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High Country Squares celebrate third year

On April 1, High Country Squares celebrated their third birthday with a Northwest District Dance featuring callers from the Four Corners area of Pagosa Springs, Durango, Bayfield, Cortez and Farmington.

This dance was high-energy fun, with great dancing, wonderful finger foods and beautiful table decorations provided by the High Country Squares.

Our fun Monday club “theme” nights continue May 9 with a “Spring Mud Monday” featuring a chocolate food theme to celebrate our almost melted snow and abundant mud. Our guest caller from Farmington is Lloyd Husted. Lloyd is a favorite for his high-energy calling, great music selection and smooth choreography.

As an apprentice caller, I was excited to attending the 38th Annual CALLERLAB Convention in Las Vegas April 17-20 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. Over 350 members and guests attended. Many exciting educational and common interest sessions were offered to motivate and encourage attendees in their careers as callers and to develop innovative concepts regarding the marketing and promotion of square dancing.

CALLERLAB, the International Association of Square Dancer Callers, is an organization of over 1,500 members, and is established to promote, educate and demonstrate the psychological, physical, and social benefits of square dance. The theme for this year’s convention was “That’s Entertainment”.

I attended this convention with our club caller Jim Park and his wife, Fae.

We surrounded by callers and their partners from the U.S. and beyond, including a group from Japan and Switzerland. The generous CALLERLAB members were encouraged to donate to the Square Dancers for Japan Fund. Square dancing is extremely popular in Japan and we were all glad to give a helping hand to our colleagues devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami in that country.

Back in Pagosa, our membership and publicity committees are abuzz with preparations for the upcoming New Beginner Classes. As a kickoff, a free community square dance with pie and ice cream social is planned on Friday, June 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Ave. We invite anyone in the community to attend this introduction to Modern Western Square Dance with our caller Jim Park. Come on down and learn a few easy calls, have lots of fun and socialize with our very friendly bunch here in Pagosa Springs.

Following this free community dance, this year’s lessons start on Monday, June 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., with our club caller Jim Park doing the teaching. Each class is $4 per person.

There is nothing more important to the activity of square dancing than recruiting, teaching and retaining new members. Many club members will assist our new dancers as dancing “angels” to welcome beginners into the activity of Square Dancing. Square Dancing is easy to learn. You don’t need any dance experience. The only requirement is to bring your left and right feet, your enthusiasm, and your sense of humor.

The High Country Squares offers weekly dances, regional dances and a wonderful sense of community for local and visiting dancers. Contact Lorna at 731-5525 for more information.

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