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UPCOMING & RECENT SQUARE DANCE NEWS AND EVENTS
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
7:30pm Saturday October 12th - Favorite Team Jersey
Attire is Casual
!!! NOTICE !!!
There is no dance at Gad-Abouts on September 28th to support the Pennsylvania State Festival.
!!! Gad-Abouts 2019-2020 Dance Schedule !!!
The Gad-Abouts 2019-2020 Square Dance schedule is now on the Schedule Page. To view the schedule click on the SCHEDULE link in the navigation section at the top of any page or click on the following link: SCHEDULE
9/14 WELCOME BACK DANCE
It was an SRO (Squaring Room Only) crowd as 10 squares filled the Wacohu Grange Hall at the Welcome Back Dance on Saturday September 14th featuring Guest Caller Mike Sikorsky.
10/12 favorite team jersey DANCE
Wear your team jersey or other regalia at the Favorite Team Jersey Dance on Saturday October 12th. The dance attire is Casual. The dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the Wacohu Grange Hall located at 16412 National Pike (Route 40 West & Route MD 63) in Hagerstown MD. For more information send us an email using the CONTACT US link at the top of any page.
9/11 emerald Pointe Demo
On Wednesday September 11th, the Gad-Abouts, led by Club Caller Art Lavigne, performed a square dance demonstration at the Emerald Pointe retirement community north of Hagerstown MD.
9/8 - 9/10 Advanced event in troy nh
On September 8th - 10th, Gad-Abouts members Marjorie Barber and the Webmaster attended the Advanced Square Dance event at The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy New Hampshire. The event was hosted by Caller Ron Libby. In the video, Marjorie (in the light blue long sleeve t-shirt) is "advancing" in the square on the right. A side trip to Keene NH was an extra highlight of the road trip.
9/7 SD DEMO AT CROSSROADS CHURCH
FCP Club President Andrea Smith, members of the Gad-Abouts, Panhandlers, & Promenaders met at the Crossroads Church Community Day, on Saturday, September 7th, in State Line, PA.
Dan Grimes called a morning and afternoon demonstration session. A great time was had by all!
8/30 PIE NIGHT at the do-si-dos
On Friday August 30th, Dan Grimes, Marjorie Barber, and the Gad-Abouts Webmaster visited the Do-Si-Dos Square Dance Club in Everett Pa. We enjoyed visiting the friendly members of that club and listening to the charming calls of Club Caller Howard Williamson. Oh by the way, it was Pie Night. Before the dance we ate at a cozy restaurant named Kelly's for a superb country dinner at a very reasonable price. And yes, the video is not an illusion. There was a 1+ square at this event.
square dancing tidbits
square dance lesson videos
Do you need to refresh your Mainstream and Plus calls? Do you need to reinforce your recently learned calls? Then the following link is for you. Click on it to see excellent training videos for the calls.
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 nigh 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