HOW IT ALL STARTED
We were known as the Buffalo Indian Village, the first North
American Indian dance club in the area; performing shows at fetes and schools
etc. We had 3 authentic tee-pee’s which we used to do our costume changes in
and also to camp overnight at some shows. We used to research and make all our
own costumes. Alas due to lack of support the Buffalo Indian Village is no more.
Once a year we did an authentic camp at Romsey. Our
Indian dance rehearsals were held once a week, and after rehearsals we used to
do a bit of line dancing which we had learnt 30 years ago at Brean Sands with
Dick and Geneva from America; they were the first people to introduce line
dancing to the UK. We then went out to C&W dances doing our line dancing
and we were asked to teach line dance, thus resulting in our second club,
Buffalo Line Dance. Irene has also had success over the years with some of her
choreography mainly ‘Native American’, ‘Cha Cha Roma’ and ‘Keeper of the Stars’.
The dance sheets can be found on this site.
Twice a year we were holding charity dances at Leigh Park
Working Men’s Club where we were asked on several occasions if we would start a
C&W dance, but we could not see any hall big enough in the area until one
evening we read in the evening news about a hall being built at Horndean. After
looking at it, before it was even finished building completion, we had our name
down for the dances once a month, thus creating our third and final club, Buffalo
CWDC and that was over 20 years ago.
For a few years we did a dance weekend at Horndean, with
caravans coming from all over the country; about a hundred vans with their
flags flying; it was a lovely sight up on the top field, we had 3 halls working
with line dance, partners and two-step etc. Live bands performed on Friday and
Saturday with the whole event finishing on Sunday afternoon. We met lots of
lovely people who used to come back every year.
Over the years we have fund-raised for and donated to
various charities, but now we just focus on the Rocky Appeal which helps raise
funds for state of the art medical equipment at the Queen Alexander Hospital in
Cosham. Every year we aim to raise £1000.00 which has been collected by our members
with 20pence pieces and donations in the Rocky Jar which we have on display
every dance. Every December we invite Mick Lyons from the Rocky Appeal along to
receive the cheque on behalf of the Buffalo CWDC.
Alas due to lack of support the Buffalo Indian Village is
no more and Irene gave up Buffalo Line Dance club back in 2011 when she had to
have her second lot of knee replacements. However Buffalo CWDC is still
thriving after more than 20 years of hard work and determination from Irene,
Roy and the team.
As many of you will know Roy suffered from a stroke back
in early 2012 and sadly passed away on 29 January 2013. Since his stroke Irene
and Roy’s Grandaughter Stacey and her partner Tom have helped Irene to run
Buffalo CWDC with Tom working extremely hard to bring the club up-to-date with
technology and even creating and maintaining our website.
Hopefully we have many more fun years of dancing ahead of
us and thank you all for your support over the years.