Website last updated on December 7th, 2019 at 11:15 a.m. by FCP Webmaster Donald Barber
upcoming and recent Square Dance news and events
!!! NEXT CLUB SQUARE DANCE EVENTS !!!
Silver Bells Ring Dance
(Caroling After The Dance)
Friday December 20th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Mt. Pleasant Ruritan Club
"Be There And Be Square"
!!! DANCE LESSONS CLASS #12 !!!
Wednesday December 11th
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Ballenger Community Center
5460 Jefferson Pike, Frederick MD
!!! Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Program !!!
For the third consecutive year the FCP Square Dance Club is participating in the feel-good Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Program coordinated through the Hillcrest Elementary School family liaison. This year we are providing gifts for 2 needy families. Please see the gift poster (on right side of this page) at an FCP square dance or dance class event or contact Marjorie Barber for more information.
!!! SAVE THE DATES !!!
March 19-21, 2020
WASCA 61st Spring Festival
"Get Your Kicks On Route 66"
For More Information Click On Link Below
WASCA Spring Festival
12/6 St. nick Takes Route 66 dance
Under the guise of the WASCA themed St. Nick Takes Route 66 dance, the Panhandlers and BelAir Square Cats square dance clubs retrieved their previously stolen club banners. They were last seen fleeing down Route 70 East and West.
12/4 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Twenty-Five Angels and 8 students showed no effects from missing 1 week of class on 11/27. In addition to reviewing all calls learned to date, Club Instructor Dan Grimes "The Maestro" taught 5 new Mainstream calls to the students. There are only 6 classes left in the Mainstream portion of the dance class.
11/20 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Eight students joined 16 Angels at the 10th square dance class on November 20th. That leaves just 7 square dance classes to complete the Mainstream session of the 2019-2020 FCP Square Dance Lessons Class. Three new calls were taught by "The Maestro" Dan Grimes. They are:Scootback, Turn Thru, and Slide Thru.
12/20 silver bells DANCE
Celebrate the Yuletide Season with Silver Bells ringing and Caroling at the Silver Bells Dance on Friday December 20th. The dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the Mt Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of the intersection of MD 26 and Crum Road) Walkersville Maryland. As always, "Be There and Be Square".
1/3/20 Roaring 20's Era DANCE
Ring in the New Year 2020 and celebrate the roaring 20's era at the Roaring 20's Era Dance on Friday night January 3rd. The dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the Mt Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of the intersection of MD 26 and Crum Road) Walkersville Maryland. Gee, I wonder what outfit Club Member Dan Grimes will wear at this event?
As always, "Be There and Be Square"
1/17 The clash DANCE
It is time to go through your wardrobe and pick out an outfit that is mismatched and clashes. This outfit should be worn at the Clash Dance on Friday night January 20th. The dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the Mt Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of the intersection of MD 26 and Crum Road) Walkersville Maryland. The Guest Caller is Drew Scearce.
As always, "Be There and Be a Mismatched Square"
2/7 some enchanted evening DANCE
There will be Love and Magic in the air the week before Valentines Day at the Some Enchanted Evening Dance on Friday February 7th. The dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the Mt Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of the intersection of MD 26 and Crum Road) Walkersville Maryland.
As always, "Be There and Be a Square"
square dancing tidbits
First friday IHOP
During the FCP 2019-2020 dance schedule, on the FIRST Friday of EVERY month, club members and guest visitors are invited AFTER the dance to the IHOP at 2421 Osprey Way South, Frederick MD. For more info, see club member Sarah Stamper.
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 June 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.
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
Winter 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