Learn the basics of square dance

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By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Four Corners-based square dance caller Carla Roberts is putting the call out for dancers to come and experience this fun and challenging form of recreational team dancing.

Free square dance classes will take place Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Feb. 11 through March 25 at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Vista Clubhouse.

In this introduction to square dance, Roberts will teach at the basic level, so new dancers can quickly master enough calls (or dance steps) to experience the exhilaration of dancing in a group setting. The class focus is for everyone to have an enjoyable dance session while learning the building blocks of square dance.

This is a fun, easygoing and free class open to families, couples and singles. Suggested age for children is at least 8 years old. Call Roberts to enroll at 903-6478.

Did you know that square dancing was a very popular 4-H activity in decades past and many of our mountain communities had competitions that sometimes involved larger events as far away as Denver?

Through team dancing, we develop strong social ties, which contribute to self-esteem and a positive outlook. Cultural background does not make a difference. In fact, square dancing breaks down many barriers between cultures.

And talking about fun, just ask any square dancer how much fun they have.

Help us to continue this great western heritage activity in Pagosa Springs. Come to town and kick up your heels with Roberts every Wednesday afternoon starting Feb. 11. To best enjoy dancing, wear comfortable clothes and clean shoes.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and performing arts specialist Roberts has taught and performed concerts in schools and fine arts venues in the western states for the last 35 years. Her Four Corners-based “Wild West Squares” program is designed to bring the joy of modern western square dance to people of all ages.