Marilyn van Sambeeck's passion for square dancing has been the driving force behind Darwin 2021, the 62nd Australian National Square Dance Convention.
Her dream has been to bring another square dance convention to Darwin, Australia and to have as many Aussies and overseas dancers as possible attend to create and live their own dreams in Darwin in 2021
Marilyn, a Sandgroper, has been an active square dancer on and off the floor since 1994 and has loved every moment.
Dancing has always been part of Marilyn's life and has being a convenor of two past WA State Conventions and the Registration Officer for the 2011 Darwin Convention.
Married to Jeff, a square dance caller, Marilyn is a proud member of Dianella Rangers SDC in Western Australia. She is also the proud mother of two children with four grandchildren, two step children with four step grandchildren. Marilyn is a people person, a true sanguine, who would love to welcome you in Darwin in 2021.
I have been involved in square dancing since I was in my teens, learning with one of the best teachers in Melbourne – Jack Murphy.
My first experience of working on the committee of a National was with the Darwin Convention in 2011. The unique challenge for that convention was liaising with committee members from all States.
I had such a great time working with that committee that I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to do it all over again, with a different committee and much better technology which will make communication so much easier!
Don Barba, from Western Australia, is the publicity officer for the 62nd Australian National Square Dance Convention.
Don has been dancing for the past 6 years and belongs to a number of clubs in WA including Swan Valley, Greenfinches and Kiwilers.
Dancing has given Don the opportunity of meeting some very special people in both his home state, in Melbourne and overseas. A recent retiree from education, Don is married to his sunshine Sharon, an inspiring writer.
Besides dancing Don loves to travel overseas, follow the Eagles and spend time in Melbourne together with Sharon and their two grandchildren. This is Don's first venture in being involved in a national convention.
Barry began square dancing in the mid 1970’s and has been a dedicated and hard working dancer ever since, having held a number of executive positions in various square dance organisations.
Barry has held executive positions of the local club, state convention committees, Tas Callers Assoc. and the State Society. Furthermore he has contributed to the National Square Dance Society serving two terms as President and a number of years as State delegate.
Barry has an extensive experience with National Conventions with attendance at over 35 along and being a member of 9 National Committees (5 as Convenor or Co-Convenor) and served as the Chairman of the Australian National Square Dance Convention Board for 16 years.
Barry together with his wife Kaye (who will act as registrar) have represented Tasmanian in a number of Show Case rounds including the first one won by Tasmania in Perth in 1978, been honored by the Tasmania Square Dance Society Inc. with Life Membership in 1993. Barry has also been further privileged being one of the first two from Tasmania being added to the National Roll of Honor by the National Square Dance Society in 2002 and being made a Life Patron for National Square Dance Conventions in 2005.
Barry goes about his duties in a quiet and unassuming manner and when looking at the impressive list of accomplishments could be well described as a "quiet achiever". With a background in Management & a qualified accountant you can be sure that he will ensure that all the financial aspects of the convention will be attended to in a professional manner.
Mike Davey has been a square dance caller and teacher for more than 40 years. In that time, he has run 4 clubs at mainstream and plus level.
Mike is currently secretary of the Victorian Callers' Association and a member of the Australian Callers' Federation.
He has programmed many Victorian State Conventions, two National Conventions and he was Convenor for the Bendigo National in 2017.
Mike has travelled across Australia, New Zealand and Japan calling for festivals and special events. He is looking forward to working with Jeff Van Sambeeck on another Darwin National in 2021 as they do the program together.
Jeff started square dancing in 1976 and calling in 1977. Since that time, he has called all levels from basic to A2 over a 41-year career.
Jeff has also choreographed major floorshows for the Nationals in Sydney 1988, Perth 1993 and Perth 2002.Jeff has run and programmed five State conventions and one National convention with Mike Davey in 2011. The two will be reunited in Darwin 2021.
Among his many contributions to square dancing, Jeff has also been a board member of the ACF and five years as its Chairman.
Darwin 2021 will be Jeff’s last major event and he is looking forward to once again working with Mike in programming the 62nd Australian National Square Dance Convention.