Are you ready for a weekend of fun, dancing and good people?
Great! Then my Lake Perseverance Weekend is for you!
I hold this weekend twice a year.
- 3-5 November 2018
- 12-14 October 2018
The Price is $179 which includes:
- All meals (5 meals plus morning and afternoon tea).
- Accomodation (2 Nights -ensuite with each chalet style room).
- Dance parties.
Or just come for the parties – $15
For info and booking form click here: Lake Perseverance dance weekend 2018
Other options are one night stays, workshops including 2 meals and Sat night party – please enquire for prices
Friday night is “come as you are” theme and Sat night is purple/black/silver
- Please note a $20 late fee will apply if not paid 6 weeks (before camp date)
There will be a car pool operating so help with a lift or if needing a lift. Please be sure to put your name down during class on the provided notice if you are either requiring or can provide a lift.
- Arrive ONLY after 4.30pm on Friday and depart (after camp clean-up) by 12.30pm on Sunday.
- Costs: Adults – $179.00 OR $199 if payment after early bird deadline – Under 16 years – $159.00. (See below for details.)
- If there are any places available 2 weeks PRIOR to the camp date, you may come for just Saturday night – 1 night accommodation + 2 meals + dance parties on Saturday and Sunday – $149.00.
- If you are wishing to come for just workshop, dinner meal, and Saturday night social, you still have to book and pay 2 weeks previous to camp. Cost – CONTACT DEBBIE.
- Visitors are welcome (just turn up) for the dance party ONLY on either Friday or Saturday nights – $15.00 per dance party night or $12.00 for Sunday morning only (9am – 12pm).
- Full payment is required 6 weeks before the date of the start of the camp.
- A completed registration form must be sent with the payment. You can book your place(s) earlier by email or phone.
The registration form includes a map showing the location of the camp, which is between Esk and Crows Nest. The following instructions will help you get to the camp:
- Turn left at the Esk Shire Council Chambers on the Esk – Hampton Road. Travel 30 km up the hill.
- Turn right at the large brown tourist signs showing Lake Cressbrook, Lake Perseverance, etc.
- Go approximately 500 metres and then turn left.
- Go approximately 1 kilometre and then turn right on to Mt. Jockey Road.
- Follow this for approximately 11 km approx to the camp.
- Each turn is well sign-posted with the camp’s old name of “Lake Perseverance Recreation Lodge”.
- The actual road address is 854 Perseverance Dam Road, Crows Nest.
What do you get for your money?
The price includes:
- Accommodation – 20 Cabins, sleeping 3- 6 people with an en-suite.
- Friday Dinner to Sunday Breakfast – 5 meals – fully catered for by a professional caterer.
- Morning and Afternoon Teas
- Use of the camp’s sporting equipment, including tennis, basketball, table tennis, volley ball, or bushwalking by the lake.
- Dance parties on Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday morning. Please email 4 dance party requests at least 2 weeks previous to camp date.
- Saturday morning and afternoon dance workshop/revision by request (please email your revision requests at least 2 weeks before the camp).
Extra information about the camp:
- Food: all meals are catered for, including morning and afternoon teas. Tea & coffee is provided at all times. Anyone with special needs (or diets), etc, please inform me of this at time of booking. If you are arriving late for a meal or will be missing a meal, please notify me at least ten days before the start of the camp.
- Fridge: the fridge in the utility room is provided for the use of refrigerating your drinks and nibblies. And it would be a good idea to mark your goods with a texta pen. Alcohol is allowed, but please in moderation as you are dancing on the floor with others.
- Kitchen: No campers are allowed in the kitchen or preparation area (due to requirements for public liability insurance). You may like to bring your own tablecloth and personal crockery items (mug/glass, the ones supplied are quite small).
- Bedding: Supply your own sheets, blankets, sleeping bag and pillow, bring coathangers and EARPLUGS!!. It is best to bring an extra blanket to put on top of the vinyl-covered mattress. A cushion has been suggested for the chairs – not that you will be sitting much!!!
- Groups / Instructors: Please email your favourite dances & the song/artist 2 weeks prior, or bring your own music. You can also bring along games, etc – Scrabble, board or card games for socialising on the verandah on Saturday morning / afternoon.
