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“Until the party,
and tough to the
point of being
said the Byron
Bay novelist. “I was
stereotyping her because
she is German. But when she
got me in dance hold after the
dinner, she was so assured and
confident. When she moved,
she was really beautiful. Maybe
it was because she was leading.”
It was Jesse who took the lead
in enticing 48-year-old Andi into
her bed. Now, less than a year later,
the couple is Byron Shire’s hope for
the Montreal Gay Games – in ballroom
Jesse has never danced ballroom before
and Andi never competitively, but when
the dinner party crowd organised a class
with straight teacher, Kylie Mowbray-
Allen last year, Andi knew she was
heading for Montreal and Jesse knew
she would be following.
Andi longed to dance in the Games after
seeing the A Grade gold medallists,
who were mostly German, perform at
the Gay Games Ball in Sydney 2002.
“Men and women couples were in
tails,” she said. “It made me cry. One
female couple swapped leader and
follower roles half way through. It
was very sexy, very accomplished.
They were so smooth when they
moved together, not a ripple.
And filled with feeling.”
From years of training
for competitive sports
and rehearsing for a
troupe, Davey knew she would need at
least 18 months to skill up for the games.
But she had no partner and there was no
teacher in Byron Bay. Time was ticking
on. Then suddenly, thanks to Jesse and
the dinner party, the dream was about to
come true. A terrifying prospect. “It’s a
big commitment. I had no idea how hard it
was going to be learning this,” she said.
But after just three months, the couple
returned from Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian
Australian Dance Championship last
December with a fistful of medals – seven
Byron Bay’s ballroom dance community
was won over. Encouragement poured in.
Harry Raiend, a judge on So You Think
You Can Dance, the New Zealand dancing
equivalent to Australian Idol, offered them
The dinner party crew sprung into lesbian
action, organising a tea dance fund raiser
for the June long weekend offering
billeting to out-of-town visitors.
Meanwhile, the couple has each learned
their own lessons on the roller coaster of
excitement and terror that accompanies
For Jesse, a headstrong leader in life, it’s
letting go into following. For Andi it’s the
challenge of integrating skill with passion.
“I have to focus so much on perfecting
technique, I don’t want to lose expressing
the feeling between us, which is what it’s
all about,” she said.
Just a few months ago, the couple’s
dedication won ballroom gold at Mardi
Gras’ Same Sex Dance Spectacular. “It
was so exciting because we didn’t expect
it,” said Andi.
Even more exciting, is the dance ahead in
Montreal at the end of July.
May i have
May i have
JESSE BLACKADDER HAD KNOWN ANDI DAVEY FOR SIX YEARS BUT
IT TOOK A RAUCOUS LESBIAN DINNER PARTY AND A PLAYFUL
ATTEMPT AT BALLROOM DANCING FOR BLACKADDER TO FALL
FOR THE GORGEOUS BARISTA. BY DAWN COHEN.
Andi, left, and Jesse
Byron Shire is sending Andi and Jesse to
Montreal with a fund raising tea-dance, Flounce,
on Sunday June 11 in Coorabell Hall at 3pm.
Tickets are $15. The couple will perform an
exhibition dance, and for a price you can win
a spin around the hall with either of them.
LOTL readers are particularly welcome. For
information or billeting call 0414 365 500.
Ph: (02) 9698 1800 M: 0402 406 445
Ph: (02) 9558 1900 M: 0415 451 061
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