Website last updated on July 15th, 2019 at 9:15 am
upcoming and recent Square Dance news and events
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
The regular dance schedule will resume this September. Stayed tuned to this page for the new schedule.
!!! 2019 SUMMER SIZZLE DANCE SCHEDULE !!!
The 2019 FCP Summer Sizzle Dance Schedule is currently underway in Frederick. The next dance is scheduled for Sunday, July 21st featuring Club Caller Mike McIntyre. To view the schedule click on the following link:
2019 SUMMER SIZZLE
!!! 2019 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS SUMMER DANCE SCHEDULE !!!
The 2019 FCP Wednesday Nights Summer Dance Schedule featuring the FCP Deputy Callers is now underway. To view the schedule click on the following link:
2019 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS SUMMER
7/21 (sunday) Ice Cream Social Dance
Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the Sensational Ice Cream Social dance is on SUNDAY July 21st from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. Bring your favorite ice cream and toppings to share with our members and guests. The dress is casual and the fee is $8.00. The caller is Mike McIntyre. The dance is at the Mt. Pleasant Ruritan Club located at 8101 Crum Road (just north of the intersection of Crum Road and MD 26) in Walkersville, MD.
7/17 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS SUMMER DANCE
The 2019 Wednesday Nights Summer dance program continues on July 17th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The dress is casual and the fee for everyone is $5 per person. The caller is Deputy Club Caller Dan Grimes. The dance is at the Ballenger Community Hall at 5460 Jefferson Pike (on Route 180 across the street from St. Luke's Lutheran Church) in Frederick (Feagersville) MD.
7/12 SUMMER sizzle DANCE
The second dance of the 2019 Summer Sizzle dance series was on Friday July 12th featuring Guest Caller Dayle Hodge. The picture shows the Friendship Squares Club retrieving their previously stolen banner.
June 26 - June 29 68th NSdC
Members of the Promenaders and Gad-Abouts attended the 68th National Square Dance Convention in Marietta Georgia on June 26th to June 29th. The total count for the event was approximately 4100 guests. The main nightly attraction was in Hall A with the many Guest Callers accompanied by the musical group Ghost Riders to provide a high energy format for square dancing. The top picture is of the Promenaders and Gad-Abouts that attended the event. The second picture shows 5 of the 8 members of the contingent from China who wore a dazzling array of square dancing attire. The two videos are from Hall A. The bottom video shows Marjorie Barber and Dan Grimes (members of both clubs) participating in a square. The Guest Callers were a Whos Who of nationally recognized callers.
Two additional videos are on the Video Gallery page. To go to the Video Gallery page click on the following link: Video Gallery
6/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Wednesday 6/19 marked the culmination of the 2018-2019 Dance Class. Twelve students graduated. Two from the Mainstream session, One from the PLUS session and nine from both the Mainstream & PLUS sessions.
The newly announced FCP Club Caller Mike McIntyre was on hand to take part in the festivities. Nine of the graduates from the Mainstream & PLUS sessions are pictured above with club dance instructor Dan Grimes. They are: DeWayne Veenhuis, Yuki Homman, Linda & Ray Everett, Dan Grimes, Derek Haber, Debora Pinkney, Denise McCarthy, and Bill & Christine Kiewit. Not in the picture are PLUS graduate Pat Marks, Mainstream graduate Ann Fedeli, and Mainstream graduate Ruth de-La Viez. In addition to the graduation certificates, other awards were distributed. Denise McCarthy received an award for her perfect attendance during the year. Linda Everett, Derek Haber, and Ray Everett were awarded for their near perfect attendance. Ray Everett also received a special award, that of Class Clown, for his funny antics during the year. Why even the Web Master and Class Registrar, Donald Barber, received a bottle of Jack Daniels for his yearlong efforts to the square dance club. In a continuation of a tradition started last year, the new graduate students, along with their club angels perform a square dance inside a really large rubber band.
square dancing tidbits
2019-2020 FCP square dance lessons class
The 2019-2020 FCP square dance lessons class, featuring Mainstream and Plus sessions, is scheduled for September 2019 through May 2020. For more information and to sign up for a class, click on the following link: Dance Lessons
Dancer Etiquette Brochure
Recently added to the ABOUT page is the Dancer Etiquette brochure. This brochure provides the basic Code of Ethics and Codes of Conduct expected from dancers at the various square dancing functions and events. To go to the brochure click on the following link: BROCHURE
2019-2020 FCP Dues Form
The dues form for the 2019-2020 FCP square dance season is now available. Click on the following link to go to the Flyers Page and follow directions for downloading the form.
