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
The SVSRDA President's Ball Dinner and Dance is on Sunday, April 29th in York Pa. See the event item on this page for more information.
On May 26th, is the annual Gettysburg Square Dance Festival in Fairfield Pa. This is a one day square dance event featuring Guest Callers Art LaVigne, Bill Harrison, Mark Franks, and Dan Prosser. For more information about this event click on the following link:
Square Dance Lessons classes continue on Monday evenings through April 2018. For more information see the Learn To Square Dance flyer on the FLYERS page.
Wasca 2018 Festival Dance link!
The Gad-Abouts Webmaster recently received an email containing the link to a representative sample of the songs called by the Guest Callers at the WASCA 2018 Venetian Carnival Festival held on March 15, 16, and 17. Click on the following link to access the many videos.
2018 WASCA Festival
3/10 wearin' o' the green dance!
A sea of green at the March 10th Wearin' O' The Green dance.
1/8 Pennsylvania Farm Show!
On Monday evening, January 18th, 9 members of the Gad-Abouts attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. They were one of 60 squares participating in the square dance competition and exhibition. The two videos above show the Gad-Abouts in the entrance processional and performing. The picture shows them after receiving Superior Performance Blue Ribbons. In the front row from L-R are Mary Rogers, Carol Keenan, Marcia Horst, Marjorie Barber, and Bob Lawn. Behind them from L-R are Bill Bucher, Wayne Tosten, Marvin Horst, and Dan Grimes. Other videos from this event are in the Video Gallery.
4/28 graduation dance!
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come and celebrate the Graduation of the square dance students on Saturday April 28th. Enjoy and dance to the pomp and circumstance surrounding this milestone event for the Gad-Abouts club. There will be no rounds on this night. 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.
4/29 (Sunday) svsrda president's ball!
Come to the President's Ball at the Wisehaven Event Center in York PA on Sunday April 29th to dance, eat, and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Susquehanna Valley Square & Round Dance Association (SVSRDA). This gala event is from 2:00pm to 5:00pm for dancing with an optional dinner buffet at 5:15pm. The event center is located at 2985 East Prospect Road, York PA 17402. Attendees are encouraged to register for this event in advance. For more information and to print the registration form click on the following link: FLYERS
5/12 Mother's day dance!
On Saturday May 12th, come and celebrate Mother's Day with the Gad-Abouts. The dance 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. For more information send us an email using the CONTACT US link at the top of any page.
6/9 Hawaiian shirt night!
Aloha, all dancers are welcome to the June 9th Hawaiian Shirt Night dance. Wear your eye-popping Hawaiian shirts to this luau. The dance 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. For more information send us an email using the CONTACT US link at the top of any page.
square dancing tidbits
3/24 matt Worley!
Matt Worley with his psychedelic shoes was the Guest Caller at the recent Spring Fling dance. I just wonder how often he needs to change the batteries in those things? Kudos to Matt for that innovative accessory.
02/23 Do-Pa-SO visitation!
On February 23rd, 10 members of the Gad-Abouts visited the Do-Pa-So square dance club in Lancaster PA. 8 of the members led by Club President Bob Lawn are pictured above.
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!
Spring 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