange & WELCOME BACK to Ted Dixon after some time away from official duties!

Our 2022 General Committee Members:

  • Alan & Lynelle Armitage (our dance teachers)
  • Ray Burgess
  • Geoff Newman
  • Joan Shepherd
  • Pauline Schaeffer-Steel
  • Lorraine Taylor
  • Ella Van der Wal

Our 2021 General Committee Members:

  • Alan & Lynelle Armitage (our dance teachers)
  • Ray Burgess
  • Glenn Cooke
  • Phdeliah Grivas
  • Joan Shepherd
  • Lorraine Taylor
  • Libby Whitestyles

2021 Management Team & Committee Members Update:

At the 14/02/21 AGM Geoff Fielder vacated the committee after years of much appreciated work, amicably setting up & re-setting chairs, tables & spending countless hours co-decorating the function room for our special themed-events with Gayle - to which the committee & club owe Geoff a Big THANK-YOU!

Alan & Lynelle unanimously received "Live Member" status with a wholehearted round of applause by everyone present.

The previous Executive Team was unanimously re-elected with Gayle - President, Jessie - Vice President & Assistant Treasurer with Ivan - Treasurer & Pauline - Secretary.

All previous committee members standing were re-elected with Phdeliah Grivas welcomed on the committee.

2019 Management Team & Committee Members Update:

Due to unforeseen health & family concerns, we have recently experienced the unexpected departure of Rita & Jim Berkelmans our (Treasurer & Dance Program Master) in addition to committee members Rod Torres & Betty Melody.

Club members gratefully acknowledge & thank Rita, Jim, Rod & Betty for their excellent service & high-level of commitment, to the clubs ongoing financial & operational success.

We will miss all their input & help in the day-to-day running’s of the club & hope they may be able to return to dance with us in the foreseeable future.

Rita will continue to serve on the committee & we wholeheartedly welcome Ivan Taylor as incoming Treasurer & Joan Shepherd’s return to our committee is much appreciated.

At our 10 Nov. 2019 Committee meeting Glenn Cooke was unanimously elected to be our new Dance Program Master in 2020 - Welcome onboard Glenn!

Our Mission:

The Brisbane Sunday Dance Club Inc. aims to promote social ballroom dancing in Brisbane and surrounding areas.

We achieve this goal by providing a welcoming environment where people can come together to enjoy social interaction, physical exercise and mental stimulation.

Our Dance Teachers:

 Our Club has been well served by our resident dance teachers over the years. After fifteen years Dave and Joy Baddiley, decided to hand the baton to Alan and Lynelle Armitage in mid 2009.

Alan and Lynelle are long-term members and keen social dancers who each hold accredited teaching qualifications. *In recognition of 13 years of Teaching Excellence, and many varied significant contributions, across all aspects of the club, & all things COVID-19 the 2021 BSSDC Committee unanimously voted Alan and Lynelle receive 'Life Member' status.

Our Musician: 
We are justifiably proud of our musician, Walter Willans. Over many years he has provided not only the music but has contributed largely to the ambience of our dances. His inimitable style of rendering strict tempo music within the genre of the dances has made no small contribution to the enjoyment of the dance. On special occasions Walter has entertained us with his piano accordion in roaming minstrel style performances. *In 2023, President Jessie presented Walter with a large poster, personally signed by many Club dancers & a well deserved BSSDC 'Certificate of Achievement' for providing the club with 25 years of professional Live Music.

 

Our Club's History: Where We've Been and Where We're Going, by Terry Baxter.

In early 1993, a group of people, some of whom are now life members of the Club, saw the need for a regular Sunday dance in Brisbane. They met for an impromptu dance at Woolloongabba and formed what was to become our Club, as it exists today, the Brisbane Sunday Social Dance Club Inc.

After that dance at Woolloongabba, the dances were held at the Caledonian Club at Kangaroo Point from March 1993. Initially held every Sunday, they remained there until mid 1993, when a change of venue to the Greenslopes Bowls Club was made.

1st President (1993):

The first president of our Club, Alan Booker, with advice and support from Don McQuade and others, oversaw the formation of the Club. He stood down as President in late 1993 due to his commitment to the World Masters Games.

2nd President (1993 - 1996):

Our then Vice President, Carl Blume, took up the mantle and remained as President, until the end of 1996. His presidency saw the Club move to the Wellers Hill Bowls Club in 1994, when the dances were held fortnightly, (2nd & 4th Sundays except December 1st & 3rd), as it remains today.

3rd President (1997 - 2000):

With Carl's retirement from the presidency at the end of 1996, Terry Baxter was elected President in 1997. His presidency, over the next four (4) years (1997 - 2000) saw a number of changes. Competition from other forms of Sunday entertainment in 1998, necessitated the introduction of the bring a plate supper as a cost cutting measure, to ensure the continued viability of our Club. Also in 1998, our band of many years, Ken and Trev decided to disband. Our current musician, Walter Willans, a long time member, took over and has provided excellent music ever since.

The inaugural Anzac Remembrance Ball was held in 1999 and continues to be the highlight of our Club calendar. A weekend away to the Treasure Island Resort for the Paradise Point dance commenced in 2000 and was enjoyed by many members and visitors until 2007 when it was discontinued.

 4th President (2001 - 2004):

Terry did not seek re-election at the end of 2000 and John Mowat was elected President in 2001. His presidency (2001 - 2004) saw the consolidation of the Club with the continuation of the established activities and the introduction of the practice nights on the fifth Sundays occurring during the year. These practice nights were conducted by Dave and Joy Baddiley who also provided a dance lesson prior to our fortnightly dances since 1995. The practice nights were discontinued, in mid 2009, because of a change to the minimum hire charge of the venue, making it a financial drain on the Club.

5th President (2005):

Geoff Newman became President in 2005 and continued with tried and true established activities. Unfortunately, a substantial increase in rent, in October 2005, placed us in a less than ideal position.

6th President (2006 - 2016):

Terry Baxter was re-elected in 2006, leaving office at the end of 2016. Terry is our longest serving President with a total of fifteen years in office.

8th President (2017 - 2022):

Gayle Berkey was unanimously elected at the Feb. 11, 2018 AGM & subsequently re-elected.

9th President (2023 - 2024):

Jessie Burgess was unanimously elected at the Feb. 12, 2023 AGM & subsequently re-elected.