Learn to square dance beginning Oct. 21

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Photo courtesy Carla Roberts International caller Mike Sikorsky and local caller Carla Roberts. Beginning Oct. 21, Roberts will teach beginning square dancing.
Photo courtesy Carla Roberts
International caller Mike Sikorsky and local caller Carla Roberts. Beginning Oct. 21, Roberts will teach beginning square dancing.

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Learn to square dance every Wednesday evening from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., continuing Oct. 21 through Dec. 2 at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA) Clubhouse in Pagosa Springs.

In this 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.

Square dancing is as traditionally American as apple pie — it’s clean, fun and safe, and people of all ages are involved. An evening of this entertainment is inexpensive. You’ll find yourself interacting with everyone from teenagers to the elderly — and you’ll find you all have something in common.

Health benefits abound, especially in fall and winter, when we are more sedentary. You can dance 3 to 4 miles per evening without even noticing, while you burn 300 to 800 calories, improve cardio condition, strengthen bones and lower blood pressure. Square dancing helps maintain your balance, coordination and range of motion.

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