Come try square dancing

DANCE: The Whyalla Square Dancing Club are hoping to get more members so their classes can go ahead regularly.
DANCE: The Whyalla Square Dancing Club are hoping to get more members so their classes can go ahead regularly.

Looking to get involved with a fun, social dance session that won't leave you gasping for breath?

The Whyalla Square Dancing Club are seeking new members to help keep the art of square dancing alive in the steel city.

The club meet every Monday (as long as the temperature is below 36 degrees) at the Lutheran Church on Lewthwaite Street from 7pm-9:30pm, with classes tailored to the level of attendees.

President Shirley Gabb said a minimum of eight dancers were required to run classes, and the club were hoping to maintain that level of attendance.

"If we could have 12 regulars it would give some of the older people a break so they could sit down and relax for the next bracket," she said.

Ms Gabb said square dancing was great for getting in exercise in a way that most wouldn't think of.

"You're walking four kilometres in two-and-a-half hours through square dancing, you do the exercise without really knowing it," she said.

"These people get to breath easy and have fun. The members didn't know each other from a bar of soap when we started up two years ago but they're really close now.

"It's a great socialising experience without having to talk a lot. We had some people coming in who were very shy, but because they knew the moves after a few weeks they were so comfortable they began helping the new people coming through."