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Web Site last updated on September 25th at 6:00pm by Club Webmaster Donald Barber
Recent news and events
Congratulations to the LaVigne and Calhoun families: Art and Amy's daughter Sondra and her husband Will are the proud parents of Samuel Arthur LaVigne, born on Monday, September25, 11:55 a.m., 7 lbs 12 oz and 22 inches long. We're very happy for the LaVigne and Calhoun families!
special upcoming events
Gad-abouts 2023-2024 Dance schedule
To view the schedule click on the following link: Schedule
2023-2024 dance class
recent club events
9/9/23 welcome back DANCE
The number 50 was prevalent at the first dance of the 2023-2024 Gad-Abouts dance schedule. There were 50 participants (25 members and 25 guests), the 50/50 winning amount was $50 dollars, and I the Club Webmaster had 50 different delectable treats from the food tables. Guest National Caller Mike Sikorsky was his usual excellent calling self. The 15 second snippet video displays his talent in a series of rapid-fire calls. The dancers had to be alert and quick to keep up with the calling barrage.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church 24 East Baltimore Street, Funkstown, MD
Parking and Entrance is behind church via E. Chestnut St.
9/30 60's music DANCE
To get into the mood for the 60's Music Dance, click on the arrow on the left side of the audio link below.
10/14 fall festival DANCE
10/28 Halloween dance
To get into the mood for the Halloween Dance, click on the arrow on the left side of the audio link below.
SQUARE DANCING TIDBITS
benefits of square dancing
Click on the following link to read about the benefits derived from a regular square dancing routine.
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