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May 17, 2022: Well, that was a nice summer last week! 😊 But we definitely needed the rain, so I am thankful. Also, 30ºC days are nice, but I don't want 120 of them! So, today's cooler day is VERY welcome.
But it's May now, and we're in our Summer dance schedule. That means Wendy is calling here:
Tuesday nights - Wendy's Summer Dance program at J.A. Dulude Arena, in Ottawa, Plus and Mainstream alternating weeks
Wednesday nights - Ottawa Date Squares Social Square Dance 12-week dance program
One Sunday a month - Square Dance Ottawa monthly drop-in dance
The fall dance schedule is beginning to look more and more like it will be "back to normal". Keep an eye on our calendars to find out for sure what we'll be doing come September!
Suddenly we don't have as much time to do "stuff" - like play games on our devices (although I will ALWAYS find time to play Wordzee and Wordle 😊), watch Netflix for a few hours every evening, or read or work on my cross stitch or create more jewelry or woodworking.... But dancing is what we like best, so we're quite okay with that.
Stay healthy. Stay happy. Keep in touch.
See you on the dance floor!
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 that I particularly like to do include: Heaven (original artist, Bryan Adams), Drink in my Hand (Eric Church), Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen), Honey I'm Good (Andy Grammer), 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!