Website last updated on November 8th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. by FCP Webmaster Donald Barber
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!!! NEXT CLUB SQUARE DANCE EVENTS !!!
We Are Thankful
Friday November 15th
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Pot Luck Dinner Before Dance at 6:00pm
Mt. Pleasant Ruritan Club
"Be There And Be Square"
!!! DANCE LESSONS CLASS #9 !!!
Wednesday November 13th
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Ballenger Community Center
5460 Jefferson Pike, Frederick MD
!!! 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
11/6 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
Eight students and 21 Angels attended the 8th square dance lessons class on 11/6. Club Instructor Dan "The Maestro" Grimes introduced 6 new Mainstream calls to the students. They were: Cloverleaf, Fold, Allemende Thar Go Forward To Shoot The Star, Wrong Way Promenade and See-Saw Your Partner.
11/2 Village Swingers Banner Steal
FCP Club President Andrea The Hun and her Raiders, all 15 of them, ventured down I-270 on Saturday night with the devious mission to steal the sacred banner of the Village Swingers Square Dance Club of Rockville MD. Riding shotgun on the mission was Club Vice President Marjorie Barber. Pictured from left to right are: Marjorie Barber, Ed Trevor, Tim Beal, Catherine Beal, Robert Abdinoor, Ray Everett, Sarah Stamper, Derek Haber, Beverly Magyar, Andrea Smith, Alex Dommerich, Jan Dommerich, Suzanne Law, Linda Everett, and Alice Bryant. Watch out Andrea, your recent larcenous ways have put a steep bounty on your team of Raiders.
11/1 VETERANS SALUTE DANCE
FCP Club Members and guest visitors pay homage once again to the Veterans at the Veterans Salute Dance on 11/1/19.
11/15 We Are thankful dance
Come to the We Are Thankful Dance on Friday November 15th. Before the dance there will be a Pot Luck Dinner. 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 Doren McBroom. As always, "Be There and Be Square".
12/6 Saint Nick takes Route 66 DANCE
Get an early start in the Holiday Spirit at the St. Nick Takes Route 66 dance on Friday December 6th. The dance theme corresponds to the WASCA theme. 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".
NOTES: The Old Webmaster has heard scuttlebutt that the Bel Air Cats are planning to steal our precious FCP Club Banner on this date. Andrea, are we prepared for the raid?
Also, it is First Friday IHOP. See item in Square Dance Tidbits column at top right of this page.
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".
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