Square And Round Dance Lessons
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Square And Round Dance Lessons

Contents
Overview
Information Needed
Dance Partners
List Of Upcoming Lessons

Overview


To get to the previous page, press the BACK BUTTON on your web browser. To return to the ASSDF Homepage, click on the ASSDF logo at the top of the page. This page was last updated September 19, 2014.

If you've never experienced the wonderful world of square dancing, and its related fields...it's a worldwide hobby, done by dancers as young as 3 years old (such as with the Maycroft Square Tappers of Muskegon, Michigan (they combine square dancing and tap dancing for kids 3 to 18 years of age)), to dancers over 80 years of age.

All of the calls in square dancing, worldwide, are in ENGLISH. The term square dancing refers to the fractional, geometric formations done...and it has nothing to do with lifestyle.

Alcoholic beverages, before or during a dance, are STRICTLY PROHIBITED, and that's a hard and fast rule. Square Dancing, Round Dancing, etc. are holsum, family activities...and it's the DUTY of all dancers to see that it REMAINS that way. Many clubs have the authority to order ''a drunken dancer'' to leave the premises.

In class, ''angels'' (''experienced dancers'') help you, while you grasp the concepts...probably wondering if you'd ever understand the Square Dancers Bill Of Rights, or even make it to graduation, and the special dance there.

When the big day came, your class may have been over, but your journey was just beginning. The truth is, you're NEVER through learning...whether a dancer, a caller, a cuer, an instructor, or a leader.

To keep the hobby going, clubs have Lessons at various times of the year...where it's now YOUR TURN to recruit new dancers into this hobby, the fun and fascinating, worldwide, holsum, family activity, known as square and round dancing.

The first one or two lessons are usually FREE, so you can try it, and see if you like it. Classes may be twice a week for 10 weeks, once a week for 20 weeks, or some other schedule, and cost varies per club. This is to pay for the hall rent, and the caller/cuer for his/her teaching...although I can assure you that callers and cuers for square and round dancing, respectively, are NOT getting rich from the hobby.

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Information Needed


This page was designed for Arkansas square and round dance clubs to list their classes for square and round dancing. If your club has lessons scheduled, please contact me from the information on the ASSDF Officers page, or via this link. The information needed is:

1) The name of the host club(s).

2) The type of lessons (Square, Round, etc.).

3) If square dancing, the level taught (Basic, Mainstream, Plus, Advanced, or Challenge).

4) If round dancing, the Round Dance Phase (1 through 6).

5) The day and time the class will meet...with the first night of class, last night to join, etc.

6) The location (address, city, and state) of the lessons.

7) The name of the caller/cuer/instructor.

8) How long the class will last (10 weeks, 20 weeks, etc.).

9) The cost for the lessons (to cover the hall rental fee, and to pay the caller/cuer for their time)

10) A Contact Person (name, address, and phone) for more information.

Note that space in the class may or may not be limited...but you're encouraged to sign up with the contact person as soon as possible, if you know that you'd like to take lessons.

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Dance Partners


Unfortunately, there has usually been many more women than men wanting to learn to square or round dance...and some women will learn to dance the mens part (which, in my opinion, is easier...I've danced both), just so they can dance.

In getting a partner for lessons, husbands and wives will usually dance together (some clubs REQUIRE that both spouses take lessons at the same time), and singles usually will match up with a total stranger, who also wants to square or round dance. For some classes, it's best if you have someone else (a partner) with you, to take the class together.

Note that this ''partnership'' is for lessons ONLY...although I've known couples who met in class or at a dance in years past, when they were single...and they ended up getting married. However, there is NO GUARANTEE that you'll meet ''your future spouse'' at a dance, or at lessons...so, don't get the idea that just because you meet someone at a dance or at class, that you're going to end up becoming their spouse. I've danced with both married women, and single women...as long as they can dance, I don't care what their marital status, or private life off of the dance floor consists of.

As a square dance fun badge I saw once said...I'm Here For Dancin'...NOT Romancin'; especially since I'm still in mourning for my late wife, who died April 27, 2007, of a heart attack.

Lastly, if it all possible, please bring a partner with you to class...as a dancer partner can NOT be guaranteed.

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List Of Upcoming Lessons


The following clubs have lessons scheduled, planned, or ongoing. Please check with the Contact Person(s) listed for any changes or updates. If you are an ''experienced dancer'', having already graduated from class, and would like to help as an Angel Dancer, I'm sure the club would welcome the help. Please contact the contact person listed for any last minute changes, corrections, or other information.

If lessons have already been in progress for awhile (when no new dancers will be accepted), you can inquire when the next set of new classes will start.

Again, note that there is usually a fee for the classes...either per lesson, or for the entire class, and it varies by club. The fee is to pay the caller/cuer (although they're NOT getting rich), and to pay the rent for the dance hall. Lastly, Square Dance Attire is NOT REQUIRED during lessons.



Club: Diamond Squares Open House Dance
When: Monday, September 29, 2014 (also on Monday, October 6, 2014)
Location: Lake Hamilton Church, 2891 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR
Time: 6:30 pm
Caller/Instructor: Gordon White
Contact: Gordon and Sue White, 6 Perfecto Place, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 (501) 922-0803
Comments: Open to all dancers, to kick off the clubs 7th New Dancer Program. All who want to square dance, learn to dance, or just watch, are invited for an evening of fun, friendship, fitness, food.

Club: Blue Belles And Beaus
When: Every Thursday, 6:30pm
Where: Judsonia Community Center, 601 Judson Street, Judsonia, Arkansas
Caller/Instructor: Lieutenant Colonel Philip Morehouse
Contact: Robert and Cheryl Shaver (501) 724-3930
Comments: The class allows students who cannot attend class on a regular basis to learn at their own pace, and still be able to dance.

Club: Twirling Lariats (Plus Lessons)
When: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Mabelvale Legion Hut, Mann Road And Leah Lane, Mabelvale, AR
Caller/Instructor: Dave Towry
Contact: Clifton Taylor and Carolyn Cullins (501) 847-2157

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