Web Site last updated on April 1st at 2:30 a.m. by Club Webmaster Donald Barber
UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS
!!! ALL CLUB EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE !!!
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!!! GETTYSBURG STAR SPANGLED FESTIVAL !!!
The Gad-Abouts are hosting this years Gettysburg Star Spangled Festival in Fairfield, Pennsylvania. For more information on this gala one-day event click on the following link: FLYERS
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
7:30pm Saturday April 25th
Bring A Flower Dance
Guest Caller is Dan Koft
New Students Are Welcome
4/25 bring a flower DANCE
Don't stay home and count flowers on the wall. Bring a flower to the Gad-Abouts Bring A Flower Dance. The Guest Caller is Dan Koft. New Students Are Welcome. The dance is from 7:30pm until 10:00pm at the Wacohu Grange Hall at the intersection of Route 40 West and Route 63 (Next to the Sheetz). Listen to The Cowsills as they sing the song I Love The Flower Girl by clicking the forward arrow button on the left side of the link below.
4/26 SVSRDA President's ball DANCE
Support the Susquehanna Valley Square & Round Dance Association by attending the 1 day President's Ball on Sunday April 26th.
5/9 graduation DANCE
Join and celebrate with the new 2019-2020 Dance Class graduates on Saturday May 9th. There will be no rounds at this dance. The dance is from 7:30pm until 10:00pm at the Wacohu Grange Hall at the intersection of Route 40 West and Route 63 (Next to the Sheetz).
5/30 hawaiian shirt night DANCE
Dream of a Hawaiian sunset over Mauna Loa and celebrate the 50th state in the union at the Hawaiian Shirt Night Dance. Be sure to wear your Hawaiian shirt, lei, and even a hula skirt. The dance is from 7:30pm until 10:00pm at the Wacohu Grange Hall at the intersection of Route 40 West and Route 63 (Next to the Sheetz).
6/14 (Sunday) sadie hawkins DANCE
Be like Lil Abner and try to elude Sadie at the Sadie Hawkins Dance. The attire is casual. The Guest Caller is Gary Shoemake. The dance is on a SUNDAY from 4:30pm until 7:30pm at the Wacohu Grange Hall at the intersection of Route 40 West and Route 63 (Next to the Sheetz).
square dancing tidbits
DANCER ETIQUETTE BROCHURE
Recently added to the ABOUT page is the Dancer Etiquette brochure. This brochure provides the basic Code of Ethics and Codes of Conduct expected from dancers at the various square dancing functions and events. To go to the brochure click on the following link: BROCHURE
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