History of the Cairns Rock and Roll Club
The origins of the club go right back to 1989 when two keen dancers, Robert de Pugh from New Zealand and Connie Lands were joined by a few other enthusiastic dancers; Tony Dunne, Marilyn, Dianne, Pam Page, Robert Zemeske, Rata de Pugh and Heather Powers. They started dancing at Birdies Nightclub at the Great Northern Hotel in Lake Steet.
In 1991, as the group had grown in numbers, it was decided to turn the group into an incorporated club; The Cairns Rock and Roll Dance Club Inc. It had a constitution, regular lessons, venues and students. The club went from strength to strength and consequently had to change venues from time to time to cater for the increasing numbers of dancers and changing circumstances. These venues included The Nest Nightclub, the Railway Institute, Stratford Hotel, the City Club in Abbott Street, the Seniors Citizens Hall in Gatton street, the Masonic Hall on the corner of Grafton & Minnie Streets, Crosswell Hall at Cairns State High in Grafton St and Edgehill State School. The Club now holds dance classes and dance socials at Railway Hall 42, McNamara St. Cairns
In keeping with the aims of the club, over the years members have often attended many Cairns functions and events, participating in Rock and Roll demonstrations, private functions, school events and festivals.
During the years 1995 to 2000 the Club entered a float in the very popular "Fun in the Sun" parade,
and later entered floats in the "Cairns Festival", giving much pleasure to both dancers and spectators.
For the Club's 5th, 10th and 21st anniversaries, celebratory functions were organized. The Club organized its 25th anniversary to celebrate on 16th August 2014 at the Edge Hill State School. As this date was also the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, the theme for the night was appropriately "Jail House Rock".
Today, the club is going as strong as ever. We have a strong dedicated committee who, as well as ensuring the smooth running of the club, are continually planning future events. Several Social dances are held throughout the year which are always very well attended and prove to be a great night of dancing and fun.
We are always happy to welcome new members, as well as past members who may wish to become involved once again.
We hope to see you soon!