The Australian Square Dance Review (previously known as "The South Pacific Square Dance Review")
The “Review” is the longest running Square Dance magazine in Australia. Over the years, as each state introduced their own publication, the Review became a reference for travelling dancers to find information on other clubs around Australia. It still functions this way today, particularly as more & more dancers retire and take to the road to explore our great land.
As from January 2017, the Review has been available to all as a free “pdf” published on a quarterly basis - simply by subscribing to it. For further information or to subscribe, go to the website SQUARE DANCE AUSTRALIA by using the link below -
A History of “The Australian Square Dance Review”
By Jim White
In an endeavour to publicise and let dancers know what was going on, I wrote the first square dance magazine in NSW - “Let’s go Square Dancing”, the forerunner to the “Australian Square Dance Review”. It was typed on stencils for a Gestetner machine by Madge Griffith, and the society secretary Bruce Hinton and helpers copied it off. (There were no photocopiers in those days and printing press products for short runs were too expensive). Then, for a short time, it became part of the Love Brothers dance publication on dancing in general until that folded. At that stage, we found a small printer who would do it cheaply and renamed it “South Pacific Square Dance Review” as by then we were posting to clubs or societies in every state as well as New Zealand. Graham Rigby joined us in the production and distribution of the magazine in Queensland. Later all States received copies.
But one of our biggest problems with State distributions was the postal department who either took too long to deliver or who lost the package altogether. I ceased to be editor in 1958 when I decided to go overseas for 9 months, and Tom McGrath took over.
* In January 2010, the South Pacific Square Dance Review was renamed “The Australian Square Dance Review” in order to reflect its true coverage of Square Dancing throughout Australia.
* From January 2017, the Review was reduced from 10 issues per year to 4 issues & these are available via email.