Six members of the High Country Squares Square Dance Club attended the 58th National Square Dance Convention in Long Beach, Calif., in June. There were nearly 5,000 dancers in attendance and all 50 states were represented at the convention with 243 dancers from Colorado. There were also dancers from Sweden, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Australia, U.K., Belgium, Denmark, Philippines, Finland, Norway and Saudi Arabia.
The five-day convention included square dancing at all levels in 18 different halls. The Ghost Rider band provided live music in the arena at the Mainstream level. There was also round dancing, line dancing, clogging and contra, with workshops, seminars, clinics, competitions, exhibitions, youth and handicapped dancing.
The members attending from the High Country Squares were Jeannine and John Thomas, Teri and John Hoehn, who were attending their first National Convention and Lorna and Gene Fox, who have now attended six conventions. They then met up with old friends from Indiana and all danced together. It was quite an interesting experience to dance with thousands of dancers, but our most memorable dance was to a Japanese caller who sang “Over the Rainbow” with a very strange English accent. Lots of laughs with that dance!
Square dancing is an interesting hobby that has been growing here in Pagosa. Our dance club formed in May of 2008 and we are now teaching our third group of dancers. The new dancers in our classes now are having a great time, getting some great aerobic exercise, stimulating their minds and meeting lots of new friends.