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High Country Squares Graduation Dance

The Pagosa Springs based High Country Squares will hold a student graduation dance event on the night of Nov. 15.

Our growing square dance club, under the expert tutelage of caller Jim Park, is proud to graduate our newest students in the Plus Dance program. This dedicated group has been practicing the 29 or so dance sequences that comprise the Modern Western Square Dance Plus program. This was after a year of intensive training to learn the 60 or so Basic and Mainstream dance calls. Congratulations to our newest dancers for regularly showing up to class and mastering all of these steps.

On Monday, Nov. 15, we will have a test and then a Graduation Harvest Dance in honor of our graduates. Preceding the dance is a potluck dinner. Dinner is at 6 p.m., dance at 7. All experienced dancers are welcome to attend. The Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Avenue.

As you can well imagine, square dancing involves a lot of memory recall! It is a great mental workout as well as an entertaining and challenging pastime. The High Country Squares formed in May of 2008 and is comprised of couples and singles that love to dance. The club offers weekly lessons, regional dances and a wonderful sense of community for local and visiting dancers. A wonderful aspect of square dancing is that once you learn the steps, you can travel all over the world and dance in clubs who have also learned the exact same steps. In the past two months, we have had visitors from Mesa and Sedona, Ariz., Albuquerque, Farmington, Alamogordo, Santa Fe, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and many cities in Colorado, including Grand Junction, Cortez, Moab, Monte Vista and Alamosa.

Our masterful club caller Jim Park keeps a great balance between teaching the newer dancers and challenging the more experienced ones. There is always something new to learn!

Two couples from the High Country Squares attended the Aspencade Plus Dance in Red River N.M., and learned all sorts of unusual Plus variations from callers Art Tangen and Keith Ripetto.

At the end of October, another couple from the High Country Squares attended calling school in North Carolina and had the opportunity to study and dance with many local clubs and callers from the Asheville area.

Locally, Lloyd Husted from Farmington, N.M., has called for us a few times, bringing his youthful enthusiasm and exciting music to the High Country Squares. Thank you Lloyd (and wife Dana).

For more information about the High Country Squares, contact Lorna Fox at 731-5525.