The International Square Dance Magazine
AMERICAN CALLERS' ASSOC. VIEWPOINTS

By
Patrick
Demerath

Spring and Summer Fun

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 the present. 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 from a dancer’s viewpoint and highlights what is FUN about square dancing. This month’s Viewpoints points out the benefits and blessings of square dancing. Square Dancing offers much to all readers to be used in your 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 dancers.

Square dance benefits include such things as physical and mental health. Does your doctor tell you to get more exercise? Try Square Dancing. Do you not have much to do on the weekends or week nights? Try Square Dancing. Have you lost touch with old friends or want to make new friends? Try Square Dancing. Are you young, old, married, single, or divorced and want new excitement? Try square dancing. Square Dancing hits the nail on the head relating to peoples’ social and friendship needs.

Modern square dancing is dancing to a specified set of directions that are called to music. Dances are held in fire house halls, schools, church or community centers where refreshments minus alcoholic are served. Square dance calls are in English and are standard throughout the world in Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as in all 50 states and Canada.

There are many active clubs throughout the country. Square dancers have found the secret of keeping mentally and physically healthy and alert while having fun. You can dance with different people throughout each evening of dancing and can dance several times a week. Square dancing is: “exercise to music” and is an integral part of a weight maintenance plan and can keep muscles and joints moving, which is a great way to dance away soreness. People can square dance regardless of their health. People with hip and knee replacements, with heart problems and those missing a limb can still square dance.

Square dancing increases mental alertness because dancers never know the order of the calls and must listen as the callers’ commands. Square dancing is eight people working together and having fun to keep the square going. Of utmost importance square dancing is a fun diversion from the stress of a job or family. Square dancing is for all ages.

Square dancers travel throughout the country and abroad, take square dance cruises, attend weekend camping dances, and entertain residents of assisted living and rest homes. Lastly, square dancing is very inexpensive with the average price of a dance around $5.00 including no cost refreshments. Square dancing is FUN. Go ahead and get square dancing for the musical FUN and friendships.

Any individual, club, caller, or association who wishes to communicate his/her opinions on this subject or any other subject is strongly encouraged to contact the American Callers’ Association at mac@americancallers.com or Dr. Patrick Demerath at pdemerath@hotmail.com.  Please visit our website and newsletters at www.AmericanCallers.com/news.

Until next time, Happy Dancing!

Fun set to music!