Square dance class remains open for enrollment

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Photo courtesy Joan Schmitt Wild West Squares dancers Wanita Martin and Scott Goodman. The group is currently offering introduction to square dance classes.
Photo courtesy Joan Schmitt
Wild West Squares dancers Wanita Martin and Scott Goodman. The group is currently offering introduction to square dance classes.

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

The Wild West Squares of Pagosa Springs is offering a free 10-week introduction to square dance with classes continuing to accept new students on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.

The next class is Oct. 5 at the PLPOA Clubhouse. Enroll now for this free class by calling Carla Roberts at 903-6478.

Square dancing could add 10 years to your life, a surprising new study shows.

Dr. Arron Blackburn of the Mayo Clinic stated, “It’s clear that square dancing is the perfect exercise. It combines all positive aspects of intense physical exercise with none of the negative elements.”

Blackburn said square dancing is a low-impact activity requiring constant movement and quick directional changes that help keep the body in shape.

The study was based on physical examination, which indicated that both female and male square dancers could expect to live well into their 80s.

Square dance movements raise heart rates like many good aerobic exercises should. All the quick changes of direction loosen and tone up the muscles — but not so severely as to cause injury. In square dancing, when you’re not moving, you’re clapping hands and tapping your feet, which all contribute to long-term fitness.

“You don’t see a lot of 55-year-old basketball players, but that’s just the age when square dancers are hitting their peak,” Blackburn said.

Learn basic calls in 10 weeks

The Wild West Squares, with caller Roberts, is a modern western square dance teaching program that starts at a basic level, so new dancers can quickly master enough calls (or dance steps) to experience the exhilaration of dancing in a group setting.

Learn teamwork, stretch you mind and body and develop friendships with a growing group of enthusiastic dancers. 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.

Stay healthy this fall with square dancing every Wednesday night from 7 to 8 p.m., continuing through Nov. 23. To best enjoy dancing, wear comfortable clothes and clean shoes.