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Fiona Barclay Committee Member & Head Judge
Fiona learned Rock'n'Roll at the Colac club in 1994 after returning to Colac from Melbourne with her two children. She and Malcolm first competed at the VRRDA competition in Colac in 1995. (Still regarded by many as the best State Finals yet with over 800 people in attendance). This made a big impression on them and they were hooked. Fiona works as a lending assistant at a mortgage broking firm and enjoys walking, reading, cooking and is a member of the Geelong Football Club. She and Malcolm have made many enduring friendships through Rock ‘n’ Roll both at their local club and through travelling around to competitions. They are teachers at the Colac R’n’R Club and get great satisfaction from seeing their students enjoying themselves and improving their dancing.
Don Malek Committee Member
Don is a business executive who, over the last few years, has developed a passion for competitive Rock'n'Roll dancing. He and Cheryl have been adding to their tally of successes at a range of dance events. Their passion has taken them throughout Australia and to international events such as the New Zealand Rock'n'Roll championships, Swing & Lindy championships in LA and they even danced with the locals in Canada. Don and Cheryl have made many friends and enjoyed what Rock'n'Roll has given them over the last few years, and as such, Don joined the VRRDA with the philosophy of "wanting to give something back" to a dance style that has given both of them so much.
Jo Duncan Committee Member
Horses and children took up Jo’s first 45 years of life, until a chance encounter introduced her to Rock ‘n’ Roll and Lindy Hop. She began attending lessons with Greg & Wendy Gilbert from S’CoolHouse Rock & Swing in 2007. Dancing had become her passion. She competed in the team’s event in the 2009 VRRDA State Championships and later as a couple with David Tarrant. Together with David, she now takes great enjoyment instructing at Echuca S’CoolHouse Rock & Swing and at work shops across Victoria, introducing many new people to Rock’n’Roll and Lindy Hop dance styles.
Dave Tarrant Committee Member
Dave fell in love with Rock’n’Roll during his first lesson in 2005, and Lindy Hop followed later that same year. Dave completed a 12 months intensive teaching cadetship under Wendy and Greg Gilbert, and has been teaching Rock’n’Roll and Lindy Hop at S’CoolHouse Rock and Swing Echuca since 2008. He has conducted dance workshops throughout Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania. Dave and partner Jo Duncan have been place getters at the VRRDA State Titles in both individual and teams events, and place getters in the Melbourne Open Championships. Dave, known as ‘Dancin’ Dave’, DJ’s his own radio show; the ‘JumpSwing Breakaway’ on the local radio station EMFM 104.7 He also manages Dancin’ Man Promotions.