âAll the single ladies â all the bowling ladies. It just felt right,â she said.
Unlike the 10-pin bowling popular in North America, lawn bowls involves rolling weighted balls, called bowls, on turf to see who can get closest to a smaller target ball, called a kitty or a jack.
In the video, the three women â Terry Foster, Wyn Hewitt and Janine Halls â dance in blue-and-white uniforms with bowls in hand.
âWeâve played lawn bowls for 40 years,â they sing. âStonnington please pay attention.â Another golden line: âLawn bowls is what I prefer, is what I deserve.â
It took an afternoon to shoot. The project also enlisted young club members who offered to teach the dance moves and a wedding videographer who charged a discounted rate to shoot the video.
âIt was pretty arduous,â said Mrs. Wallish, who wrote the lyrics. âOne of them says we owe her a hip replacement.â
Ms. Halls, one of the dancers and a member of the Chadstone Bowls Club for 17 years, said that she had heard of BeyoncÃ© before shooting the video, though her dancing partners hadnât. She called the experience fun, though âa bit scary.â
âWe didnât know how difficult the choreography would be,â she said of imitating BeyoncÃ©âs moves while twisting a weighty lawn bowl in the air. âI thought Iâd done my shoulder at one stage.â
While the video is lighthearted, the motivation behind it is a plea to save a vibrant social space that is especially valuable to older people.
âIâd be devastated if it went. Itâs part of our community,â Ms. Halls said. To find a replacement for it, she said, âIâd have to drive and start all over again, making new friends.â
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