FUN TIMES: The Warra New Year's Eve Dance.
FUN TIMES: The Warra New Year's Eve Dance. File.

Making midnight mad since the '50s

THOSE looking for an opportunity to dance 2018 goodbye might find the Warra New Year's Eve Dance to be right up their alley.

Travel back to a time of New Vogue and Old Time Dance with the soothing sounds from The Silver Comets before going head to head with other party-goers in a competition taking place when the clock strikes 12.

Kicking off at 8pm and promising a dash of midnight madness, the New Year's Eve Dance is set to fill the hall with more than just music.

Warra Hall Committee chairman Jeff Taylor said the Warra New Year's Eve Dance had embraced a special tradition since its early days in the 1950s.

"We'll have midnight madness at 12 o'clock,” Mr Taylor said.

"We decorate the hall with about 300 balloons strung up on strings at the top of the hall. And at midnight they're released.”

When the balloons are released from the ceiling, patrons compete to see who can burst the most balloons.

"It sounds just like fireworks going off. We don't have fireworks but we have the sounds of bursting balloons,” Mr Taylor said.

Having started in 1958, the dance has now been running for 60 years and is organised by Warra Hall Committee.

"In 1958, that was about the only entertainment that was around. It was before TV, virtually,” Mr Taylor said.

"The pubs all closed at 10 o'clock at night. There were no licensed venues. People danced. We would get a few supplies from the hotel and then we went dancing.”

"In 1969 or 1970, I think, we had 1200 people turn up. It was a dollar to go in and we took $1200 at the door,” Mr Taylor said.

"It's reduced in size a bit; If we get over a hundred, we think we're doing pretty well.”

The hall will be decked out with a bar and guests will be treated to supper before midnight, the cost of which is included in the ticket.

"Everybody should come along if they enjoy good music. It doesn't matter whether they dance,” Mr Taylor said.

"If you want a nice night out that's very relaxing or if you want to dance to some lovely music, come along and soak up the atmosphere.”

Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for high school students, $25 for a family, and free for those in primary school and younger.

Tickets are available at the door.

For more information, contact Jeff on 0427681220.


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