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It’s fun to be a square

Since December 2010, the High Country Square Dance Club has enjoyed dancing to the very upbeat caller Lloyd Husted from Farmington.

Nowadays square dancers enjoy a great variety of music old and new and Husted is at the forefront of musical innovation. He delights in trying out unusual mixes with driving drums and bass that highlight the massive rhythm boost needed to get dancers excited. From classical pieces gone electronically wild with rhythm to simple folk songs such as “She’ll be Coming Around The Mountain” updated for modern tastes, Lloyd is always on the lookout for something new and different to give dancers a blast of energy. We thank Lloyd and his wife, Dana, for bringing their high spirits and fantastic music and calling to Pagosa for the last few months.

If you have memories of grammer school square dance classes that seemed corny and full of painfully shy, self conscious youngsters too afraid to touch each other, you are not alone. Square dance today is a far cry from that ancient memory. We have carefully trained professionals who are also entertainers to teach you, wonderful music and the most fun loving fellow dancers imaginable to help you. Once you learn the basics, which takes five or six months, you can dance anywhere in the world, because square dancing is an international phenomenon. Our own club members have danced in France, Britain and Hawaii while on vacation. All of the calling is done in English and the steps are the same everywhere. If you had a chance to dance in Germany or Denmark, for instance, you would find the dancers to be very skilled and intense on a fast pace because they practice a lot. Japan as well, where square dancing is extremely popular.

If you would like to give it a try right here in Pagosa Springs or just come and watch others having fun, please be our guest at a free community square dance with pie and ice cream social to be held 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.

Lessons start June 6

Following the free community dance, official beginner’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. 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.

You will want to be there at the beginning, if possible, so you do not miss out on any instruction. 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. There is nothing “square” about it, except it is fun to be “square”. Singles are welcome to learn and our square dancing “angels” will be there to dance with those who have no regular dancing partner.

For experienced dancers and club members returning for the summer, 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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