- The music used at modern square dances is not just country. Today’s callers rely heavily on pop music from the 60s or 70s. Songs by Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, or Rod Stewart are favorites. A top female caller calls to classical pieces.
- Not all callers are men. Some of the most popular ones are women.
- No alcohol allowed! It is absolutely forbidden before or during dances. Square dancing requires clear concentration and quick reflexes.
- All ages participate in square dancing. We have squared danced with folks from seven to 94. Home-schooling families are increasingly turning to square dance classes to meet their children’s physical education requirements.
- Many people who thought they could not dance, love square dancing. If you can walk, you can square dance.
- It burns calories. Researchers found two hours of square dancing covers 4 to 5 miles.
- Square dancers come from all walks of life. They cover the spectrum of careers, income, education, political, and religious views. All are welcome!
- Dancers never know what their caller is going to call next. There are many different options that can follow each move.
- Square dancing is popular around the world, but it is always called in English. It is very popular in Japan and throughout Europe.
- Research shows square dancing is a mind-stimulating leisure activity that lowers the risk of developing dementia. (Ron Partin, 2015)
One of our members dancing with her 94-year old father. He is still active
in two square dance clubs.
Want to try square dancing?
Starting Tuesday, August 25th, Southern Lights Round and Square Dancing Club is sponsoring a new class for all who might like to try square dancing. The first two classes are free, with no commitments. Stan Russell, a nationally renowned square dance caller and outstanding teacher, makes leaning fun. Classes will be at 7:00 pm at the Salvation Army Gym, 329 3rd Ave., East, Hendersonville.
To sample this enjoyable activity, stop by our free ice cream social and watch square dancing, 7:20-9:30 pm on Saturday, August 15th at the Whitmire Center on Lily Pond Road. We’ll likely include a short sample lesson. Southern Lights, one of the largest and most active clubs in the country, includes many friendly, fun-loving people. Come and get acquainted. You’ll see why square dancing is known as “fun and friendship set to music.”