Posted by Jackie on 01-Jul-2013
Love Physie for everything it can teach you about yourself.
Love Physie for the feeling of belonging to a group endeavouring to do its best.
Love Physie for being involved in a team whose members can’t wait to see you do your best.
Love Physie because it takes all of the team members to give it life.
Love Physie because, at its best, Physie’s traditions will include your contributions.
Love Physie because you belong to a long line of fine women who have loved it. It is now your legacy.
Love Physie so much that you will pass on your love of it to another girl who has seen your dedication, your work, your challenges, your triumphs… and then she will, because of you, love Physie.
Posted by Robyn on 30-Jun-2013
“I first attended physie at Tron Kirk Presbyterian Church in 1939. It was so exciting – a lady played the piano and we could watch the big girls do folk dances and eurythmics. In 1941, I was in my first team. Having waited 3 years to win a medal I found that, because of the war and the scarcity of metals, we received only a little tin badge. We had a concert every year which was great fun for all. I joined Leonians (a Business Girls’ Club) in 1952 and was invited by K W Allen to teach. My first club was Chester Hill, then Merrylands Methodist and Parramatta Presbyterian. In 1959 Mr Bill Turner asked me to teach associates!! and to help with choreography, which I still do. In the late 60’s I began to train the Ballarat Squad in figure marching, exercises and folk dance to compete in the VIC/SA/WA combined physical culture and calisthenics competitions, which I loved being involved with. I have taught and relieved at a dozen or so clubs and have met some wonderful people and seen some lovely places around Australia. I have retired three times so – why am I still here? I love every minute!”
In 2012, BJP’s 120th anniversay year, Betty was awarded a medal for 60 years of teaching.
Posted by Maxine on 29-Jun-2013
Charli loved competing at the age of 6 but she just couldn’t control her nerves.
She would cry throughout the routines but refused to come off the floor because deep down she really wanted to be out there taking part.
Now she is 12 and performs in front of thousands of people with confidence.
She thanks physie for giving her the strength to believe in herself.
Her teacher sent us this snapshot-history.
Posted by Jackie on 28-Jun-2013
Posted by Robyn on 27-Jun-2013
The BJP Teachers’ Conference last weekend was an intensive two days of learning and active workshops for our teachers. Sessions focussed on physie, ballet and dance technique, stretching, teamwork, judging, dance expression, strength, yoga, marketing and of course giving a fun lesson to your students – very important! The delegates had fun themselves as well, hitting the dancefloor for hours at the dinner and being entertained by a visiting Korean with his own gang of gorgeous BJP backup dancers from Melbourne, Brisbane, Wollongong and Newcastle… click on the link to watch the video clip. http://youtu.be/dYQ90pnfHyY