By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW
Learn to square dance every Wednesday evening from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 14 and running through Dec. 2 at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse.
In this eight-week introduction to square dance, Carla 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.
Old-timers might remember the joyous community dances or barn dances that were the glue of a hardworking agricultural community — important social events that were held in Grange halls, old theaters, dance halls or barns and often included the whole family in a potluck social and dance. People got there however they could — on horseback or by jalopy.
While adults visited, children played among themselves during the evening and, after tiring, were put to bed in a spare room or on top of coats under a table. Local musicians provided music, a mixture of country, old-time hoedowns and even an elegant waltz or two.