Social Dance Events 2017
The Port Macquarie Ballroom Dancing School operates in association with the Port Macquarie Panthers Ballroom Dancing Group which provides an annual program of dance events in the Port Macquarie Panthers Auditorium.
Doors open at 7.00 pm for a night of dancing from 7.30 pm. All welcome for $8 admission at the door (or $13 on live music nights) which includes raffles, lucky door and Monte Carlo prizes. A pre-purchased ticket is required to attend the Balls on the Saturday night, with an earlier start time to accommodate the dinner.
All dances are on a Friday night except for the Birthday Ball on 12 August and the Christmas Ball on 9 December, both of which will be on a Saturday night.
The complete program for 2017:
★ 6 January ~ New Years
Dance ~ Live Music by Barry Noble.
New Vogue, Modern Ballroom, Latin American and English Old Time Dancing.
Short image sequence and video above captures the atmosphere of the Panthers 2016 Christmas Ball
The Port Panthers Ballroom Dancing Group are
pleased with the success of their 2016 Christmas Ball which attracted 90
Dancers. They all enjoyed a delicious two-course dinner and dancing to
the smooth sounds of musician Joe Walmsley.
Short video segment above of the 27th Birthday Ball 20 August 2016 with Barry Noble
The Port Panthers Ballroom Dancing Group celebrated their 27th Birthday on 20th August 2016 with a Ball attended by 110 Dancers. Visitors came from Sydney, Newcastle, Taree, Forster/Tuncurry, Kempsey and Coffs Harbour for the event. Mrs Nell Wright, a local Ballroom Professional, founded the dance 27 years ago with dances originally held at the Port Macquarie RSL Club in Short Street Port Macquarie.
At the same time she also founded the Kempsey
Macleay RSL Club Ballroom Dances. Upon closure of the RSL Club in Short
Street the dances were held at a number of different venues before
ultimately returning to Port Panthers at Settlement City. Nell moved to
Newcastle in July 1996. She did, however, have the pleasure of returning
to Port for a Ball at the Panthers prior to her death in June 2006.
Video above of New Years Dance 16 January 2016 with Barry Noble.
The video above shows Grahame Kesby on the keyboard for his final gig with the Panthers Ballroom Dancing Group on 12 December 2015 before his retirement.
After a lifetime as a musician including more
than 30 years of playing at Ballroom Dances, the evergreen Grahame Kesby
finally retired following the Port Panthers Ballroom Dancing Group
Christmas Ball on 12th December 2015. Grahame had been playing for the
Group's Dances since the nineteen eighties and for most of that time was
their only musician as well as playing at a number of other venues. He
often said that he mainly played for the enjoyment with his daytime job
being the life of a pig and cattle raiser.
During the Ball, President John thanked Grahame for his co-operation and cheerfulness and the many fun times. He will be missed but leaves with our good wishes for a long and happy retirement. Vice-President Dorothy then presented Grahame with an engraved gold watch in appreciation of his long service. At our invitation Grahame then proceeded to give an interesting account of his musical history including how he came to be a dance musician. Whilst no longer being seen at Dances he will be kept busy and still able to enjoy playing his keyboard at up to 11 Retirement Homes in the district.
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