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High Country Squares dancing up a storm

The High Country Squares are back in action, continuing our weekly square dances in Pagosa Springs after a holiday break.

Our club is celebrating its third birthday this year with a special dance on April 1. This is actually a Northwest District Dance and experienced square dancers are welcome to attend. We look forward to dancing with friends from Durango, Cortez, Farmington and beyond. The new plus level graduates are practicing their extensive repertoire of calls and putting in the time to dance smoothly and fast, as well!

Square dancing is a team sport and the precision in movement of a well-trained square of dancers is a joy to experience. With each lesson, dancers become more confident and experienced, learning to work as a whole — and having fun, to boot.

For the winter/spring season, our guest caller from Farmington is Lloyd Husted. Lloyd is a favorite for his high-energy calling, great music selection and smooth choreography. He has been calling for over 20 years and his mentor was the great Otto Degner from Farmington. Lloyd is drilling us on speed and the huge variety of calls we practice regularly. We thank Lloyd and his wife Dana for making the trip every week from Farmington to Pagosa and bringing along more dancers, as well.

Once a month, the High Country Squares have a special theme dance.

A cold January got a little warmer on Jan. 10 with our “wear your favorite snow hat dance” that was enhanced by luscious desserts and hot chocolate. Lloyd Husted refreshed our memories of plus and mainstream calls after a long holiday break from our dancing in Pagosa Springs. Newer graduates found that it is very easy to forget calls unless they are done regularly. Lloyd graciously allowed caller-in-training Carla Roberts a chance to call a tip for her Pagosa debut after attending caller’s college with Jerry Story, Deborah Carroll-Jones and Jon Jones in Maggie Valley, N.C.

We’ll have plenty of opportunities to dance in February as well, with all Mondays filled, including our Valentine Monday on Feb. 14 and extra area events such as the Northwest District Dance Feb. 11 in Durango and the Four Corners Fling on March 18-19 with Art Tangen calling, held in Cortez.

If you are interested in learning to square dance, we have beginning lessons starting in June. Experienced dancers assist in these classes, so learning is easy and fun.

If you are in the area, come and join us in snowy Pagosa Springs where you can soak, ski and square dance during the winter months.

The club offers weekly dances, regional dances and a wonderful sense of community for local and visiting dancers. Contact Lorna at 731-5525.