6/1 friendship squares BANNER STEAL
Following their successful heist of the Panhandler's banner on 5/18, twenty-one FCP members led by Club Vice-President Andrea Smith, raided and successfully purloined the banner of the Friendship Squares on Saturday June 1st. The FCPer's seem to have this larcenous lunacy down to a science.
5/18 PanHandlers banner steal
On Saturday May 18th, an FCP contingent visited the PanHandlers club for the purpose of stealing their club banner. Pictured are the FCP members, led my Commander Henry Lane, receiving the banner from members of the PanHandlers.
!!! THE NATIONAL SQUARE DANCE CONVENTION COMES TO THE EAST COAST !!!
Join the hosting Peach Pits Square Dance Club in Atlanta (Marietta) Georgia for the 68th National Square Dance Convention on June 26-29, 2019.
As of February 14th there are 3339 registered square dancers including 68 from the State of Maryland. There are 4 Promenaders registered to attend. For more information click on the following link: 68thNSDC
!!! 56th star spangled banner festival !!!
Make plans to attend the MDSDF sponsored 56th Star Spangled Banner Festival weekend on July 18-20, 2019 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. For more information on this event click on the following link:
56th Star Spangled Banner
where's The Dance?
If your upcoming plans include travel or you just want to visit other dance clubs near your home club, then the "Where's The Dance" web site is for you. This web site shows all of the Square Dances within a specific radius of where you are. There are a few other options to even further narrow the dance selections for you. To visit this valuable square dance web site click on the following link:
Where's The Dance?
An FCP Calendar of Events using the Google Calendar functionality is now available. To view the calendar, place the cursor on the SCHEDULE link in the navigation bar at the top of this page, then click on the Promenaders Calendar item or click on the following link: Calendar
square dance lessons link
Students or anyone else who wants to review square dance calls can click on the following link to an excellent website that demonstrates Mainstream and Plus calls.
square dancing: a swinging history
.NOVEMBER 29, 2011 By History.com Staff
Swing your partner and do-si-do—November 29 is Square Dance Day in the United States. Didn’t know this folksy form of entertainment had a holiday all its own? Then it’s probably time you learned a few things about square dancing, a tradition that blossomed in the United States but has roots that stretch back to 15th-century Europe.
Square dance aficionados trace the activity back to several European ancestors. In England around 1600, teams of six trained performers—all male, for propriety’s sake, and wearing bells for extra oomph—began presenting choreographed sequences known as the morris dance. This fad is thought to have inspired English country dance, in which couples lined up on village greens to practice weaving, circling and swinging moves reminiscent of modern-day square dancing......>
(The Square Dancing: A Swinging History entire testimonial can be found on the Testimonials page).
Click on the following link to go to the Testimonials page: Testimonials
ODE To square Dancing
Summer is nigh and the square dancing is great
Grab your spouse or your friend and even your date
Then head to the floor with your squaring mate
To dance to the cadence that the callers dictate
The squares stand ready for your dancing crave
You can relay the deucy after a step to a wave
Then you chain down the line if you dare to be brave
Square dancing in Frederick is the latest rave
Seamless moves are in sync with the callers refrain
Head ladies go center with a teacup chain
It's friendship set to music while using your brain
Just remember to listen and stay in your lane
Mainstream and Plus are two levels to learn
Then DBD and Advanced get your legs to churn
The steps and the calls are easy to discern
So promenade in style whenever your turn
Spread the word around town so more people know
And invite them to your local square dancing show
We would like our classes to continually grow
When eager new students join the dancing flow
Let the resurgence begin on the square dancing floor
With the mixing of the new and the current core
Let's breakdown the barriers and open the door
As we celebrate the tradition with all of its lore
Frederick County Promenaders
Web Master, Ode Writer
Promenaders Featured in the Frederick News Post
Recently the Frederick News Post ran an article on the experiences of one of their staff, Imade Borha, after attending our square dance and and then our Open House. Below is the link to her article:
Do-si-do: Square dancing alive and well in Frederick