Nan and Sam Sapuppo

Innisfail, North Queensland

Nan always loved dancing, and commenced Square Dancing in Innisfail, North Queensland, in March 1979.

She first saw Round Dancing a few months later when Art and Blanche Shepherd and a group of New Zealand Dancers visited Cairns. Nan knew right away Round Dancing was for her, even though, at this stage it was amusing to hear some of the cues, a scissors representing a move.

July the same year she commenced travelling to Cairns for beginner Round Dance classes conducted by Bill and Glad Browning, President couple of Coral Coasters Square and Round Dance Club, Edmonton, NQ.

With the cued tapes supplied for practice, interested dancers from Innisfail Grand Squares were introduced to the basics of Round Dancing. Nan progressed to cueing, with much trial and error and lots of practice. Home became a base for teaching beginners and continued with dancers in three classes at different stages. A fourth class followed on to cater for the new beginners.

In the early 1980’s Bill and Glad Browning retired and so Nan and Sam then danced with Trinity Round Dance Club Cairns until the Tully Club commenced in 1987.

Nan cued Rounds at three Clubs Dances over many years:

Other activities in a very busy dance life over the years included:

Nan and Sam have been honoured for their contribution to dancing as follows:

They attended the National Convention in Caloundra in 2003.

Nan and Sam Sapuppo - Life Members of the Queensland Round Dance Association

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