- Smoking: is NOT permitted inside or outside Government non-residential buildings and will only be permitted in the designated smoking area – the gazebo on the hill near the hall. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
LAKEPERSO – REVIEW
I had been looking forward to the October Lake Perso weekend ever since my friend Lynn had attended the previous one in July. She had raved about what a great time she had and let me tell you everything she had told me lived up to my expectations.
We arrived on the Friday afternoon around 4.00 pm after an easy drive from Karana Downs. The camp is easy to find and I was really surprised by the presentation of the grounds and accommodation. Once the gates opened the small “platoon” of cars that had assembled outside, quickly streamed in – lots of people car pooled which made the experience all the more cosier before we even started.
We soon found our lodge and the other girls who had been quartered with us – 6 in all to share enough accommodation for 12. 4 of us were “Perso Virgins” but were soon settled in by those in the know and it was no time flat before we had unpacked and made up our bunks. We were all delighted with the ensuites which were attached to the sleeping quarters. Not to waste time we soon headed up to the Communal Hall to assemble with the others for our induction and evening meal.
Friday night kicked off with a Dance Party which went on until the early hours of the morning.
So many dances, some we knew others that were a bit beyond us but great to watch. There was something for everybody. Debbie as usual pushed us to the limit and as the night went on the numbers thinned out with all but the “addicts: remaining.
Saturday morning arrived and my friend Lynn and I decided to go for an early walk around the surrounding bush land and down to the Lake itself. This in itself was refreshing and cleared our minds ready for the challenges of the day ahead.
After a hearty breakfast we took a small break before beginning our morning workshop with the ever dedicated Grace. She took us through our paces with some of the dances that we had pre-arranged with her to brush up on and “get right” before our next Dance Party that night.
Some of the other folk took the morning off to go into Crows Nest for a look around – it was “Crows Nest Week” and there were some activities and markets on show.
At 11.00 pm the heat was really on when Debbie put us through our paces with the first new dance of the weekend – Sway – “oh my God!” 64 steps in all.
After we filled our faces again at lunch – a time of fellowship was enjoyed with a Trivia Quiz which was a lot of fun before we moved on to the next 3 new dances. That’s Nice – 32 Count, When you walked in – 64.5 count and the very pretty Fly Like a Bird – 32 counts. It was very challenging and by no means did I get them all right, but I learnt a lot – mainly don’t give up and keep trying.
An early tea was arranged for the evening as some of the group decided to go into Crows Nest for the Tracey “Koster “ concert which was to begin at 6.30 pm to be back again by around 8.00 pm in time for the Saturday Night Dance Party which had a “rainbow theme”. More great music, dancing, lots of fun and opportunities for new friendships followed. Debbie put us through our paces – some of us tried to escape but with little success. The catch cry of the weekend I think for the “virgins” was – how does it start?? By midnight my brain was mush and I was happy to slip quietly into my sleeping bag – before I knew it was morning again.
No walk today, we all were keen to pack up, clean out our lodge and get ready for the next workshop to refresh our addled brains on the dances we had learnt the previous day. This session was a more relaxed one and Debbie wasn’t quite as heavy on us if we chose to just sit down and watch. The highlight of the morning (for me anyway) was the freshly baked devonshire tea – don’t ask me how we still had room left to eat anything, but we managed it down before slipping out quietly to our car and headed for home.
This was truly a great weekend, for anyone who has not been – please give it a go. The price is unbelievably low and worth every cent. Thank you to Debbie, Grace and the advanced girls and boys who were a great help to us “newbies” – I can’t wait until I can dance Galway Girl the way it is meant to be. – Lorraine Bennett oct 09
Friday We left the Brisbane ‘burbs mid Friday afternoon heading west. Once we left the dust of the chaos in Ipswich Road these days (massive reconstruction work) behind we were in the afternoon sun heading through the beautiful Brisbane Valley with the road to ourselves. “We” were a trio of ladies (of a certain age), line dancers escaping the big city, families, responsibilities and looking forward to a weekend escape. We were headed for Lake Perseverence and a weekend of line dancing, a tri-yearly event headed up by Debbie of Dallas Linedancers.
