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Dancing in the water at Harlem’s Hansborough Pool
Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers

Dancing in the water at Harlem’s Hansborough Pool

“I never was a dancer but I can dance in the water,” says one of the members of the Honeys and Bears syncronised swimming team in this beautiful film by Veena Rao.

Since 1979, the group, who range in age from 62 to 100, have been meeting most days at the Hansborough Recreation Centre in Harlem, New York where they delight in the freedom of the water as they practise their moves.

The Harlem Honeys and Bears seniors synchronised swimming team.

Photo from the digital magazine, Aeon https://aeon.co/

They are more elegant and graceful than I was in 1978 when I led the green team’s water ballet routine at my school’s annual swimming carnival at North Sydney Olympic Pool.

Water ballet event at the Loreto Kirribilli swimming carnival, Term 1, 1978.

We performed to Carly Simon singing Nobody Does It Better but perhaps we could have done better than last place if I’d chosen something like Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, which the Honeys and Bears move to in Veena Rao’s film. Thanks to my brother Mark for finding this wonderful short video.

Manuka Pool celebrates 80 summers

Last Friday night, Manuka Pool, Canberra’s first public swimming pool, celebrated its 80th birthday. Friends of the heritage-listed pool were entertained by a ukulele band, acrobats and swing dancing as they picnicked in the garden. Others spent the night in the pool, enjoying a dip at dusk. As old photos were projected onto the wall[…]

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