For the ninth
year in a row, Jamboree BC brought the West Coast line dance community
together. This year we were joined by new and old friends from abroad: two from
New Zealand, one from Australia, and two from The Netherlands. We also welcomed
friends from Vancouver Island, Washington, and California. There were 30
instructors present, many from out of town. It was so nice to see so many new
instructors on the scene.
The hall was 90% sold out, with 196 dancers,
so it was nice to have that many but not have to turn anyone away. Jamboree BC
continues to be the largest linedance-only event in the
| This year the
date was Nov. 2, 2002 and we gathered again at the Kinsmen Recreation Centre in
Tsawwassen, Delta, BC
(British Columbia), a suburb of Vancouver,
The K.R.C. has been our home for this event since day
began early with people starting to arrive at 8:00 to help decorate and set up
chairs and tables. The volunteers were incredibly efficient and the hall was
ready in 20 minutes. Grant and Bill had decorated the night before, so
everything was all set for the doors to open at 8:30. It was a beautiful day,
sunny and mild. Thanks to 90% of the dancers pre-registering, there was never a
line-up at registration. Grant Gadbois, Annette Cyra, Bridget and Jennifer
MacCallum, and Susan Clark kept everyone flowing in
I hosted the first
part of the day, and introduced our opening instructor Jo Miller who drove all
the way from Richland, Washington to teach us her really fun dance "Cartoons"
to the song "Witch Doctor". Jo did a great job of patterning her dance to the
sections of the song which many people remembered from their youth. We also
squeezed in a lesson from Carmel ("@ The Hop") Hutchinson who taught her dance
Then it was time to
start the choreography competition. In our unique competition, new dances are
taught and then judged by any of the dancers who wish to participate (this year
well over 90% contributed their votes). Afterward the scores were tallied and
an average score determined. Averaging the scores makes it unnecessary for
everyone to take every single workshop. Three choreography competition
workshops took place in the morning and four in the afternoon, leaving the
evening for general dancing, performances, and awards. Of course there were
lots of dance breaks and entertainment which broke up the
in order of their workshops were: Jenifer Reaume (Vancouver area), Betty Clarke
(Vancouver Island), Christy Fox (Vancouver area), Charlotte Skeeters
(California), Ember Schira and Lisa Strong --taught by Ember (Vancouver area),
Ernie "Hutch" Hutchinson (California), Bev Sutherland (Saltspring
Lunch was "in",
catered by the centres staff. Due to popular demand in previous years,
our deejay, Ember Schira provided dance music even during the lunch hour. Some
people just won't sit down!
At 2:00 we were
entertained by 3 Mini Teams (Duos and Trios). The Urban Chipmunks drew first
spot. Betty Clarke and Claire Gent were very cute as Alvin-type chipmunks. Next
came the Bavarian Buckaroos, husband and wife team Len and Kirsten Person. In
the German folk costumes, they swigged beer, slapped their shoes and put smiles
on everyone's faces. Susan Clark and Bridget MacCallum added a teammate this
year, Bridget's young daughter Jennifer who has become in just one year a very
stylish dancer. These entertaining routines were then considered by the
attendees who voted for their favourite team. (Results
competition continued until 3:45, after which there was entertainment and one
more dance workshop. Lyndsay Ryan (from the northern beaches of Sydney,
Australia) taught us an Aussie dance, Terry Hogan's "West Texas
By late afternoon
everyone was ready for something relaxing but fun, so that's when we had our
annual "Crazy Time". This portion of the event has developed out of such
craziness as last year's Bag Dancing, which was a little hard to top. But this
year I think we got even more laughs with the contest I called "The Produce
Pass". You had to be there, but it involved passing items of produce up one
leg, across the front, and down the other leg. Jeans were required apparel for
the men as this presented a little bit of a challenge for the women doing the
passing of the produce: a lemon, a banana (some with big honkin' knobs on them
too), and a hard-boiled egg except for one we were not sure about. (At least
that was the story.) We had 5 couples, 2 representing the US, 2 representing
Canada, and one couple of Kiwis from New Zealand. And wouldn't you know it
would be Graham Harris of Auckland to have the most fun with his banana.
and Kirsten Person managed to best the rest by passing the items the fastest,
they turned down their award... all the produce used in
the contest! Go figure. :-)
During the dinner
break, dancers had two options: 1) take a two-hour dinner break for a nice
leisurely dinner at the myriad of restaurants within walking distance, or 2)
they could order in food (or they could have brought it) for dinner and then be
treated to some quick line dance lessons by Ember Schira who breezed everybody
through some of our favorite recent line dances.
The "Late Part Day"
began at 7:00 with general dancing for the majority and, for the instructors,
an informal get-together where they could meet each other and where we had some
photos taken. There was one dance workshop as part of the evening festivities.
I taught the beautiful "Bellissimma" by Craig Smith, the dance that won the
recent choreography competition at "Battle of the Boots" in South Africa (from
Hours of dancing
followed featuring many of the most popular recent dances. A break was offered
by Western Spirit dressed as the California Raisins. Many thanks to Western
Spirit for all the hard work they put into this routine.
General dancing went
on until 11pm at which time only a few hearty souls were left
* * * AWARDS * *
Mini Teams winners were Kirsten and Len Person,
the "Bavarian Buckaroos".
1st place certificate
and $100 cash award: Chirsty Fox for "Hip To Your Jive"
2nd place certificate
and $50 cash award: Bev Sutherland for"G.I. Rhythm &
3rd place certificate
and $30 cash award: Betty Clarke for "High & Low"
thanks to ALL our choreographers. The general feedback was that this was one of
the strongest years for new dances and many instructors were interested in more
than the top 3 dances! That's terrific!
STEP SHEETS of the
Contact the choreographers:
Carmel Hutchinson: CARMELH@aol.com
Ernie "Hutch" Hutchinson:
Reaume: "Fine Brown Frame" Step sheet can be found at
or e Jenifer at email@example.com
Schira: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa
Charlotte Skeeters: email@example.com
Thank you very much, everyone, especially the many volunteers, for
helping make this another memorable event. Thanks to all the instructors who
supported this event so well. Thanks to Lynda Taylor for helping
emcee duties. Thanks to Joe Archer for being available. And most special thanks
to the special assistant without whom this event could not happen, Grant
Jamboree BC 2002 was the last of 8 successful annual events.
huge thank you
to anyone who contributed and
everyone who attended these events!!!
The photo pages will, hopefully, be a
reminder of those good times.