EVELYN SOUTHEE GOODRICK
(1931 - 2013)
Evelyn Goodrick was born in Geeveston, Tasmania in 1931 and died in 2013 after a lifetime devoted to ballroom dancing.
Evelyn's name is synonymous with ballroom dancing in Hobart, in the era when ballroom dancing was at its peak.
She was the proprietor of the successful Evelyn Goodrick School of Dancing and taught literally thousands of Tasmanian's to dance at the Belvedere and Sapphire Ballrooms, as well as coaching many Tasmanian's and Australian champion competitors.
Evelyn also competed successfully in ballroom dancing at State, National and International levels. She was held in highest professional and personal repute, overcoming considerable hardship and tragedy, to be a highly successful professional teacher, mentor and supporter to countless social and registered ballroom dancers.
Evelyn continued to teach on a voluntary basis, until the last month before her death, at the age of 83.
ALAN DOUGLAS KUPSCH
(1928 - 1973)
Alan Kupsch was born in Hobart, the youngest of eight children.
At the age of 20, Alan attended his first dancing class, not realising at that moment he was about to enter a world that would end up taking him all around the world.
It was here he met Evelyn Goodrick, who quickly realised that he had natural talent and unyielding enthusiasm.
The list of achievements over the decades that they partnered each other was extraordinary including 19 Tasmanian State titles and numerous Australian Titles.
Alan and Evelyn hosted a weekly segment on ABC TV sharing their love of ballroom dancing.
They represented Australia in the first ever World Dancing Championship in Tokyo, where they became semi-finalists. Alan gave his all to his chosen sport and profession of dancing. He was known as a perfectionist with a compassionate and insightful nature.
ROBERT (BOB) GRAF
(1928 - )
Robert (Bob) Graf has been involved in ballroom dancing in Tasmania for more than sixty years and has 'loomed large' on the professional DanceSport scene for many of those years.
He describes himself as a "late starter" to dancing. Of his first competition Bob says he's 'still shaking' but always competed successfully as an amateur - he recalls at competitions in those days as always a live band and a packed house of spectators.
In 1964 Bob teamed up with his wife, Ann, and commenced competing professionally. Bob and Ann had many successes at State level and a number of placings at National level in the Australian Dancing Society Australian Championships.
Bob has contributed to this industry in every conceivable way from being a competitor, teacher, studio operator, esteemed judge and Chairman of the Tasmanian DanceSport Committee
However his greatest legacy will be his mentor-ship of the next generation. His willingness to impart his knowledge, expertise, passion and experience to those coming after him.
Dance Sport Tasmania is proud to offer eligible person(s) a place in the Hall of Fame.
- Have achieved outstanding performance in DanceSport competition while either identifying themselves as Tasmanian or acknowledging Tasmania as their home.
- Have achieved outstanding commitment to DanceSport outside of competition while either identifying themselves as Tasmanian or acknowledging Tasmania as their home.
- Have exhibited a standard of behaviour that is fair, ethical and above reproach in relation to the rules and regulations of this sport and the committee expectations.
- Selections will be made from as far back as records allow.
Announcements will be made as applicable at The Tasmanian DanceSport Open Championship annually ( if applicable).