TODAY'S SQUARE DANCING HAS MORPHED INTO A MULTI-LEVEL DANCE PROGRAM
with it's roots in Traditional (Old Time) Square Dancing. By comparison, Traditional has about 25 dance steps, known as 'calls', whereas Modern Square Dancing has many programs and over 500 calls!
Our group in Strathmore enjoys the recreational 'Social Square Dance' program with 50 calls.
IF YOU CAN WALK AND LISTEN AT THE SAME TIME, YOU CAN SQUARE DANCE!
No lead/follow partner either. This is an easy way to get comfortable on the dance floor - even if you have 'two left feet'!
We're a non-competitive just-for-fun group. Laughing, dancing with a team of friends, and fixing "the square" when something goes wrong is all part of the fun!
TRADITIONAL SQUARE DANCE ATTIRE IS NOT REQUIRED.
Come in casual, dressy, western or traditional outfits. It's important to wear comfortable, indoor shoes that protect your feet and the floor.
The most popular choice in our group is casual dress. We recommend dressing light (no sweaters) because all that dancing will keep you warm.
ANYTHING WITH A FUN, UPLIFTING BEAT WORKS!
Rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, old country, new country, marches, show tunes and more.
In Strathmore, we dance to a wide variety of music. Stuff that makes your feet move!
IT HAS THE SAME BENEFITS AS LOW IMPACT AEROBICS AND IT WORKS THE BRAIN, TOO!
Easy to clock 7000+ steps in an evening. Dancing uses both sides of the brain - a proven workout for the mind.
Even better, square dancing turns exercise into something that's social and FUN to do with a group of friends.
Members of our group will tell you that the reason they come back every week is because it's fun. It's exercise, too, but mostly because it's fun!
This unique form of team dancing is awesome at any age - from families with school-aged kids, to young teens and adults of all ages. The Caller (dance instructor) can adjust the program to suit the dance floor - new or experienced, younger or older.
Our Strathmore group is a mix of teens, young and middle-aged adults, baby boomers and beyond. Some are just new to the activity, and others have square danced for several years.
THIS IS TEAM DANCING DONE IN GROUPS OF EIGHT.
Eight people form a square, two per side. Traditionally, four couples made up the square, but today many singles participate. Just like on any other dance floor, it's not unusual to see two women paired together.
Our group is a 50/50 split of singles and couples, all ages. Some have partners at home who don't want to dance, but enjoy coming to other events like our barbecues, game nights and Christmas parties.
IN OUR ACTIVITY, ROUND DANCING REFERS TO BALLROOM DANCE RHYTHMS.
Examples of rhythms include waltz, two-step, rumba, cha, jive, and fox trot. Often an evening of square dance will include some round dancing, such as two-step or waltz.
Round Dancing is ballroom dancing with a twist. Individual dance steps are taught. The dance instructor arranges those steps into a dance, and announces each step just before the dancer carries them out.
In this way, dancers do not need to memorize sequences and partners do not need to take the lead or follow. Some say this is an easier, less stressful introduction to couple-dancing.
For detailed information about Round Dancing: http://www.cbdlearninglibrary.com\.
AND ALL THE CALLS (DANCE STEPS) ARE CALLED IN ENGLISH!
This allows dancers to participate wherever it's happening - across Canada and the U.S., England, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic & Slovakia, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.
Meet the British couple in our group who first learned to square dance in England. We've also had the occasional visitor from Germany and Japan join us for an evening of dance.