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Ballarat dance royalty Marge and Jim Welsh moved to town in 1960, opening their own studio (Jim Welsh Dance Studio) that was soon to become one of Ballarat's favourite places to dance. Jim and Marge taught generations of people in Ballarat to dance for their debutante balls to their wedding waltz. Many a Ballarat couple met through their love of dance.
Marge and Jim even had a weekly segment called Let's Dance on local Ballarat television BTV6 with compere Max Bartlett. This exposure made them a hit when visiting country towns to film segments.
The Ballarat team for dance competitions were the Ballarat Poodles named after Marge's beloved pet dogs, and their outfits saw poodles emblazoned on their dresses and jacket pockets.
"Marge was readily identifiable in Ballarat because of her two poodles; the white dog was regularly blue one day, or orange the next, to match her hair colour."
-Peter Butters, Recollections
Tributes poured in to honour Marge's memory and the joy of dance that she and Jim shared with the city when she passed away in 2015. You can add yours at the link below.