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Public invited to High Country Squares open dance nights

In squares of eight across the country, Americans from senior-citizen age on down are linking arms, sashaying and “do-si-doing” themselves to longer, healthier and happier lives.

They’re having a blast and also lowering their risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, age-related memory loss, osteoporosis and depression.

With all its moving, twisting and turning, square dancing provides more than the daily dose of heart- and bone-healthy physical activity.

Remembering all the calls — from “do-si-do” to “allemande” — keeps the mind sharp, potentially staving off age-related memory loss, experts say. And the companionship that regular square dancing offers is an antidote to depression and loneliness, a statement confirmed by square-dancing advocates everywhere.

Most square dance clubs offer lessons which last for six months or so until beginning dancers are ready to “graduate” into full-fledged club members.

The Pagosa Springs High Country Squares would like those interested in trying square dancing to have an opportunity to give it a whirl on the special Mondays in April — “Community Dance Night”— from 6 until 7 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Ave. This is a fun dance night for new dancers to experience our friendly club and consider if they would like to continue dancing.

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.

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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