Website last updated on March 23rd, 2019 at 9:30 am
upcoming and recent Square Dance news and events
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
7:30pm Friday April 5th - Stop & Smell the Roses Dance
Caller: Mike McIntyre Cuer: Linda Roberts
STUDENTS ARE INVITED
!!! 2019 FCP SUMMER SIZZLE DANCE SCHEDULE !!!
The 2019 FCP Summer Sizzle Dance Schedule featuring the Bodacious Fruit Salad dance and the Sensational Ice Cream Social is now final. To see the schedule continue on down to the bottom of this page OR click on the following link: 2019 SUMMER SIZZLE
!!! DOUBLE DOSE OF HUNTER KELLER !!!
On Saturday night April 27th and Sunday afternoon April 28th get a double dose of Hunter Keller at the Gad-Abouts regular club dance in Hagerstown MD and the SVSRDA Presidents Ball Dinner Dance Gala hosted by the Gad-Abouts in Waynsboro PA. For more information click on the following link: GadAbouts
!!! 68th NATIONAL SQUARE DANCE CONVENTION !!!
See the item on the right side of this page for information on and a link to this National Square Dancing Event coming to the East Coast in June.
!!! 56th STAR SPANGLED BANNER FESTIVAL !!!
See the item on the right for information on and a link to this MDSDF sponsored square dancing event.
3/22 MARCH TO THE DANCE HALL
Seven squares of marchers attended the belated St. Patrick's Day themed March To The Dance Hall Dance on Friday March 22nd. Included in the mix was a contingent of Felonious Four County Squares with the devious purpose of stealing our beloved banner. Pictured on the top left is the dancers in their themed green. Pictured on the top right is the aforementioned nefarious looters taking the banner from a bewildered Club President Henry Lane. I am pretty sure that a recapture the banner raid is in the astute planning phase of General Henry.
On March 15th Promenaders Jan & Alex Dommerich were recognized for their volunteer work for the WASCA festival. The picture above shows members of the club with Jan & Alex displaying their Dancer Appreciation Certificate.
3/20 wednesday dancE class
The theme for the dance class was The 60's, so some of the students and angels were dressed accordingly. The pre-class work shop concentrated on reviewing the previously taught 9 PLUS calls. The regular 2 hour session continued to reinforce Mainstream calls and introduced 2 new PLUS calls. They were Anything and Roll and Spin Chain The Gears.
4/5 stop & sell the Roses DANCE
Bring Second Hand square dance attire to sell or donate to the Stop & Sell the Roses dance on Friday April 5th from 7:30pm to 10:00pm STUDENTS ARE INVITED. The 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.
4/14 (sundaY) bunny Hop DANCE
Hippity-Hop on down to the Bunny Hop dance on SUNDAY April 14th from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. Please bring a non-perishable food item donation to fill Easter Baskets for the Food Bank. STUDENTS ARE INVITED. The Caller is Bruce Simpers 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.
Click on the following link to see bunnies hopping: BunnyHopping
5/3 may DANCE
Plain and simple. It is May and there is a dance named the May Dance on Friday May 3rd from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. STUDENTS ARE INVITED. The Caller is Doren McBroom 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.
Since there is no specific theme for this dance, to see a list of significant historical events that occurred in May, click on the following link: MAY
5/17 Let's celebrate 31 years of DANCing Dance
Celebrate 31 years of Promenader square dancing on Friday May 17th from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The Caller is Bruce Simpers 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.
P.S. The Tom Thumbs Square Dance Club will visit us.
square dancing tidbits
!!! THE NATIONAL SQUARE DANCE CONVENTION COMES TO THE EAST COAST !!!
Join the hosting Peach Pits Square Dance Club in Atlanta (Marietta) Georgia for the 68th National Square Dance Convention on June 26-29, 2019.
As of February 14th there are 3339 registered square dancers including 68 from the State of Maryland. There are 4 Promenaders registered to attend. For more information click on the following link: 68thNSDC
!!! 56th star spangled banner festival !!!
Make plans to attend the MDSDF sponsored 56th Star Spangled Banner Festival weekend on July 18-20, 2019 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. For more information on this event click on the following link:
56th Star Spangled Banner
(1940) - Down Memory Lane
These newspaper clippings document the Denver University Pioneer Promenaders Square Dance Club as they travel to Washington, DC, for the 1940 National Folk Festival and a separate trip to the Western Slope of Colorado. Inspired by Lloyd Shaw's Cheyenne Mountain Dancers, Colorado colleges and universities saw the formation of square dance groups on many campuses.
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.
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