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Specials and Benefit Dances


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Special Dances are dances held by a club, usually at a date, time, and possibly location, that is different than when their regular dance is scheduled. In these cases, they may bring in a Guest Caller Or Cuer for the dance...usually one with regional or national name recognition.

Benefit Dancers are held by a club to help a club member or a family with medical expenses, or to recover from a disaster, such as a fire, flood, tornado, etc. Also, some clubs do Christmas Benefits for the Toys For Tots campaign.

Dances listed, include the day, date, time, location, club sponsor, caller and/or cuer, admission fee, contact, and any other applicable information...such as a Teacup Auction. If information such as a caller/cuer, time, location, etc. is missing from the information, it can NOT be listed here.

Note that if the dance listing is WRONG in The Modern Square, it is WRONG here. Please check with the contact person listed to verify the date(s), time(s), etc. Also, unless otherwise noted, Proper Square Dance Attire is REQUIRED.

Please send the information of your special dance to the Editor of The Modern Square, at the address found here. You can also send a flier to the Webmaster, at the address found here. The website can usually be updated within 24 hours after receipt, while data for The Modern Square must be in by certain deadlines.

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Specials And Benefit Dances


These are special and benefit dances, arranged in chronlogical order, both inside Arkansas, and in states surrounding Arkansas...as well as the National Square Dance Convention, the Single Square Dancers USA Labor Day Dance-A-Rama, and the Fall Festival, among others.

Please check with the contacts or websites listed before traveling to the dance for more information, or for any last minute updates, changes, or cancellations...as there may be deadlines for festival and hotel registrations, tours, etc.

Also, be sure to check the changes and cancellations page, as well as weather forecasts, road conditions, plus traffic patterns and construction zones...especially when winter weather or severe weather may be forecast.

Since these are special dances, Proper Square Dance Attire is required for the dance or event. Subscription Dances, where you can sign up for subscriptions to The Modern Square will be noted below as well.


Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Club: Diamond Squares Spring Trail End Dance
Location: Lake Hamilton Church, 2891 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Caller: Gordon White
Contact: Gordon And Sue White, 6 Perfecto Place, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 (501) 922-0803
Comments: This will be the clubs FINAL DANCE FOR THE SPRING, and it will also include an Ice Cream Social. After this dance, the club will be on hiatus (not dancing) until Monday, September 15, 2014.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Club: Spring Fling Square Dance
Location: Center Grove United Methodist Church, 7351 Highway 270, Sheridan, AR. The church is a white building on the south side of Highway 270 between White Hall and Sheridan...12 miles west of White Hall, or 6 miles east of Sheridan.
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Ron Wise
Contact: Ron Wise, 4800 Highway 104, White Hall, AR 71602 (870) 267-0702
Comments: Mainstream and Plus Level Dance, Admission $8 per couple. Fundraiser for the local food pantry. Ron is also trying to start a new club in the area.

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Club: Rebel Reelers Toad Suck Daze Dance
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 2310 East Oak Street (Highway 64 East), Conway, AR
Time: Dinner at 6pm, Dance at 7:30pm
Caller: Dave Towry
Contact: Ken Talley, 11200 Garrison Road, Little Rock, AR 72221 (501) 868-8310
Comments: All Singing Calls, Mainstream Level Dance. There may be one announced Plus level tip during the dance.

Prior to the dance, there will be a Delegates Meeting, starting at approximately 4pm. For details, click here. After the meeting, dinner will be available at 6pm, with the dancing to follow. Unfortunately, due to working on paying off a large hospital/medical bill from earlier in the year, yours truly (the Webmaster/Circulation Manager) will be unable to attend.


Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Club: Blue Belles And Beaus Hawaiian Dance
Location: Judsonia Community Center, 601 Judson Street, Judsonia, AR
Time: Eat at 6:30pm, Dance from 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Morehouse
Contact: Robert and Cheryl Shaver, 146 Opie Road, Bald Knob, AR 72010 (501)724-3930

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
Club: Levis And Lace MayPole Dance and Subscription Dance
Location: First Baptist Church, 7402 Albert Pike Road, Royal, AR 71968
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm
Caller: Gene Gancarczyk
Contact: Ted and Phyllis Keeney, 1807 Nubbin Ridge Road, Royal, AR 71968 (501) 991-3292
Comments: $5 per person.

