Website last updated on March 25th 2023 at 9:00am by FCP Webmaster Donald Barber
The Frederick County Promenaders diverse events. Hover over a photo for event info. Click on a photo to enlarge it.
most recent club events
03/24/23 crazy hats dance
Four + squares including 12 guest visitors and all of their Crazy Hats enjoyed the calling of Guest Caller Terry Headlee. The Webmaster's winner of the craziest hat went to Margaret Tucker with a hat that had a huge spider sitting on top. She was rewarded with a gift certificate to Panera's.
dance class 03/22/23
Four club students and one visitor student learned two new PLUS calls. The calls are: Fan the Top and Explode the Wave. There are 7 classes left in the 2022-2023 Square Dance Program.
WASCA March 2023
A dozen or so Promenaders attended the 3 day WASCA "Cherry Blossom Festival" dance from 3/17 - 3/19 in Alexandria Virginia.
news & upcoming events
!!! NOTICE !!!
Effective starting in June, the COVID precautionary requirements will be lifted. Dancers can wear their masks is they so desire.
NEXT CLUB SQUARE DANCE EVENTs
Square Dance PLUS Lessons Class
Wednesday March 29th 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Ballenger Community Center
Spring Colors Dance
(Second Hand Rose Sale)
Sunday April 2nd 3:00pm - 5:15pm
Mt. Pleasant Ruritan Club
8101 Crum Rd, Walkersville, MD
sunday 4/2 Spring colors DANCE
square dancing tidbits
After each Sunday dance club members and guests are invited to the local IHOP for dinner or just a chat.
june 21-24 national square dance convention
For those persons who plan far ahead, the National Square Dance Convention (Party Gras) returns to the East Coast in Mobile Alabama on June 21-24. For more information about this gala event click on the following link: Convention
benefits of square dancing
Click on the following link to read about the many benefits derived from a regular square dancing routine. Benefits
Evolution of square dancing (1940-1960)
Click on the following link for a YouTube video on the evolution of square dancing and many other square dancing videos.
square dancing archives
Josh Ethan Johnson Describes the Wholesome Revelry of a Fading Tradition.
Long before the Milly Rock, the Dougie, Whip/Nae Nae, and countless Fornite crazes, there was the “Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave,” “Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears,” and “Anything and Spread.” Knowledge of these moves was obtained at IRL events called square dances, town affairs where American coeds of all ages danced to live fiddlers, and “callers” (A.K.A. the MCs of the fiesta) cued up the dance moves in rapid succession. The events provided the puritanical public the tantalizing opportunity to graze selected clothed body parts of the opposite sex.
Square dancing really took off in the 1920s when business magnate and notorious antisemite Henry Ford spent a small fortune to promote it in order to combat the now fevered jazz dance craze, which he saw as a Jewish-lead attempt to corrupt the morality of the American public. The dance then went as viral as things could pre-internet. Schools began to teach it in gym class. 28 states made it their official state dance.
A century later, if you’re on the right mailing list, or run in certain 80-year-old-plus circles, you can still attend one of these unironic folk traditions, like Knothead Jamboree in Montana, and see this all in practice.
For the past 64 consecutive Labor Day weekends, dancers from the four states surrounding Montana have made a pilgrimage to Yellowstone to do one thing: dosey doe. The Knothead Jamboree is where people reunite with old pals, show off their new matching duds, and hunker down for a weekend-long party filled with dancing and workshops.
There is no competition, and, amazingly, this celebration of the folk art still maintains the long-standing American square dance tradition of being completely dry and tobacco-free. Can you imagine? Not a drop of booze or whippet in sight.
To continue reading this article click on the following link: Archives
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
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.
ODE To square Dancing
The time is now and the square dancing is great
So grab your spouse or friend and even your date
Then head to the floor with your squaring mate
And 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 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
With the steps and calls so easy to discern
So promenade in style whenever your turn
Spread the word around 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