We stopped for a break in Esk for a welcome cup of coffee at a country bakery (Oh for an old-fashioned country bakery in our big city) and then we started the winding climb up the range to our accommodation for the weekend. Run by Sport and Recreation Queensland is a beautifully laid out collection of modern cabins with bathroom at the lake’s edge, built around a large communal hall with fireplace and verandah which was to be the centre of our activities.
After settling in, we then gathered on the vereandah. The yellow wattle was out, the fire was blazing, the night was chilly, the food was hot and plentiful and the music and dancing even hotter. Requests were welcome and there were loads of them, some from way back. I had been at Mayfest in Toowoomba earlier in the year and was delighted to meet up with newly-made friends. Being a relatively new kid on the line dancing block, I am continually amazed at how far line dancers will travel in the pursuit of yet more dancing.
We fell into bed around 12:30 with aching feet and legs, and probably other aching bits as well! I was too tried to care..
Free time this morning. After breakfast – fruit, cereal, yoghurt, bacon and eggs, toast – the works in fact – there was tennis, table tennis, games, cards. Some went for drives to nearby towns and villages, socilising, and yes, dancing. Unstoppable we are once the music starts. We leapt up for another one when a familiar tune came, and taught each other. After morning tea, scones and cream time, we staggered down to the lake’s edge and back up again for lunch!
Then it was down to the serious business of the weekend – WORKSHOPS. All four of them – differing levels of hardship – something for everyone from beginner to advanced. I was flagging badly by the end of the aftrenoon – would we ever remember it all? I couldn’t even remember the names of the dances! We hauled ourselves back to the cabin and into hot showers. Who wanted to dress for dinner? – who had to? – PJs were the theme, and what a civilised way to dance. We ignored sore, aching, feet (and other bits) and got down to the busines of fitting in as many dances as possible – current ones, old ones, half-forgotten ones, partially remembered ones – but as always, just one more. Is this the line dancers’ mantra? Some people even drove up from Brisbane for the workshops and social, and then back down late that night. Wonder what the possums and kangaroos make of us two-legged arrivals prancing around in flannelette PJs in the Australian bush.
Weak winter sunshine, golden wattle glorious in the crisp mountain air, another breakfast – must be the air, I never eat as much at home. Time to pack up, sweep out our cabins and congregate in the hall. The music was flowing once again, and feet were responding; if brains were a little sluggish, well, they soon pepped up as the tantalising aroma of freshly baking scones drifted out! As the morning wore on people slowly, reluctantly, drifted away to descend the ranges for home and real life.
For me “Perso” is a retreat – special place – beautiful, typically Australian, and remote from my city life and routine. I feel recharged and energised in spite of being tired. Thanks, Debbie – we know it’s hard work for you, although it never shows, and it is much appreciated.
Roll on October and we’ll do it all over again. See you there.
Hi Debbie, Once again I would just like to say thank you for a great
weekend spent up at Perso. The dancing was brilliant as was the rest of the
weekend, meals organisation etc. You do a wonderful job of organising the
weekend and must feel great when it has gone so well. I made quite a few new
friends particularly some of the Warwick Dancers and am looking forward to
catching up again with them at the July Camp as they told me they certainly
would be returning.CYA, Chris
Just want to say a big thank you for a great weekend. We drove out of there on a high and can’t wait to get back again.
Hope to see you soon maybe even in July who knows.
Love my shoes
REVIEW– Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed the weekend at Perso.
As a “Perso virgin” I was a bit anxious as to what to expect as I have never done anything like this in my life before.
My worries of course were all in vain, as from the time we arrived on Friday afternoon everything was great, our accommodation was very comfortable, very clean and it was great to share and get to know the girls I went with. The grounds and the amenities were tops, it’s just so nice there, lots of places to just relax in the sun, read or go walking, Chris and I played table tennis together, was great fun.
Oh and the food was just terrific, the variety and the amount of food on offer was just fab, I cant think of anyone that wouldn’t be impressed.
Well last but not least was the Dancing, it was just soooo much fun, even dances I have never heard of I had a go at, no one cares if you get mixed up, everyone just tries to help you, it’s not a competition, it’s just fun and it’s a great social atmosphere.
Thank you for making Line Dancing and the weekend a wonderful time and I will certainly be visiting Perso again….
