High Country Squares to host famed caller at ‘Black and White Dance’


    By Carla Roberts

    Special to The PREVIEW

    Many of the High Country Squares members will attend the New Mexico State Dance this weekend, kicking up their heels to the Mesa, Ariz., calling sensation Mike Sikorsky.

    Sikorsky was named National CALLERLAB “Caller of the Year” of 2011, a prestigious title in a competitive field, and travels extensively to appear at festivals and clubs around the country.

    Immediately following his weekend appearance in Albuquerque, Sikorsky will teach a workshop in Durango for local apprentice callers featuring the “Activator System” of square dance calling, which he originated and teaches nationwide.

    On Monday, May 13, the “Black and White Dance” brings Sikorsky to Pagosa Springs for an evening of fun and challenge. Dancers are encouraged to wear something elegantly black and white, and can expect a variety of great refreshments for this festive event.

    Jim Park returns

    Our own Jim Park will then return to lead the High Country Squares through the summer and fall months. Jim and Fae Park have dedicated themselves to square dancing for decades and the club is fortunate they make Pagosa Springs their summer home. Jim will start teaching beginner Western Square Dance lessons on Monday, June 3. Classes go from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the first three classes are free, with subsequent classes $4 per person.

    The summer schedule for club dancing is Mainstream and Plus dancing from 7:30-9:15 p.m. every Monday night at the PLPOA clubhouse located at 230 Port Ave.

    The High Country Squares offers weekly dances, regional dances and a wonderful sense of community for local and visiting dancers. Contact Jim Park, 731-9910, or Jim Hawkins, 731-2028, for more information.