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‘Young and young at heart’ at Coronation Hall country dance

by Sophie Kuijper Dickson
Bristol
May 18, 2024
Two-steppers and square dancers, and even a group of line dancers all the way from Chapeau returned Bristol’s Coronation Hall to its former dance hall glory on Saturday evening, filling the venue for a few hours of good old-fashioned boot-stomping, toe-tapping, do-si-do fun.
To the tune of live music from the Dennis Harrington & Heritage Country band, dancers of all ages took turns prancing across the cleared space in front of the stage.
When the young peewee square dancers from the Shawville 4-H Club took the floor, in traditional square dancing outfits and with 11-year-old member Eloise Thompson calling the steps from the stage, the seasoned dancers admired the younger talent from the tables that lined the perimeter of the room.
And when it was the older generation’s turn up on the dance floor again, the 4-H dancers flooded the hall’s front lawn, taking the opportunity to practice their steps, twirl their skirts, and offer themselves as dinner to the teams of mosquitos that had also shown up for the unofficial season launch party of Coronation Hall.
“This hall, that’s what it should be for,” said Norma Graham, mother to the hall’s owner Greg Graham, and the . . .

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