NOTE: The date in the April, 2014 issue of The Modern Square is INCORRECT. This date has been VERIFIED with club presidents Ted and Phyllis Keeney. DS


Date: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 8, 9, 10, and 11, 2014
Club: Heart Of America Single Square Dance Association (HASSDA) Festival
Location: Joplin Holiday Inn And Convention Center, 3615 Range Line Road, Joplin, MO
Callers: Trail-In Dance Thursday: Van Greenwood, Jay Wright, Grant Roth, and Mary Castleberry
Friday and Saturday Dances: Shane Greer, Nick Hartley, Tim Tyl
Trail Out Dance Sunday Morning: Tom Roper
Cuers: Tony and Carolyn Ahart
Comments: Separate admission for the Trail-In Dance. Both Singles And Married Couples are Welcome. Mainstream, Plus, and Advanced Level Square Dancing. For more information, click here.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Club: Twirling Funtimers Spring Fling
Location: Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Lieutenant Colonel Philip Morehouse
Contact: Craig and Karen Grothaus, 39 Crestview Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8075 (870) 424-2957

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Club: Pistols 'N Petticoats Memorial Dance
Location: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2201 South Culberhouse Road, Jonesboro, AR
Time: Potluck at 4:30pm, Dance from 5pm to 8pm
Callers: All Callers Welcome. Master Of Ceremonies will be John Williams and Boyce Brownderville
Contact: Bonnie Hallet, 1613 Alonzo, Jonesboro, AR 72401 (870) 932-7740
Comments: This is a special dance in memory of 3 individuals (2 dancers and 1 caller) from the club, all noted here... the late Homer Smith, the late Joe Cashion, and the late Art Brown. Admission is $4 per person. There will be a Teacup Auction, and a Silent Auction as well. A copy of the flier is located here...the image was from an emailed scan from Royce and Cathy Beesly, who asked that it be put it on this page...our apologies for the ''grainy'' image.

Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
Club: Rebel Reelers Subscription Square Dance
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 2310 East Oak Street, Conway, AR 72032
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm
Caller: Dave Towry
Contact: Ken and Dean Talley, 11200 Garrison Road, Little Rock, AR 72223 (501) 868-8310
Comments: $5.00 per person

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Club: Maverick Mixers Open Mic Amateur Callers Night Dance
Location: Mabelvale Legion Hut, Mann Road and Leah Lane, Mabelvale, AR
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Caller: Bill Strawn
Contact: Velma Smart, Box 61, 7501 Highway 229, Traskwood, AR 72167 (501) 860-6624

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014
Club: Levis And Lace Talent And Untalent Dance
Location: First Baptist Church, 7402 Albert Pike, Royal, AR 71967
Caller: Gene Gancarczyk
Contact: Ted and Phyllis Keeney, 1807 Nubbin Ridge Road, Royal, AR 71968 (501) 991-3292

Date: *** POSTPONED UNTIL SOMETIME IN JULY, 2014 ***
Club: Twirling Lariats June Bug Jamboree and BBQ
Location: Mabelvale Legion Hut, Mann Road and Leah Lane, Mabelvale, AR
Time: Eat at 5:30pm, dance from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Caller: Dave Towry
Contact: Clifton Taylor and Carolyn Cullins, 9027 Highway 5 North, Alexander, AR 72002 (501) 847-2157

Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Club: Twirling Funtimers Roll Your Own Sundaes Dance
Location: Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Lieutenant Colonel Philip Morehouse
Contact: Craig and Karen Grothaus, 39 Crestview Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8075 (870) 424-2957

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014
Club: Texas State Federation Of Square And Round Dancers ''Stars And Stripes Over Texas'' Square And Round Dance Festival
Location: Harvey Convention Center, Tyler Rose Garden Center, Tyler Texas
Callers/Cuers: Texas State Federation Of Square And Round Dancers Callers And Cuers
Comments: For additional information on the festival, including dance program, and available lodging, click here.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Club: Trail Through Dance to the 63rd National Square Dance Convention
Location: IOOF Hall, 29th and Kingman Boulevard, Des Moines, IA
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm
Callers/Cuers: Lanny Weakland and Mike Hogan
Comments: Mainstream, Plus, and Rounds. $7 per person...pre-registration not required. For more information, click here. You can also contact Bob and Joyce Churchill in Maxwell, Iowa at (515) 387-8688, or Lanny and Carol Weakland in Omaha, Nebraska at (402) 894-0791.

