Website last updated on November 15th, 2018 at 11:00 AM
upcoming and recent Square Dance news and events
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
7:30pm Friday November 16th - Thanksgiving Parade Dance
*** 2018 ADOPT-A-FAMILY HOLIDAY GIFT CAMPAIGN ***
The Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Campaign got off to a roaring start at the FCP Wednesday night dance class on 11/14. Sixteen of the available twenty-five gift tabs were taken by the Angels and students. The poster board with the remaining nine gift tabs will be at the FCP regular club dance on Friday 11/16. Many thanks to the students and Angels who eagerly participated in this event.
An early heads up to the March 14-16, 2019 WASCA Square Dance Festival in Alexandria Virginia. For detailed information on this gala event go to the FLYERS Page by clicking on the following link: WASCA
To see a list of the entire 2018-2019 dance schedule click on the SCHEDULE link in the navigation section at the top of any page or click on the following link: SCHEDULE
Adopt-A-Family Holiday gift Poster Board!
The Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Poster Board is up and running. Look for this poster board at upcoming FCP square dance functions. Thank you in advance for participating in this worthwhile cause. See Marjorie Barber for more information about this event.
11/2 thankful for veterans dance!
Patriotism abounds at the Thankful For Veterans dance on Friday November 2nd.
11/14 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS videos!
Amazing, historical, and almost impossible were terms to be bandied about at the 7th dance class on Wednesday 11/7. Deputy Club Caller and Square Dance Instructor Dan Grimes was able to review ALL 59 calls taught to date AND introduce 4 NEW calls to the students. This amazing feat was done in 2 hours. The new calls were Ferris Wheel, Back Track, Star Promenade, and Box Stars. The above videos show students and angels dancing to the calls of Swanee River. The 8th square dance class is on Wednesday 11/14.
11/14 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS!
The Frederick County Promenaders Square Dance Club welcomes all students, Angels, guests, and visitors to the 8th square dance lessons class. The class is on Wednesday November 14th 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/Instructor Dan Grimes.
11/16 thanksgiving parade DANCE!
The Promenaders are hosting the Thanksgiving Parade dance on Friday November 16th from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The Club Caller for this event is Doren McBroom. The Cuer is Linda Roberts. The dance is located at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of MD 26) in Walkersville, MD. For more information call 240-356-1255.
12/7 holiday pot luck dinner DANCE!
Bring your favorite pot luck dinner item to share at the Promenaders Holiday Pot Luck Dinner dance on Friday 12/7 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The pot luck dinner will take place BEFORE (6:00pm) the regular club dance. The Club Caller for this event is Doren McBroom and the Cuer is Linda Roberts. The dance is located at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of MD 26) in Walkersville, MD. For more information call 240-356-1255.
12/21 christmas jingle bell rock DANCE!
Join the Promenaders as they celebrate the Yuletide season at the Christmas Jingle Bell Rock dance on Friday December 21st. The Caller for this event is Mike McIntyre and the Cuer is Linda Roberts. Stay after the dance for a Promenader caroling session. The dance is located at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road (just north of MD 26) in Walkersville, MD. For more information call 240-356-1255.
10/19 Tom thumbs road trip!
On Friday October 19th, twelve Promenaders, led by Club President Henry Lane, went "On The Road Again", eastbound on Route I-70, to the Tom Thumbs square dance in Ellicott City. It was the front end of a home and home trip. The Tom Thumbs will visit the Promenaders home turf in May 2019.
10/14 spooky disco ball dance!
It was Spooky Sunday in Walkersville on 10/14 as the Promenaders hosted the Spooky Disco Ball dance. Pictured above from left to right are Robert Abdinoor as the Mad Monk, Mary Tucker as a Roaring 20's Flapper Girl, Marjorie Barber as the Bumble Bee or a Retro Pittsburgh Steeler, and Club Caller Bruce Simpers as the Templar Knight.
9/21 fair & square dance!
Video from the 9/21 Fair & Square dance with Guest Caller Bruce Simpers.
10/5 fall back to the fabulous 50's!
On October 5th, the FCP Square Dance Club went back to the Fabulous 50's when poodle skirts were in vogue and Elvis was the King. Mike McIntyre was the Guest Caller. The bottom picture is the FCP Poodle Skirt Brigade in full regalia.
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.
square dancing tidbits
9/26 FCP Demo at fahrney-Keedy home &Village!
On September 26th, the FCP road team performed a square dancing demonstration at the Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village near Boonsboro Maryland. Pictured above from left to right are FCP club members Dan Grimes, Marjorie Barber, Robert Abdinoor, Beverly Magyar, Carl O'Dell, Mary Ann Gearinger, Jan Dommerich, Alex Dommerich, Suzanne Law, and Alice Bryant.
FCP In the news at BAKER PARK!
The Frederick County Promenaders Square Dance Club danced before the Rock and Roll Relics concert at Baker Park on Aug. 26. They then invited audience members to learn a few basic calls. Art LaVigne was the caller. Participating dancers were front row, from left: Ruby Shane, Sherry Downs, Cathy Ligsay, Beverly Magyar, Margie Barber, Karen Lane, Bonnie Pollack, Andrea Smith, Pam Harris, Faye Trageser, Peg Nutter, Amy LaVigne, and Mary Ann Gearinger. Back row: Jan Dommerich, Jerry Pollack, Barb Dodge, Kevin Sullivan, Art LaVigne, Andrew Provo, Henry Lane, Dan Grimes, and Robert Abdinoor, who coordinated the dance performance, which was the Promenaders’ fifth appearance before a Sunday concert in five years. Call 240-356-1255 if you are interested in square dance lessons or if you have questions about the Promenaders.
The news article appeared in the September 26th edition of the Frederick News Post.
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