Kathy The “Angel”
JULY 2008 – Just a quick note of thanks for the great weekend I had at Lake Perseverance. I wasn’t planning to attend until a meeting I was supposed to attend was postponed. By the time they put the meeting back on that date, it was too late – ‘Perso virginity’ beckoned! I really appreciated getting a lift with the lovely Sue, thanks to your car pool arrangements. Thanks again, Sue.
As for the dancing and the food – mmm! I can report that I didn’t put on any weight, despite succumbing to the temptation of all those snacks and delicious meals. How was that possible? Dancing, of course. ‘Come on; this one’s easy!’ you assured us, over and over again. So, sucked in time and time again, I joined in and somehow managed to get through many dances I’d never done or heard of before.
I came away with a new repertoire of dances, a prize in the raffle, a pair of cool pink sneakers to match my PJs, a new appreciation of fresh country air, new friends, and plans to go again before too long.
Thanks again. Cathy
JULY 2008 – Thank you for the lovely DANCE weekend.
The setting was awesome, food good and as for the host.
Thank you Debbie.
avelina (sydney) oct ’07
Hello Deb, Just wanted to thank you and all the team that organised this beautiful dance weekend in the heart of Crows Nest at Lake Perso. I was so excited at first when Charlie & Lorri suggested going there last year in September, but when we finally got there although it had a lovely peaceful ambience about it, I was a bit anxious wondering what I had got my self into. Anyway, once we settled in and came in to dance, I was a bit nervous when I saw you and the others dancing beautifully and looked so at ease and graceful and thought wow!! I was amazed and thought that was a gentle intro into what is yet to come in this beautiful experience called “Line Dancing” or as some of my family affectionately put it as “Blind Dancing”.
As the night whiled away, the music you played, the split floor and watching my second family and now my new extended family of Line Dancers just seemed to make it all more worthwhile and fulfilling. It was meant to challenge my senses as the more I watched all the other participants and the ease they danced with, that I wanted to be in there amongst them and join in “their” fun. The rest is history…..
On Saturday afternoon, the moment I could hear the music from our room, my feet were just waiting to go again. You, Charlie, Liz and Kerry and all my other helpers on the floor did a great job with all the new dances and was able to pick up some of the new steps with ease. The instructions were clear and easy to follow.
I wanted to also sincerely thank all those people who came and said “hello” and introduced themselves to me and gave me an insight into what dances they had learnt etc. The fact that they came across and introduced themselves to me, had put me at ease and made it easier to settle down and learn from them all. This actually meant a lot to me and it certainly puts new entrants to this style of dancing at ease and encourages a bond and growth with our peers as we have come a long way from our comfort zones if you know what I mean. This showed that the wonderful people that are part of this fraternity are caring and look out for others that are newcomers and still feeling their feet around the dance floor. The whole atmosphere inside the hall and out on the balcony area just felt so at ease and relaxed.
A “big thank you” to Frank and I think it is Lyn the catering lady. It was wonderful that there was so much food to cater to everyone’s needs and the amazing cost of a weekend away. The ensuites were cosy, clean and tidy and great that we could hire most of the manchester items save lugging it around the state and enjoyed the walk around the property. My family and I have been in catering & hospitality industry for a few years and know of the work involved in catering for the crowds. Although it looks easy, it is not always due to the early starts etc and the pressure to ensure that everything is done “on time”. It is a thankless job but yet it gave us all a break from the kitchen and got a chance to socialise instead and indeed very appreciative.
I have exchanged phone numbers with a few people that were there and no doubt meet them at other socials that coming up. I look forward to talking to you soon and another wonderful weekend break at this beautiful venue in the near future.
Kind regards and thank you once again for your lovely hospitality.
REVIEW BY TOM AND DEBBIE TRAVERS: (JULY ’07)
As Perso virgins we were not at all sure what to expect with the July getaway, being only new to line dancing (we completed Debbie’s beginner course in May,) we thought that our lack of experience may hold us back but we were in for a delight. Everyone was extremely friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome; the atmosphere is reminiscent of old school camps or scout jamborees with everyone rugged up against the cold weather and downing many hot teas and coffee. The weather was pretty cold but it made for good dancing ad the weekend provided a lot of that.
Debbie started the first dance party straight after a lovely dinner and we got stuck in, making an absolute dog’s breakfast of several beginner dances, much to Debbie’s bemusement. We got off to bed late Friday with sore feet and legs but looking forward to what the morning would bring.
