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
Early heads up for the WASCA 2018 Square Dance Festival "Venetian Carnival". See the event item on this page.
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.
10/29 - 60th anniversary video!
As shown by the video, the 60th Anniversary Gala Dance was a huge success. At its maximum there were 22 squares on the floor dancing to the amazing calls of Guest Callers Tom Miller and Joe Saltel. Other videos can be seen in the Video Gallery. To go to the Video Gallery click on the following link. VIDEOS
WASCA 2018 "venetian Carnival"
The Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association (WASCA) will hold its regional festival, a "Venetian Carnival", on March 15-17, 2018 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center Hotel in Alexandria Virginia. Join many of your fellow club dancers as well as other dancers from area clubs for this 3 day extravaganza!
For more information about this event, click on the following link: WASCA 2018
11/25 thanksgiving dance!
On Saturday November 25th, turkey trot on down to the Gad-Abouts Thanksgiving Dance featuring Guest Caller Bob Engle. Bob is the regular club caller for the Shippen Squares. A donation of canned goods will gladly be accepted. 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.
12/9 christmas dance!
The Gad-Abouts usher in the Yuletide Season with their Christmas Dance on Saturday December 9th. New dancers are invited. 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.
12/23 flannel shirt night!
Winter is here! So to prepare for Winter's onslaught and to celebrate the recent Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year), the Gad-Abouts are having a Flannel Shirt Night dance on Saturday December 23rd. Wear a flannel shirt as part of the casual attire for this event. The Guest Caller is Jeremy Butler. 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.
Movies/hollywood night (5th Sat.)
To close out the 2017 portion of the schedule, come celebrate New Years Eve Eve at the Gad-Abouts 5th Saturday Movie/Hollywood Night square dance on December 30th. New Dancers Are Welcome. 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.
P.S. Harrison Ford (picture inset) is NOT the Guest Caller!
square dancing tidbits
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!
Autumn is here 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