What is Modern
American Square Dancing?
Four couples form a "Square" and dance a pattern
of figures as directed by a caller.
Music used today ranges from classic country, contemporary,
to rock. Movements are rhythmic, smooth, graceful and easy to
learn. The old time barn dance has been modernized.
What kind of
people square dance?
People of all ages and walks of life who are interested in good,
wholesome fellowship and fun. Instead
of husbands and wives going separate ways, here is an activity geared to
bringing couples together. Square dancing is an excellent family
activity that also combines physical activity and exercise.
See article on WebMD.
Both the adult single and
teenagers are encouraged to join the activity. However, square dance
clubs do not provide partners for singles.
But I have
never danced before.
If you can walk to music you can learn to square dance. Many of
today's experienced dancers have never been on the dance floor prior to
learning to square dance.
An evening's dance is $7.00 per person.
How do I dress?
Square dancers dress first for comfort and second for show. For a
start, ladies should wear a full skirt (or western style prairie skirt)
and low heeled shoes. For men, a
long sleeve shirt is a must. Dressing for dancing is part of the fun,
and more elaborate dress may be desired later.
Am I too old
(young) to square dance?
Age is no barrier to square dancers. While most dancers are between
the ages of 20 and 70, teenagers may square up with eighty-year-olds.
Square dancing is mentally and physically stimulating.
How can I learn
to square dance?
Square dancing requires instruction to learn the basic movements.
These instructions are dances, which progress from simple to more
complex figures. Every square dancer was a "learner" at one time.
After the instruction - What?
There are thousands of square dance clubs in the United States as
well as worldwide. After the series
of instructions, a dancer can dance anywhere in the United States and in
many foreign countries. Internationally all
in English. In addition, the dancer
can attend the annual local, regional and national conventions. Dance
weekends and cruises are popular.