Web Site last updated on January 13th at 6:00 p.m. by Club Webmaster Donald Barber
UPCOMING & RECENT NEWS AND EVENTS
Recently added to the web site is the Dancer Etiquette Brochure. See the item on the right side of this page. It can also be viewed by selecting the item in the ABOUT dropdown list at the top of this page.
Another new page has been added to the web site. It is the "Latest Club Photos & Videos". It contains the most recent photos and videos from club events. Older photos and videos are in the Photo and Video Galleries. To go to the new page, click on the following link: Latest Club Photos and Videos
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
7:30pm Saturday January 25th
Broken Resolutions Dance
New Students Are Welcome
March 19-21, 2020
WASCA 61st Spring Festival
"Get Your Kicks On Route 66"
For More Information Click On Link Below
WASCA Spring Festival
1/25 broken resolutions dance
On Saturday January 25th, come to the Broken Resolutions Dance and commiserate with your fellow dancers on your already broken New Years Eve resolutions for the year 2020. 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).
2/8 valentine's day dance
Celebrate Valentine's Day a week early at the Gad-Abouts Valentine's Day Dance on Saturday February 8th. 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).
2/22 Mardi Gras dance
Revel in a Mardi Gras atmosphere at the Mardi Gras Dance on Saturday February 22rd. 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).
2/29 chocolate dance 5th Saturday
Chocolate lovers beware, I am sure that there will be plenty of chocolate delights at the Chocolate Dance on Saturday February 29th. It is a leap year day and the fifth Saturday of the month. The Guest Caller is Tom Miller. 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).
3/14 St. Patrick's dance
Irish Eyes will be smiling with chants of "Erin Go Bragh" at the St. Patrick's Dance on Saturday March 14th. Wear green. 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).
3/19 - 3/21 WASCA SPRING FESTIVAL
The Gad-Abouts take a break to attend the WASCA 61st Spring Festival on March 19th thru 21st. This years theme is "Get Your Kicks On Route 66". The festival is held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria Va. For detailed info about this event click on the following link: WASCA Spring Festival
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