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Community Dance Night continues through April

Each Monday Night in April, Pagosa’s High Country Square Dance Club invites the public to Community Dance Night, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Ave.

Under the direction of expert Caller Lloyd Husted, dancers will enjoy an exciting evening of easy steps and patterns set to lively music. No previous dance experience is necessary, and children are invited to join in as well — minimum suggested age is 7 years.

Square dancing is an Americanized version of the medieval court dances of Old England, and of the various folk dances that are part of many European cultures. What has distinguished square dancing from most other folk dances is the use of a caller to help direct the steps of the dancers. Typically, groups of couples are arranged around a circle or square shape, with the steps moving them around the circle and back and forth with other partners. A caller has music and a microphone, and directs people through a variety of routines and steps.

Square dancing is much easier than line dancing or prescribed dance routines, because a caller helps you through the steps. The steps are simple, and you will quickly catch on even if you enter the dance not knowing the difference between a do and a si-do.

The steps require you to use both sides of your brain, and what is called “cross-lateral” movements, which are movements that cross from one side of your body to the other. These are great exercises for your brain, memory and coordination, which are all important as we develop as children and as we age as adults. Square dancing reduces stress with it’s combination of gentle movement and positive social interaction.

In Pagosa Springs and other local mountain communities, square dance is alive and well and enjoyed by those who like to get up and move in a joyous fashion. It is wonderful exercise for the body and mind. If you can walk at a brisk pace, you can square dance. It’s fantastic fun, and as a pastime square dancing offers tons of health benefits. It also can provide social and emotional benefits for the rest of your life.

So come on down on Monday nights in April and learn a few simple steps, have lots of fun and socialize over refreshments with our very friendly bunch here in Pagosa Springs.

Adult admission is $3 and children 18 and under are admitted free.

The open community dancing will be followed by the club’s regular Mainstream and Plus dancing from 7 to 9 p.m.

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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