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Hi everyone!  How are you all doing?  Managing to keep happy and healthy I sincerely hope!!!

John and I are doing well.  Like everyone else, we are at home more than we're out, but that's okay in times like these. I'm managing to keep busy with walking most mornings (now that the weather is finally getting a bit warmer!), keeping up with bookkeeping for my clients, doing some virtual square dance calling, and  doing what's required of me as a member of several square dance committees and boards.  All fun stuff. :-)  Oh, and I'm working on a cross stitch project.

John keeps busy with making jewelry - mostly for me! - bits of woodworking, watching documentaries and "how to's" on his computer, reading, playing word games and sudoku on his tablet, watching Netflix and, now that the weather is improving and we can get outside, he's been "messing around" outside.  I must admit, I do the games thing, too, AND watch Netflix with him - we recently finished 2 Netflix series: "Travelers" (next to "Blacklist", my favourite!) and "Irregulars" (an interesting take on Sherlock Holmes). Now we're watching "Salvation".  Not bad!

The cats are healthy - and will REALLY miss us when things get back to normal and we're out dancing most nights of the week!  With the vaccination numbers moving up, maybe that will be sooner rather than later????  Here's hoping!

And as soon as are back to normal - or normal enough to get out and socialize -  I'd like to go out and have coffee or breakfast or lunch or drinks with friends - singly or in small groups.  Let me know when you're up to it!  :-)

Until then, stay well, stay happy, and keep in touch!

 

We are avid square dancers and we both are square dance Callers, too.  We teach AND call. This website will tell you all about what we do that has to do with square dancing.  So, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to tap your toes! 

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Have you ever heard "The Square Dance Song"?  Check it out right here:  Click here.

Modern Square Dancing: NOT your same old song-and-dance routine!

When you hear the term “Modern Square Dancing”, what do you picture? Most people block out the word “Modern” and picture what we refer to as “Traditional” or “Old Tyme” square dancing: cowboy boots, hay bales, and country music (mostly fiddles and banjos). Well, that is NOT what MSD is all about.

 

In Modern – or Contemporary – Square Dancing, yes, some of the calls are

the same, but only a few. In MSD, we like to have all the dancers dancing at

the same time. We do not use set dances, as in the old style (remember

“Birdie in a Cage” or “Dip and Dive”?); rather, dancers are taught steps and

it is up to the Caller to put the steps together in whatever sequence he/she wants. A good Caller will make sure the steps run together very smoothly. But nothing is memorized, so dancers don’t know what’s coming up next. Keeps you on your toes!

 

Also in MSD, we use a much bigger variety of music. There is MUCH more to Modern Square Dancing than fiddles and banjos!  My music library even includes selections from the "Top 40" hits: The Nights (Avicii), Dynamite (Taio Cruz), Edge of Glory (Lady Gaga) among many more. We can dance to just about anything, as long as it has a good, steady beat, including: current hits, alternative music, hip hop, Classic Rock, gospel, jazz, Classical – and, yes, we do still use country music, old or new!  And we don’t just use it for background music.  A friend that has known for years that I am a Caller was surprised to hear that I sing at dances! That’s another difference between Old Tyme and Modern. Yes, we sing!  Some of my favourites are:  I Believe in You (Michael Bublé), Ex's and Oh's (Elle King), Drink in my Hand (Eric Church), Heaven (DJ Sammy and Yanou) to name a few.  Really!

 

You really do need to see it in order to understand what it’s about. And don’t just assume you won't enjoy it.  Until you try it, you really won’t know and chances are, you WILL enjoy it!

We aren't dancing now, but when we can get back to it, you'll find out where we'll be calling on our calendars:
Click here for Wendy's calendar.
Click here for John's calendar.