The International Square Dance Magazine


Patrick Demerath

Summer Fun with Square Dancing

The American Callers’ Association in its attempt to be of service to all callers, dancers, and associations has provided current, timely, and effective information on new dancer recruitment, winning ways to retain club dancers, and pitfalls that drive square dancers away from 2000 to 2016. ACA really appreciates the positive comments, encouragement to continue, and contributions from callers and dancers all over North America and abroad to continue these initiatives. ACA will continue to provide information that will help the square dance community recruit, retain and retrieve square dancers as well as encourage the dancers to speak out on the cumbersome dance programs.

This month’s ACA Viewpoint is about having fun and getting exercise with square dancing and inviting friends to visit the club dance. This summer, square dancers can help in square dance recruiting of new dancers, retaining present dancers and retrieving former dancer to square dancing. ACA advocates that square dancing has the potential to be of interest to all.

Let’s tell and invite our friends, new friends, church member friends about the health and fun benefits including such things as physical and mental health benefits. Tell people you know that if they need additional exercise, square dancing is the answer. Tell people that if they do not have weekends or week nights, try visiting a Square Dance. Ask them if they lost touch with old friends or want to make new friends, come Square Dancing. If they are young, old, married, single, or divorced and want new excitement, come Square Dance. Square Dancing relates to peoples’ health and social needs.

Today’s modern square dancing is dancing to a specified set of directions that are called to modern music. Dances are usually held in fire house halls, schools, churches or community centers where refreshments (minus alcohol) are served. Square dance calls are standard world wide.

Use the social and health attractions of square dancing that people have found to be the secret of keeping mentally and physically healthy and alert while having fun. Square dancing allows us to dance with different people throughout each evening of dancing. Tell people that square dancing is: “exercise to music” and can keep muscles and joints moving, which is a great way to dance away the pounds and soreness. People can square dance regardless of their health.

Square dancing increases mental alertness because dancers never know the order of the calls and must listen as the caller sings his commands. Square dancing is a case of eight people working together and having a fun diversion from the stress of a job or family. Square dancing is for all ages. Lastly, square dancing is very inexpensive and often includes no cost refreshments.

This summer concentrate on communicating that “square dancing is fun. Go square dancing for the music exercise, friendship economy and travel, but most of all for the fun of it!” Invite people to come and visit and have the caller entertain them and the club members welcome them.

Any individual, club, caller, or association who wishes to communicate his/her opinions on this subject is encouraged to contact the American Callers’ Association at  or Dr. Patrick Demerath at  If any person has any ideas of successful recruiting for square dancing, please contact the American Callers Association and we will publish it for you.

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Until next time, Happy Dancing!

Fun set to music!