Website last updated on September 24th, 2018 at 10:45 am
Recent and Upcoming Square Dance news and events
!!! Here Ye, Hear Ye !!!
1. The 2018-2019 Club Dance Schedule is final. To view the schedule click on the SCHEDULE(S) link on the top of any web page.
2. The 2018-2019 Learn To Square Dance flyer is on the FLYERS page and on the HOME page. To view and print the flyer click on the FLYERS link at the top of any web page.
NOTE: There is a FREE first square dance lessons class on Wednesday September 26th.
9/21 fair & square dance!
Video from the 9/21 Fair & Square dance with Guest Caller Bruce Simpers.
9/26 WEDNESDAY free DANCE class!
The Frederick County Promenaders Square Dance Club welcomes all club members, guests, and visitors to the FREE FIRST square dance lessons class. The dance is on Wednesday September 26th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Ballenger Community Center located at 5460 Jefferson Pike (Route 180) in Feagaville MD. The caller for this event is Deputy Club Caller Dan Grimes.
10/5 fall back to the fabulous 50's!
Fall back to and reminisce about the Fabulous 50's when poodle skirts were in vogue and Elvis was the King. Mike McIntyre is the Guest Caller. The dance is on Saturday October 5th from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Hall located at 8101 Crum Road (just north of the Route 26), Walkersville, MD
2018-2019 square dance lessons class!
8/26 baker park demo
Three squares of dancers performed a demonstration prior to the Sunday night concert at Baker Park. The demonstration was to showcase square dancing and promote the upcoming 2018-2019 Frederick County Promenaders Square Dance Lessons Class starting on September 19th. Art LaVigne performed the calling duties. The top video shows the regular dancers performing. The bottom video shows the regular dancers with guest dancers from the audience performing.
8/22 wednesday summer DANCE
The final 2018 Wednesday Night Summer Dance featured Deputy Club Callers Dan Grimes and Robert Abdinoor along with Guest Caller Fred Hockenberry providing the calls to 3 squares of club members and guests. The top video shows Dan doing the calls to Rocky Top. The middle video shows Robert doing the calls to Listen To The Rhythm of the Rain. The bottom video shows Club Members Andrew Evans (in blue attire) and Natalie Fogle (in maroon top) dancing in what would be the last dance of the night before Andrew's surprise marriage proposal (inset picture) to Natalie to the raucous delight of all dance attendees. Congratulations to Andrew and Natalie.
8/17 Summer Sizzle dance
The last 2018 Summer Sizzle dance featured a celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Jan and Alex Dommerich (pictured on top). Happy Anniversary Jan & Alex! The entire dancing crew is pictured on the bottom. The next regular club dance is on Friday September 7th.
8/8 wednesday night summer dance
The next to last Wednesday Night Summer Dance once again featured favorite Guest Caller Art Lavigne. Twenty-two club members and guests danced to the calls of Art, who occasionally mixed in some lessons to boot. The last Wednesday dance is on August 22nd.
06/20 WVA I-81 WELCOME CENTER
On Wednesday morning June 20th, a 2 square contingent of club members from the Panhandlers, Gad-Abouts, and Frederick County Promenaders square dance clubs, convened at the West Virginia I-81 Welcome Center in Bunker Hill for a square dance demonstration to celebrate the 155th Anniversary of WVA statehood. The Promenaders performing at this event were Marjorie Barber, Dan Grimes, Peg Nutter, Bonnie Pollack, and Jerry Pollack. Many visiting motorists stopped by to be entertained by the dancers under the excellent calling by Deputy Club Callers Carl O'Dell and Dan Grimes.
square dancing tidbits
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.
5/14 Ledo fundraiser
Great food, great friends, and great camaraderie were on display at the FCP fundraiser event at Ledo Pizza Restaurant on Monday May 14th.
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