Our Guildford Greystanes Dance History
Guildford-Greystanes Physie Club (originally Guildford Anglican Club) was established in 1956 by its founding teacher Mrs Isabel Bugden. The first classes were held in the Guildford Anglican Church, and moved on to Greystanes Community Hall in 2007.In those early days, the club experienced huge growth. The first members remember the club’s heydays when Mrs Bugden presented multiple teams and experienced great success at a national level. The success of the club is attributed to that fact that Physie was very affordable and Mrs Bugden was a highly respected teacher.
Physie in those days was very different to the Physie we do today. Girls wore handmade tunics and ballet shoes with elastics and very big “beehive” hairstyles. The syllabus was very simple compared to today’s Physie. Each club had their own pianist who played the music accompanying each routine. Miss Maureen was the club’s first pianist, followed by Mrs Dilly.
One fond memory of the early days of the club is the end-of-year concerts. Mrs Bugden would prepare an end of year entertainment item in which every girl participated. Some of the most memorable include Itsy bitsy bikinis, Hand on your Heart and New York, New York. Countless hours went into creating stunning costumes made of crepe paper and performances took place at Parramatta Town Hall. The end-of-year concerts were the highlight of the Guildford Physie year.The club remains to be one of the longest established BJP clubs remaining and has experienced much success in team and individual competitions, maintaining a position in championship level for many years.
Mrs Bugden remained a long standing teacher at the club for over 57 years until her death in 2013.
Many wonderful teachers built on the foundation created by Mrs Bugden, to ensure Guildford Physie remains in the strong position it does today.