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upcoming and recent Square Dance news and events
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
7:30pm Friday February 1st - Baked Potato Bowl Dance
Guest Caller: Mike McIntyre
Cuer: Linda Roberts
!!! PLUS SQUARE DANCE LESSONS CLASS !!!
The PLUS segment of the 2018-2019 Wednesday Square Dance Lessons Class is scheduled to begin on Wednesday February 6th and end on Wednesday May 8th. Persons attending the PlUS square dance lessons session must be competent in Mainstream square dancing. For more information about the class call 240-356-1255 or send an email using the CONTACT US link at the top of this page.
1/18 Crazy Socks Dance
It was as crazy as you can get, that is from the knees down, at the Crazy Socks dance on January 18th. Pictured above is the cast of characters and their crazy socks.
1/16/19 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS!
Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Glory, Glory Hallelujah, It's About Time. These were the terms bandied about after the 15th class of the 2018-2019 Wednesday Nights Square Dance Lessons program. This night marked the completion of the last 4 Mainstream calls by Class Instructor Dan Grimes. To date 60 calls have been taught. It was also "Wear Your Favorite Shirt" night as depicted in the top photo of the participants wearing said items. There are two more weeks of Mainstream review, review, and review, before Semester 2 (PLUS) begins on February 6th.
2/1 baked potato bowl dance
The college bowl games are over and done. But there are still two bowls left. One is the Super Bowl and the other is the FCP Baked Potato Bowl Dance to begin Super Bowl weekend on Friday February 1st from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The only thing you need to do is bring your favorite baked potato toppings. The Club Caller is Mike McIntyre and the Cuer is Linda Roberts. The dance is at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of the intersection of Route 26 and Crum Road) in Walkersville MD.
2/15 cupid shuffle DANCE
Have you heard of the Ledo Shuffle or the Shuffle Off To Buffalo? Now you can do the cupid shuffle at the Cupid Shuffle Dance on Friday February 15th from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Wear Valentines Day themed attire and do your version of the shuffle to the calls of Club Caller Bruce Simpers. The Cuer is Linda Roberts. The dance is at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of the intersection of Route 26 and Crum Road) in Walkersville MD.
1/9/19 wednesday dance class PHOTO
It was Wear Your Stripes night at the 14th Wednesday Dance Class of the 2018-2019 Square Dance Lessons program. Five new calls were added to the growing list of learned Mainstream calls. They are: Tag The Line, Half Tag, Dixie Style To A Wave, Left Swing Thru, and Split Circulate. There are only 2 classes remaining in the Mainstream semester. The Plus semester begins on February 6th.
1/4/19 big band era dance photo
1/2/19 Wednesday DANCE Class videos
After a two week holiday break, the twelve students and their angels were back to work on Wednesday January 2nd at the 13th dance class. After an extensive review of previously learned calls, four new calls were taught. They were: Skip The Clutch, Make An Allemande Thar, Spin The Top, and Pass To The Center. With only 3 weeks left in Semester 1 of the 2018-2019 Dance Class, the "Light at the end of the Tunnel" is fast approaching. The next dance class is on January 9th.
11/16 thanksgiving parade DANCE
The Frederick County Promenaders had their own Thanksgiving Parade at the Thanksgiving Parade Dance on Friday 11/16. The bottom video shows the formal parade. Maybe on Thursday November 22nd they can parade down Fifth Avenue in NYC at the official Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
square dancing tidbits
9/26 FCP Demo at fahrney-Keedy home & Village!
On September 26th, the FCP road team performed a square dancing demonstration at the Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village near Boonsboro Maryland. Pictured above from left to right are FCP club members Dan Grimes, Marjorie Barber, Robert Abdinoor, Beverly Magyar, Carl O'Dell, Mary Ann Gearinger, Jan Dommerich, Alex Dommerich, Suzanne Law, and Alice Bryant.
FCP In the news at BAKER PARK!
The Frederick County Promenaders Square Dance Club danced before the Rock and Roll Relics concert at Baker Park on Aug. 26. They then invited audience members to learn a few basic calls. Art LaVigne was the caller. Participating dancers were front row, from left: Ruby Shane, Sherry Downs, Cathy Ligsay, Beverly Magyar, Margie Barber, Karen Lane, Bonnie Pollack, Andrea Smith, Pam Harris, Faye Trageser, Peg Nutter, Amy LaVigne, and Mary Ann Gearinger. Back row: Jan Dommerich, Jerry Pollack, Barb Dodge, Kevin Sullivan, Art LaVigne, Andrew Provo, Henry Lane, Dan Grimes, and Robert Abdinoor, who coordinated the dance performance, which was the Promenaders’ fifth appearance before a Sunday concert in five years. Call 240-356-1255 if you are interested in square dance lessons or if you have questions about the Promenaders.
The news article appeared in the September 26th edition of the Frederick News Post.
2018-2019 Club dues form
The 2018-2019 FCP PDF fillable dues form is now available. To download the form to your computer click on the following link.
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.
7/6 Summer sizzle dance
Things were not as casual as anticipated at the Summer Sizzle dance on Friday July 6th. The Four County Squares contingent had other ideas. They took strategic advantage of the "casualness" and managed to retrieve their banner previously stolen by the Promenaders on April 21st.. The devious retrieval was organized by Club President Don Pahl, pictured in the Black Hat.
6/15 TOM THUMB BANNER STEAL
Sometime during the Friday night June 15th Summer Sizzle dance, the FCP banner was stolen. It just so happens that members of the Tom Thumb Square Dance Club (pictured above) were present for the dance. Afterwards, an enraged Club President and Commander-In-Chief Henry Lane was quoted as saying "this unprovoked banner steal will not go unpunished". He is already making secret plans for the Frederick County Promenaders Super Secret Covert Operations Team (FCPSSCOT) to travel to the thieves with itchy Thumbs lair in Ellicott City with orders to retrieve the prized possession by any means necessary.
4/21 four county squares banner steal
After going on the lam and laying low for a while, the Frederick County Promenaders Super Secret Covert Operations Team (FCPSSCOT) reappeared and brazenly heisted the banner from the Four County Squares Dance Club on Saturday night April 21st. Pictured above are club members Andrew Provo (student), Jan and Alex Dommerich, Ellen and John Magnusen, Robert Abdinoor, Pamela Harris, Natalie Fogle, and Ruby Shane.Also in the picture is Four County Squares Club President Don Pahl (Black Hat). Not pictured above, but also included in the larceny were club members Brian Garlick (student), Linda Roberts (Club Cuer), and Dave Ludewig.
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