First of all, let's bust some of the stereotypes about square dancing.
- We do not dance in a barn.
- We do not all wear big fluffy skirts or big belt buckles.
- We dance to all kinds of music - not just fiddles and banjos.
- Square dancing is not just for old people.
- This is not what you did in high school gym class!
Modern Western Square Dancing has evolved extensively since its hay-day in the 70's. Today square dancing is an international form of dance that people of all ages enjoy. I began square dancing when I was 12 years old with my family. My parents square danced and my brother and I wanted to learn too! Then at age 17 my brother and I started learning how to become square dance callers. A square dance caller leads the dancers by "calling out" the pattern of dance steps to create an enjoyable time for the dancers.
In this area my brother and I are definitely a minority. Although there are many youth dancers around the United States, the dancers in our area are older. The fact that I am a female caller also makes me unique. Most square dance callers are male. Despite these facts, I am determined to work towards diversifying square dancing through my calling.
In this blog, I hope to share my love of square dancing. There are many stereotypes about square dancing that are not true. Most people do not realize what this dance form actually entails. I want to let my readers know modern western square dancing actually is. To do this I will share my personal experiences of dances, lessons, conventions and festivals. I will share information about upcoming events as well as talk about past events. Square dancing is all about having fun and I will show you some of the many ways that we do have fun in this activity.
To start off my blog, I want to share with a video of modern western square dancing. This was taken when I was attending a Caller School in Fultondale, Alabama. Check it out and let me know what you think!
I want to hear from you! Have you ever square danced? What have you heard about square dancing? How do your prior ideas about square dancing differ from what I have told you here?
I look forward to hearing from you!
Have a great day! :-)
Have a great day! :-)