Upcoming Square Dance events
Below are detailed descriptions about the upcoming Gad-Abouts square dances and other related events. To see a list of the entire 2017-2018 dance schedule click on the SCHEDULE link in the navigation section at the top of any page or click on the following link: SCHEDULE
*** 60th Anniversary Square Dance Gala ***
The Gad-Abouts Square Dance Club is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a gala event on Sunday, October 29th. This event, at Hagar Hall, features Callers Joe Saltel and Tom Miller.
For detailed information on this gala event, see the flyers located on this page or click on the FLYERS link in the navigation section at the top of any page or click on the following link: FLYERS
fifTh Saturday Rock & Roll!
Celebrate the Rock & Roll era with Club Caller Art LaVigne at the Fifth Saturday Rock & Roll dance party on Saturday, September 30th. This Doo Wop extravaganza is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm with Early Rounds at 7:00pm at the Wacohu Grange Hall located at 16412 National Pike (Route 40 West & Route MD 63) in Hagerstown MD.
breast cancer awareness dance!
The BCA dance is on Saturday October 14th from 7:30pm to 10:00pm with Early Rounds at 7:00pm at the Wacohu Grange Hall located at 16412 National Pike (Route 40 West & Route MD 63) in Hagerstown MD. Wear PINK to show your support for the fight against breast cancer.
To read about the history of the now famous Pink Ribbon, click on the following link: Pink Ribbon
60th Anniversary Gala!
learn to square dance!
Arlie Morgans 90th Birthday Bash!
On Friday evening, September 8th, about 75 friends, family, and fellow square dancers gathered in Hagerstown to celebrate the 90th birthday of Gad-Abouts Elder Statesman, Arlie Morgan. Pictured below are Arlie and his square dance partner Gloria Bastian followed by Arlies birthday cake. Club Caller Art LaVigne provided the calls for the four squares. There are many more birthdays to come for Arlie.
square dancing tidbits
welcome back dance!
Pictured above is National Caller Mike Sikorsky who was the guest caller at the September 9th Welcome Back dance to kick off the Gad-Abouts 2017-2018 square dance season.
where's the dance?
If your upcoming plans include travel or you just want to visit other dance clubs near your home club, then the "Where's The Dance" web site is for you. This web site shows all of the Square Dances within a specific radius of where you are. There are many other options to even further narrow down or expand the dance selections for you. To visit this valuable square dance web site click on the following link: Where's The Dance?
Ode To square Dancing!
Summer is here and the dancing is great
Grab your spouse or your friend and even your date
Then head to the floor with your squaring mate
To dance to the cadence that the callers dictate
The squares stand ready for your dancing crave
You can relay the deucy after a step to a wave
Then you chain down the line if you dare to be brave
Square dancing in Hagerstown is the latest rave
Seamless moves are in sync with the callers refrain
Head ladies go center with a teacup chain
It's friendship set to music while using your brain
Just remember to listen and stay in your lane
Mainstream and Plus are two levels to learn
Then DBD and Advanced get your legs to churn
The steps and the calls are easy to discern
So promenade in style whenever your turn
Spread the word around town so more people know
And invite them to your local square dancing show
We would like our classes to continually grow
When eager new students join the dancing flow
Let the resurgence begin on the square dancing floor
With the mixing of the new and the current core
Let's breakdown the barriers and open the door
As we celebrate the tradition with all of its lore
By: Donald Barber
Gad-Abouts Square Dance Club
Web Site Master, Ode Writer
square dancing: a swinging history!
NOVEMBER 29, 2011 By History.com Staff
Swing your partner and do-si-do — November 29th is Square Dance Day in the United States. Didn’t know this folksy form of entertainment had a holiday all its own? Then it’s probably time you learned a few things about square dancing, a tradition that blossomed in the United States but has roots that stretch back to 15th-century Europe.
Square dance aficionados trace the activity back to several European ancestors. In England around 1600, teams of six trained performers—all male, for propriety’s sake, and wearing bells for extra oomph—began presenting choreographed sequences known as the morris dance. This fad is thought to have inspired English country dance, in which couples lined up on village greens to practice weaving, circling and swinging moves reminiscent of modern-day square dancing.
To read this entire article click on the following link: History of Square Dancing
Health benefits of square dancing!
Square Dancing may be the Perfect Exercise
Square dancing is walking at a steady pace (about 120 steps per minute) to a called pattern with musical accompaniment. The patterns involve 8 dancers turning and interacting with hands and arms in response to changing choreography that is called using a common vocabulary of action names.
Square dancing combines mental concentration with many aspects of good physical exercise including sustained activity, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Square dancers walk between 2 1/2 and 5 miles in a typical evening of dancing burning calories with every step.
Dancing continuously for 10 to 15 minutes at a time improves cardiovascular conditioning.
Five-minute breaks allow dancers to socialize with others from diverse backgrounds who share a common joy.
The energy put into dancing has an effect on heart beat rate, blood pressure, rate of calorie burn, and cholesterol profile.
All this beneficial activity is further enhanced by a variety of popular music in a positive setting, often with your favorite partner.
It has been suggested that regular sessions of square dancing can add several years - enjoyable years - to your life.
To read this entire article click on the following link: Health Benefits
gad-abouts badge retrieval!
Pictured above are the members of the Gad-Abouts who went to the Frederick County Promenaders square dance on August 18th for the sole purpose of retrieving their badge which had been previously stolen by those varmints the Promenaders in a prior visitation to a Gad-Abouts square dance. It is believed that the retrieval was an "inside job" since two of the Gad-Abouts are also members of the Promenaders square dance club. I cannot positively identify the plotters but do not let the innocent smiles of Gad-Abouts Club President Dan Grimes or member Marjorie Barber fool you.