Website last updated on July 16, 2018 at 10:30 am
Recent and Upcoming Square Dance news and events
The 55th Star Spangled Banner square dance festival starts on Thursday July 19th in Hunt Valley Maryland. For more information click on the following link: 55th Star Spangled Banner
The 2018 Wednesday Nights Summer Dance schedule is underway. The next Wednesday Night Summer Dance is July 25th with Deputy Club Callers. See the event item on this page for details.
The next to last 2018 Summer Sizzle Dance is on Friday, August 3rd. The Guest Caller is Dick Otis. See the event item on this page for details.
7/11 wednesday night summer dance
On Wednesday night July 11th, 32 club members and guests (yes that is 4 squares) were rocking and rolling to the calls and songs of Guest Caller Art LaVigne. During the session, Art spent some valuable instructional time on the Crossfire call. Two more videos can be seen in the Video Gallery. The next Wednesday Summer Nights dance is July 25th with the Deputy Club Callers.
7/6 Summer Sizzle Dance
The entire entourage from the July 6th Friday night Summer Sizzle dance with Guest Caller Doren McBroom.
06/20 WVA I-81 WELCOME CENTER
On Wednesday morning June 20th, a 2 square contingent of club members from the Panhandlers, Gad-Abouts, and Frederick County Promenaders square dance clubs, convened at the West Virginia I-81 Welcome Center in Bunker Hill for a square dance demonstration to celebrate the 155th Anniversary of WVA statehood. The Promenaders performing at this event were Marjorie Barber, Dan Grimes, Peg Nutter, Bonnie Pollack, and Jerry Pollack. Many visiting motorists stopped by to be entertained by the dancers under the excellent calling by Deputy Club Callers Carl O'Dell and Dan Grimes.
6/16 Somerford House Demo
On Saturday June 16th, the FCP road trip team visited the Somerford House in Frederick for a 1 hour square dance demonstration. The FCP team included Club Deputy Callers Carl O'Dell, Robert Abdinoor, and Suzanne Law. Other club members included Marjorie Barber, John Owen, Mary Ann Gearinger, Tim Beal, Caroline Beal, Cheryl Welke, and Ron Welke. Honorary Club Member and Webmaster Donald Barber provided the videography services.
6/2 Friendship Squares banner retrieval
On Saturday June 2nd, a felonious contingent of FCP club members visited the Friendship Squares club dance, with the ultimate nefarious goal of retrieving the FCP club banner previously stolen from them. As you can see, the mission was a success with club member Andrea Smith capturing the FCP banner from Friendship Squares club member Jim Newell. To date, FCP banner retrieval teams have a 100% success rate.
5/30 Country Meadows Demo
On Wednesday May 30th, FCP club members performed a square dancing demonstration at the Country Meadows of Frederick nursing home. Club members pictured standing from left to right are: Alex Dommerich, Jan Dommerich, Kevin Sullivan, Ruby Shane, Suzanne Law, Robert Abdinoor, Karen Lane, Club President Henry Lane, and Marjorie Barber.
square dancing tidbits
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