About the Club
Rambling Eights is a caller-run square dance club, run by caller David Pearce and
his wife Faith.
David has been calling Square Dancing for over 40 years and in that time has established
clubs in Armidale and Glen Innes NSW. When he moved to Brisbane in 1985 he established
Rambling Eights on Brisbane's southside. The club celebrated its 27th birthday in
The club has always had a reputation as a good training ground for dancers and David
is keen to continue that. He enjoys teaching and the dancers have a lot of fun learning
the different steps.
Before he retired David was involved in corporate training. He enjoys teaching and
calling. He explains, demonstrate and reinforces the moves he teaches. He has a
lot of fun doing it and we have a lot of fun learning.
A typical evening consists of a number of brackets with rest periods in between.
In the early part of the evening there will be some teaching of various square dance
moves, followed by a singing call that uses the moves just taught. Brackets will
be mixed up between beginner, mainstream and plus levels depending on the dancers
Later on, the brackets generally consist of a hoedown - which is a series of called
moves with a rhythmic backing track - followed by a singing call - which is a recognizable
song with square dance calls intermixed with the song lyrics.
Square dancing is sometimes broken up with brackets of round dancing or line dancing,
and there is a break for a cuppa and some supper and a few bits of administration
A few times a year the club holds special dances - Club birthday, Christmas in July,
Christmas proper and so on, where members of other clubs are especially invited to
attend. We also hold an annual square dance weekend camp at Lake Perseverance which
is a huge load of fun.
Of course the club is part of and supports the Queensland and Australian Square Dance
societies, and members often attend other Clubs' dances and Society events.