Saturday was nonstop dance from just after breakfast to late night and included a few lessons including one by our own Grace who showed a deft touch at teaching.
Sunday was again more dance after breakfast and camp cleanup, unfortunately we had to leave a little early so missed out a bit.
To anyone who has been thinking about going, just do it, the weekend was a fantastic experience with good food, good company, a great atmosphere and dancing, dancing, dancing.
We will be on the next trip in October.
REVIEW BY MAUREEN:(MAR’07)On Friday the 23rd March 65 lovers of linedancing headed for the hills of the Darling Downs to spend their weekend dancing their feet off, laughing their heads off and filling their tum tums with heaps of good food. This event was the regular Lake Perseverance – affectionately know as ‘PERSO’ -weekend hosted by the inimitable Debbie from Dallas Linedancers.
‘Perso’ is always supported by dancers and in many cases their teachers from
Brisbane, the Sunshine & Gold Coast, Northern NSW, the Darling Downs and of
course the intrepid travellers from Tamworth. Teachers of the calibre of
Chris Watson, Liz Collett, Sue & Leon Butcher and Marie Larson add much to
the success and enjoyment for all. This support by all is greatly
appreciated by Debbie.
After checking into our comfortable cabins, greeting our new roommates we
enjoyed the balmy weather dining on a delicious dinner on the verandah. –
Then the fun begins with non- stop dancing until midnight with our Debbie
in rare form – those hip movements defy gravity. We do hope Chris Watson
appreciated the talented flourishes we all added to his dance “BURN IT”
After midnight the stopouts practice some very different dance steps and
actually try to add singing (no wonder Debbie recommends we bring ear plugs)
to the movement.
Saturday morning brought fabulous mild weather again. It is just so great
to dance without the QLD heat. After breakfast we sat on the verandah –
many doing what all women love to do – have a good chat. Others played
games while some visited the local towns. For those not wanting to wait
until the afternoon workshop Debbie always has music playing and Grace
kindly did a revision teach of ‘ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK’
After lunch Debbie had her revision workshop – this is programmed from
requests and includes a dance for each level. Chris (love that fresh from
the shower hairdo)Watson taught his dance ‘ONE HEART’ ; Allan taught an old
favourite ‘I WALK THE LINE’. followed by Debbie’s teach’s of
‘T.F.M. CHA CHA and ‘AMAZED’ which was very popular.
Guess what!!! it was dinner time again but then in true form we hit the
floor to work all the great food off our hips (Oh god do we hope). The
numbers had swelled to over 80 with all wearing their best beach wear. As
always dressing up in lovely colourful shirts, skirts and leis induces a
great party mood. Of course non-stop dancing again to midnight catering to
all levels ensured that a great time was had by one and all. Where do people
get the energy from then to continue with the after midnight shenanigans.
For those who did still have some energy left on Sunday morning – but of
course with devoted line dancers it is boundless- Debbie put on another
social. Sue & Leon Butcher, Liz Collett and Debbie performed a very
graceful rendition of a dance ‘HOLDING BACK THE OCEAN”. Just lovely and
hopefully this dance will be taught in many classes in the near future.
Then home we all travelled no doubt to have a long Sunday afternoon nap – I
know I did.
Once again Debbie did a fantastic job of programming all of our requests
covering a wide range of dances and encouraging dancers of all levels to
stretch their talents.
The next ‘PERSO” weekends will be held mid July and October. If anyone has
never been to this value packed event they do not know what they are
missing. So!! come along and join the FUN!!!.
REVIEW BY ALAN SHAILER (OCT ’06):Thanks for your email, as usual I had a great time, and the reason I go is because you always make it a fun event, I look forward to my next experience at Perso. I have a great time be it at your dance parties or at Perso…
REVIEW BY GAYE LANAGAN:(OCT ’06) : I just wanted to thank you for a great weekend. I had an absolute ball and met some very nice people. Thought that I would forward this email on to you. I am sure that you will appreciate it.
