Website last updated on August 18th, 2019 at 10:00 am
upcoming and recent Square Dance news and events
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
The Kickoff Dance
Friday September 6th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
!!! 2019 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS SUMMER DANCE !!!
The next Wednesday Nights Summer Dance is on August 21st from 7:30pm - 9:30pm featuring the FCP Deputy Club Callers.
8/25 SQUARE DANCE DEMO AT SUNDAY NIGHT BAKER PARK CONCERT
9/6 The Kickoff Dance
The first Frederick County Promenaders square dance of the 2019-2020 dance schedule, appropriately named The Kickoff Dance, is on Friday September 6th from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Last years part-time club caller, Mike McIntyre, is now the full-time club caller for this season. So, without further ado, the FCP dance club welcomes back all current club members, new club members, and guest visitors to The Kickoff Dance. The dance venue is at the Mt Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of the intersection of MD 26 and Crum Road) Walkersville Maryland. "Be There and Be A Square".
2019-2020 SQUARE DANCE LESSONS CLASS
8/16 summer sizzle Dance
Seven squares of club members and visitors danced to the calls of Guest Caller Dan Koft at the finale of the 2019 Summer Sizzle dance program.
7/21 (sunday) Ice Cream Social Dance
The picture above shows the Promenaders and their guests who attended the Sensational Ice Cream Social dance on Sunday July 21st with Club Caller Mike McIntyre. All dancers in the photo ALSO attended the Stars & Stripes event over the weekend.
8/14 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS SUMMER DANCE
The Wednesday Night square dance featured all singing calls from the Maestro Deputy Club Caller Dan Grimes. Three squares of visitors and members enjoyed the crooning of Mr. Grimes.
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
square dancing tidbits
august 26th club fundraiser at ledo pizza
On Monday August 26th there will be another Promenader Square Dance fundraiser at Ledo Pizza in the Prospect Plaza. You can dine anytime between 5pm and 8pm. The Club will receive 20% from all food and drink consumed by each member and guests. So let us begin the new dance season with this fun and profitable event.
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.
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.
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