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Square Dance Club
Square Dance Frequently Asked Questions!
The following list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is intended to provide information about this fun and healthful activity called Square Dancing!
Q: What is square dancing?
A: A “square” consists of eight people; one couple on each side of the square. A caller instructs the moves that the dancers are to make following the beat of a music. Square dancing is performed to any music that has a steady beat. If you can walk and listen to music at the same time, you can square dance!
Q: How do I learn to square dance?
A: The Village Swingers square dance club offer lessons for new dancers. The lesson series begin in September and February each year. Lessons run from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday nights. Show up 15 to 20 minutes early as the instruction starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. We hold 2 open house dance events prior to the start of the lessons each September and February. You may join us on any of these dates. Sorry, once the lesson series begin, we cannot accept new dancers. Our caller/instructor, Eva Murray, is known for her teaching ability and infinite patience. She makes square dancing lot of fun too. Experienced square dancers join in the dancing to assist and accelerate learning.
Q: Can I come and watch a dance sometime to see if I would like it?
A: Yes! By all means, please stop by and visit. Be sure to check our dance schedule and/or call before visiting. Every so often the dance schedule changes due to holidays, bad weather and area square dance festivals. Better yet, mark your calendar now and join us at our next open house!
Q: Do I need a partner for the lessons?
A: You do not need a partner for the lessons. Singles and couples are all welcome.
Q: I felt as though I had two left feet when I tried ballroom dancing. Is there a chance for success at square dancing?
A: Absolutely! Square dancing is quite a bit different from other types of dancing you may have tried. There are no patterned steps and no fancy footwork is required. It's more like walking in time with the music as you form moving patterns with the other dancers. Not only that, the man does not have to lead. The caller leads the squares in the dancing!
Q: What kind of music is used in square dancing?
A: The simplest answer is “Just about any kind.” Much of the appeal of square dancing relates to the music. It can be done to any style of music ranging from country and western, rhythm and blues, rock, gospel, classical or oldies from the 50s or 60s if you prefer. You can even dance to some of the old favorite Christmas Carols.
Q: Are special clothes required for square dancing?
A: No, not unless you want to wear them. Dress for the lessons is casual. For the Village Swingers club dances the dress is “Dressy Casual”or “Square Ware”. Lots of women wear the popular long mid-calf (prairie) skirts, but dressier casual wear is fine too. Long-sleeved shirts are preferred for men, and western-style shirts are very popular.
Q: Are special shoes required?
A: No, but shoes are required. Just about any type of comfortable shoes are fine as long as they have non-sticky soles. Please avoid wearing tap-dancing shoes, baseball cleats, ice-skates, or any other kind of footwear that will mar the dance floor.
Q: Will I be ready to dance with the square dance club after I complete the lesson series?
A: Absolutely! You will be dancing from the very first lesson. Square dancing is definitely an activity in which you “learn by doing”. After learning the mainstream square dance calls, after 16 weeks of lessons, new dancers are invited to dance with the club on Saturday nights. The club dances September thru May, most 1st and 3rd Saturdays.
Q: After I complete the lessons and join the club, will I be able to dance in other cities?
A: No problem there! You can travel to any city in any State in the U.S.A. or in the world and be assured that the calls will be the same as those you learned. All calls are standardized and are used not only across the United States, but around the world. The international language of square dancing is English.
Q: Is smoking permitted?
Q: Is there alcohol at square dances?
Q: Is square dancing a senior’s only activity?
A: Absolutely not! All ages are welcome. It is not uncommon to see dancers ranging in age from the teens well into the 80s. There are many seniors dancing because they began 30-40 years ago and they are still active.
Q: Why should I learn to square dance?
A: Basically, because it’s a heck of a lot of fun! Aside from fun and fellowship in a smoke-free, alcohol-free environment, square dancing has the benefit of being a low impact activity but great aerobic exercise. Mayo Clinic encourages square dancing because it burns a lot of calories, strengthens bones, and helps the cardiovascular system. It can also help to relieve stress. While dancing, you are listening to a caller and following instructions leaving little time to worry. Square dancing involves constant movement along with quick directional changes. These factors work together to help keep your body in shape. It has been referred to as the “perfect exercise” because of the positive effects of continuous physical movement but with none of the negative effects. It is also tremendous mental exercise because you must quickly recall and execute the caller’s instructions as you move from one formation to another. It really is great exercise for both the body and the mind while being fun and connecting people socially.
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