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Once-a-year opportunity to learn square dance

Pagosa Springs’ own square dance club, the The High Country Squares, invites anyone who would like to try square dancing to attend our annual beginners’ class. This class is offered once a year beginning in June and is ongoing until graduation, some time in the fall of 2011.

Class starts Monday, June 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m. with our club caller Jim Park doing the teaching. Each class is $4 per person. The only requirement is to bring your left and right feet, your enthusiasm, and your sense of humor.

All classes are held at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Ave.

If you have always wondered what it would be like to square dance, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced teachers in the United States. The High Country Squares are proud of their American heritage and love to share the joy of dancing in a style that has been handed down in the folk tradition for centuries. Modern Western Square Dancing uses a variety of music, including country, western, rock and roll and pop. So, really, there is nothing “square” about it, except it is fun to be “square.”

Learning the basic steps is easy. Jim Park will patiently teach these steps or “calls.” Experienced dancers assist in the learning, acting as “angels.” You practice these calls at our weekly classes until they feel as natural as walking. Soon Jim will start combining these calls into intricate dance patterns, which takes concentration and teamwork to execute. Single students are carefully matched with knowledgeable partners.

For a pre-class introduction, a free community square dance with pie and ice cream social will be held on Friday, June 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse. 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.

For experienced dancers and club members returning for the summer, Monday, May 23, marks the return of Jim Park for our usual weekly dance. Saturday, May 28, is the first Vallecito dance and potluck with all area callers, and there will be no class on Monday, May 30 — Memorial Day.

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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