Website last updated on June 15th, 2019 at 8:35 am
upcoming and recent Square Dance news and events
!!! NEXT REGULAR CLUB SQUARE DANCE !!!
The regular dance schedule will resume this September. Stayed tuned to this page for the new schedule.
!!! 2019 ANNUAL PICNIC & MEETING !!!
Make plans to attend the FCP Annual Picnic & Meeting on Sunday June 23rd from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. For detailed information about this event, see the event item near the bottom of this page.
!!! 2019 SUMMER SIZZLE DANCE SCHEDULE !!!
The 2019 FCP Summer Sizzle Dance Schedule featuring the Bodacious Fruit Salad and the Sensational Ice Cream Social dances is now final. To view the schedule click on the following link: 2019 SUMMER SIZZLE
!!! 2019 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS SUMMER DANCE SCHEDULE !!!
The 2019 FCP Wednesday Nights Summer Dance Schedule featuring the FCP Deputy Callers is now final. To view the schedule click on the following link: 2019 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS SUMMER
6/11 frederick keys outing
On Tuesday June 11th, 16 members of the club attended the Frederick Keys game. It was a fun social time for all involved especially when Keyote, the Keys Mascot, stopped by for a visit. Many thanks to Pat Marks for organizing this outing. Perhaps we can make this an annual event.
6/8 four county banner steal
On Saturday June 8th, an FCP square dance contingent visited the Four County Squares Dance Club to retake their previously stolen club banner. Pictured above from left to right are Sherry Downs, Alice Bryant, Sarah Stamper, Denise McCarthy, Linda Everett, Don Pahl (Four County Squares), Andrea Smith, Robert Abdinoor, and Ray Everett.
6/7 SUMMER SIZZLE DANCE
The fruity festivities of the Bodacious Fruit Salad dance kicked off the 2019 Summer Sizzler dance program. Several of the soon-to-be graduating students attended the event. The next Summer Sizzler dance is on Friday June 21st with Guest Caller Virgil Forbes.
6/5 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
With 3 dance classes remaining and only 1 PLUS call left to learn, the class concentrated on a comprehensive review of all calls learned so far. The theme of the night was once again "Support Your Cause" with the students and angels wearing the appropriate garb.
5/29 WEDNESDAY DANCE CLASS
The theme for the Wednesday Dance Class was red white and blue for the recent Memorial Day. Despite some audio difficulties, one new PLUS call (All 8 Spin The Top) was taught. There are only 3 classes left in the dance class that began last September. To date, one student has a perfect attendance record, and if it continues for the remaining 3 classes, will be recognized and rewarded at the student graduation.
5/17 let's celebrate 31 years dance
The Black and Gold was prominent at the Celebrate 31 Years dance on Friday May 17th.
6/21 SUMMER SIZZLE DANCE
Continue your summer of square dancing at the Summer Sizzle dance on Friday June 21st from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The dress is casual and the fee for everyone is $8 per person. The Guest Caller is Virgil Forbes. 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.
6/23 annual picnic and meeting
7/3 WEDNESDAY nights summer dance
Now that the 2018-2019 dance lessons class is finished, continue PLUS dancing at the first 2019 Wednesday Nights Summer dance on July 3rd from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The dress is casual and the fee for everyone is $5 per person. The Caller is Dan Grimes. The dance is at the Ballenger Community Hall at 5460 Jefferson Pike (on Route 180 across the street from St. Luke's Lutheran Church) in Frederick (Feagersville) MD
square dancing tidbits
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 May 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.
!!! 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
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