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Club: Trail Through Dance to the 63rd National Square Dance Convention
Location: Croco Hall, Topeka, KS
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm
Callers/Cuers: Lanny Weakland, Mike Hogan, and Jerry Junck
Comments: Mainstream and Rounds. $7 per person. For more information, contact Virginia Yerta at (785) 286-7466, or Shari Webster at (785) 221-8297.

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Club: Trail Through Dance to the 63rd National Square Dance Convention
Location: Colonial Park United Methodist Church Gymnasium, 5330 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Callers/Cuers: Ken Bower, Gary Shoemake, Justin Russell, and Hunter Keller
Comments: Pre-rounds with Hunter 7:00 - 7:30 pm, Plus with rounds 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Advance 9:30 - 10:00 pm $8 per dancer. For more information contact: Betty Jo Fortune 901-491-6524

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Club: Trail Through Dance to the 63rd National Square Dance Convention
Location: West Side Church Of God, Family Life Center, 1900 West McCormick, Wichita, KS
Time: 7pm to 9:30pm
Callers/Cuers: Lanny Weakland, Mike Hogan, and Jerry Junck
Comments: Mainstream, Plus, and Rounds. $7 per person...pre-registration not required. For more information, click here. You can also contact Terry and Liz Trimble in Wichita, Kansas at (316) 734-8540, or Lanny and Carol Weakland in Omaha, Nebraska at (402) 894-0791

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Club: Guys 'N Dolls Trail-Through Dance to the 63rd National Square Dance Convention
Location: Guys 'N Dolls Dance Hall, 4203 Preston Street, Texarkana, AR
Callers: Craig Abercrombie and Al Frazier
Contact: Rhonda Bailey, 111 Wood Duck Lane, Texarkana, AR 75501 (903) 276-3422 (cell)

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Club: 63rd National Square Dance Convention, Little Rock, Arkansas
Location: Marriott Hotel, Markham and Main Streets, Little Rock, Arkansas
Callers: Lottie Ainsworth, Mike Seastrom, Mike Bramlett, and Buddy Weaver
Comments: $10 per person. Dancing will be in Salon A of the hotel, and it will be Mainstream level. For more information, click here.

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Club: 63rd National Square Dance Convention, Little Rock, Arkansas
Location: Marriott Hotel, Markham and Main Streets, Little Rock, Arkansas
Time: 7:30pm to 10pm
Callers: Tony Oxendine, Jerry Storey, Gary Shoemake, and Ken Bower
Comments: $10 per person. Dancing will be in Salon B of the hotel, and it will be Plus level. For more information, click here.

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 25-28, 2014
Club: 63rd National Square Dance Convention, Little Rock, Arkansas
Comments: There will be numerous Trail-End Dances on Wednesday night, June 25, 2014. For additional information on the festival, click here.

Also, Little Rock is served daily by Amtrak's Texas Eagle Passenger Train. If the train is on time, the eastbound train from Texarkana, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio (and all intermediate stops) arrives at 11:34pm. Conversely, the westbound train from Walnut Ridge, Poplar Bluff, Saint Louis, Chicago (and all intermediate stops) arrives at 3:05am. Both ticketing and checked baggage are available. Note that at certain times of the year, it is difficult to get seats on the train, so you need to make your reservations as far in advance of travel as possible. For full details on policies, and other information, please visit the Amtrak Website.

Little Rock is also served by several airlines from the Little Rock National Airport. Taxi Service is available from either the Little Rock Amtrak Station, or the Little Rock National Airport.


Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Club: Twirling Funtimers Watermelon Splash Dance
Location: Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: James ''Jammer'' Cochran
Contact: Craig and Karen Grothaus, 39 Crestview Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8075 (870) 424-2957

Date: Thursday through Saturday, July 17-19, 2014
Club: 2014 Canadian Square and Round Dance Convention, Ottawa, Canada
Comments: For additional information on the festival, click here.

Date: Thursday through Saturday, July 31 through August 2, 2014
Club: Tennessee Square And Round Dance Convention
Location: W.L. Mills Conference Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN
Callers/Cuers: Tennessee State Callers And Cuers
Comments: For more information, click here.

Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Club: Twirling Funtimers Hot And Dry Ice Cream Floats Dance
Location: Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Gene Gancarczyk
Contact: Craig and Karen Grothaus, 39 Crestview Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8075 (870) 424-2957

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Club: Levis And Lace Dog Days Of Summer Dance
Location: First Baptist Church, 7402 Albert Pike Road, Royal, AR 71968
Time: 6:30pm
Caller: Gene Gancarczyk
Contact: Ted and Phyllis Keeney, 1807 Nubbin Ridge Road, Royal, AR 71968 (501) 991-3292

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Club: Twirling Funtimers Autumn Fest
Location: Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Doug Mallory
Contact: Craig and Karen Grothaus, 39 Crestview Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8075 (870) 424-2957

Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Club: Diamond Squares Fall Kickoff Dance
Location: Lake Hamilton Church, 2891 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Caller: Gordon White
Contact: Gordon And Sue White, 6 Perfecto Place, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 (501) 922-0803
Comments: This will be their first dance of the fall, after their summer hiatus, which began on April 28, 2014. Further updates will be posted as soon as possible.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2014
Club: Twirling Funtimers Anniversary Dance
Location: Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Callers: Pat Christie, Bill and Marge Sherrill
Contact: Craig and Karen Grothaus, 39 Crestview Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8075 (870) 424-2957

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014
Club: Arkansas State Square Dance Federation 2014 Fall Festival
Location: Heber Springs High School Cafeteria, 1100 West Pine Street, Heber Springs, AR
Friday Night Caller: Pat Kotal -- Arkansas Callers and Cuers Saturday and Saturday Night
Contact: Ken and Dean Talley, 11200 Garrison Road, Little Rock, AR 72223 (501) 868-8310
Comments: The weekend is sponsored by both the Rebel Reelers and Heber Springers. Further details will be posted here as they become available.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Club: Blue Belles And Beaus USO Dance
Location: Judsonia Community Center, 601 Judson Street, Judsonia, AR
Time: Eat at 6:30pm, Dance from 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Morehouse
Contact: Robert and Cheryl Shaver, 146 Opie Road, Bald Knob, AR 72010 (501)724-3930

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Club: Twirling Funtimers Red, White, And Blue Dance
Location: Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Cherokee ''Bill'' Cochran
Contact: Craig and Karen Grothaus, 39 Crestview Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8075 (870) 424-2957

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Club: Guys 'N Dolls Special Dance
Location: Guys 'N Dolls Dance Hall, 4203 Preston Street, Texarkana, AR
Time: 7:30pm
Caller: Wade Driver
Contact: Rhonda Bailey, 111 Wood Duck Lane, Texarkana, AR 75501 (903) 276-3422

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Club: Blue Belles And Beaus Christmas Dance
Location: Judsonia Community Center, 601 Judson Street, Judsonia, AR
Time: Eat at 6:30pm, Dance from 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Morehouse
Contact: Robert and Cheryl Shaver, 146 Opie Road, Bald Knob, AR 72010 (501)724-3930

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Club: Twirling Funtimers Holiday Celebration Party
Location: Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: James ''Jammer'' Cochran
Contact: Craig and Karen Grothaus, 39 Crestview Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653-8075 (870) 424-2957

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015
Club: Blue Belles And Beaus Subscription Dance
Location: Judsonia Community Center, 601 Judson Street, Judsonia, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Morehouse
Contact: Robert and Cheryl Shaver, 146 Opie Road, Bald Knob, AR 72010 (501)724-3930

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Club: Levis And Lace Winter Night In Royal
Location: First Baptist Church, 7402 Albert Pike Road, Royal, AR 71968
Time: 6:30pm
Caller: Gene Gancarczyk
Contact: Ted and Phyllis Keeney, 1807 Nubbin Ridge Road, Royal, AR 71968 (501) 991-3292

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 24-27, 2015
Club: 64th National Square Dance Convention, Springfield, Massachusetts
Comments: For additional information on the festival, click here.

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 22-25, 2016
Club: 65th National Square Dance Convention, Des Moines, Iowa
Comments: For additional information on the festival, click here.

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 21-24, 2017
Club: 66th National Square Dance Convention, Cincinatti, Ohio
Comments: For additional information on the festival, click here.

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 27-30, 2018
Club: 67th National Square Dance Convention (location to be announced)
Comments: Cities bidding for the 67th National Square Dance Convention will do so on Friday morning, June 27, 2014, at the Bid Session at the 63rd National Square Dance Convention. The winning city will be announced at the conclusion of the Saturday evening ceremonies.

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