Website last updated on May 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Recent and Upcoming Square Dance news and events
promenaders seeking new caller
Due to Dean Singleton's upcoming move, the Frederick County Promenaders have begun the search for a new club caller. We will be scheduling potential new callers for our regularly scheduled dances. Callers wishing to be considered, or club members wishing to recommend a caller should contact Henry Lane at 703-966-6349 or email FCPromenaders@gmail.com.
We will all miss Dean, and wish him all the best.
5/9 SUMMER WEDNESDAY NIGHTS!
The 1st of 8 Summer Wednesday Nights dance sessions kicked off on 5/9. This dance was Club Caller Dean "Go West Young Man" Singletons last appearance on Wednesday nights. His last appearance as Club Caller will be on Friday May 18th. The Wednesday nights dance program enables all dancers including recent graduates to keep in tune during the summer.
Other videos can be seen in the VIDEO GALLERY.
2017-2018 Dance class graduates!
Having survived the arduous and intimidating "Rubber Band Square" final exam, the students received their graduation certificates. Pictured from left to right are Andrew Evans, Andrew Provo, Class Coordinator Andrea Smith, Brian Garlick, Barbara Dodge, Club Caller and Dance Instructor Dean Singleton, Regine Schwab, Craig Hougum, Trina Wagner, Chuck Wagner, and Class Coordinator Marjorie Barber. Not pictured is the picture taker and Class Registrar Donald 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.
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
Spring 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