REVIEW BY LIZ COLLETT: (OCT ’06)
Thank you, I really enjoyed the weekend. You work so hard and at least you can have some fun with it. Will see you at your dance party. Thanks again
REVIEW BY MAUREEN ANSPACH: (OCT ’06):Maxine, Marcia and myself would like to thank you for a wonderful weekend. You did a brilliant job, we enjoyed ourselves so much. The food, everything was perfect. Next time we won’t bring so much luggage, we didn’t know what to expect and brought far too much with us. My daughter reckons M,M and myself sound like Lampoon’s vacation of grannies on a bootscooting weekend. We didn’t get a chance to thank you personally as you were busy with dancing. Thank you sooo much.
REVIEW MY MARCIA ELDRIDGE OCT ’06: I was a Perso virgin. Thank you for a most wonderful weekend… was great. Hope to be there next year.
REVIEW BY BRENDA DURAN (JULY ’06):Well were do you start.
Friday started with a delicious Roast dinner and desert cooked by our caterer Lyn.
Followed by a chat by the ranger on duty for the weekend ( oops I forgot his name which doesn’t matter it wasn’t FRANK) !!!!! We All Love Frank.
Then the dancing started.The floor was filled with eager dancers some remembering all the steps some not quite sure, but keen to follow. The Perso virgins seemed to be enjoying their first Perso.We had a few girls from Toowoomba turn up just for the social it was good to catch up with them. It was a good night for everyone to meet and greet if you didn’t know everyone.
At about Midnight (bewitching hour) Debbie finished the linedancing music and continued with dance music a few got up to strut their stuff.
Saturday started with Brekkie and a bit of dancing if you wanted to. Some went off and did there own thing, some stayed and played board games and cards some more competitive than others ( I think the chant went Take Two I said TAKE TWO!!!! I’m sure she is not taking Two) any guesses who that was. There was no sports played due to the rain ( not much but enough to stop the sport) So the Great Tennis Challenge has been postponed to next time. Around 2 o’clock the revision classes started. Debbie revised 4 dances 3 of which she taught herself and 1 she handed over to a “Guest Instructor” ( I personally would say a virgin instructor) Allan who I might add did a great job teaching Tush Push (the ladies seemed to enjoy watching the tush). After all the revision classes we all went off to rest and freshen up ( Those of us who didn’t sleep thru all the classes that is). 7PM kicked of the social again, All the requests that weren’t played Friday were definitely played Saturday Nite. Dancing dancing and more dancing.!!!!!
Sunday finished up on a mini scoot until 11.30 a bit of packing up and a little bit of cleaning to finish of a GREAT WEEKEND.
But I must say I good time was had by all. I know I am never disappointed in my weekends at PERSO. All I can add is if you have not been to PERSO GIVE IT A GO YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPPOINTED. IT IS A FUN FUN FUN WEEKEND!!!! GET SOME FRIENDS TOGETHER AND BOOK A ROOM. THANK YOU DEBBIE FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU PUT IN TO MAKE THE WEEKEND POSSIBLE.!!!
REVIEW BY BRENDA DURAN (MAR’06):Thank you for a great week end I had a BALL. I feel everything went well I really did not hear any complaints. All positives no negatives. I’m glad that I could help out all the new people I was new once and I appreciated a bit of help especially when you are not sure. Thank you again for a great weekend. Everyone seemed to get on well.
REVIEW BY CHARLIE MIFSUD (MAR ’06): Lorri and I had a very enjoyable time……It was a fantastic weekend and even if i did get slightly stressed in having to teach, it was good practice as you say. i think i am coping ok with that side of things and everyone on the floor got the dance so i guess i must have done an ok job. We met some many nice people there so i personally enjoyed that interaction. If they keep going we will be back!
REVIEW BY REG HAIRE (SYDNEY DANCER) (MAR ’06): Talk about stuffed!!!,we were all falling asleep waiting for the plane.Because of the time difference, I didn’t get home until 11pm I’m sure Kerry, Charlie & Laurie wouldn’t get home much before midnight. Jackie was having the Monday off, she is experienced with these weekends away, with linedancers. (smart girl) We all commented on what a great time we had, it was good to see so many people, doing the old dances. In Sydney there would only be a handful on the floor, if that. As I have only been dancing for 4 years, I don’t know many of the old ones. And there are so many dances going around, the teachers don’t have time to revise the old ones, which is a pity. Overall we enjoyed the weekend, every one was very friendly and a fun time was had by all. We look forward to the next one.