Louise started square dancing when she was 11 years old. She began social and competition square dancing simultaneously, dancing square and round dances on Fridays nights at Kevin and Pat Little’s Dreamweavers Club in Chester Hill and competition square dancing Wednesday nights at Bankstown Sports Youth Club with Club trainer, Joan Mason. Louise fondly remembers dancing with her two siblings and parents, and making life-long friendships with other families from the Square Dance world.
After Kevin and Pat Little made the decision to move to Queensland, David Todd took over the Dreamweavers social and competition clubs and amalgamated it with Fairfield RSL Youth Club (previously run by Square Dance Caller Nason Aymer). It was with David’s encouragement that Louise’s involvement in Square Dancing deepened. She became an Assistant Trainer for the Dreamweavers and Fairfield RSL Competition clubs, and also took on the role of the NSW Youth Delegate for the then Square Dance Society of New South Wales, and the Australian National Youth Square Dance Council. Louise loved travelling up and down the NSW coastline, attending many weekend dances such as the Armidale Square Dance Festival and the Spring Swing, and travelling around Australia to the National Conventions and clubs in this capacity. She was also a part of other committees organising events to promote Square Dancing such as the Darling Harbour promotion for Square Dancing, and the September Dance Weekend held at Nepean High School. Louise also regularly wrote articles for the Australian Square Dance Review.
Louise regularly danced at the 50/50 Greystanes dance with cuers Ray Skinner and Dorothy Ranger and also at the Mountain Devils Square Dance Club at Blaxland East. She assisted training students in Lower Blue Mountains primary schools and completed a calling program at Medowie. Louise’s first convention was the NSW State Convention in Liverpool, NSW in 2000, and she remembers marvelling at the gathering of like-minded people all packed into the one venue.
In 2005, Louise graduated from University with degrees in Arts and Teaching. In 2007, She made the tough decision to leave square dancing for a while and focus on her career as a high school teacher. She returned to dancing in 2017 and currently dances at Top Cats Square Dance Club at Sutherland with caller/cuer Brett Gill.
Louise has always been passionate about and worked towards the inclusion of young people in Square Dancing. As one of the youngest members of the Convention Committee (at 36 years of age!!), she brings a ‘youthful’ perspective to the team.