Florida Federation of Square Dancers
President's Message


April Showers and April Fools!   Well, I wasn’t fooled.  I was visiting a friend who had an “Alexa”.  I asked; “Alexa, what is the history of square dancing?”  She said according to the information I have found: Here is what I found “Dance as a form of exercise has a long history in China.  The Lushi Chunqiu, an encyclopedia compiled in the third century B.C.E., during the Spring and Autumn period, describes how, two millennia earlier in the time of Emperor Yao, people began to dance slowly in order to reinvigorate their muscles after lengthy rains had kept them indoors, sometimes leading to joint diseases.    A square dance is a dance for four couples (eight dancers in total) arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, facing the middle of the square. Square dances were first documented in 16th-century England but were also quite common in France and throughout Europe. This information is found in Wikipedia, is this the information you were looking for?  I was amazed!  So, I had to ask “Alexa, do you know any Square Dance Music?  She replied; ‘Square dance music’ is usually defined as music performed for square dancing.  So, me being intrigued I had to ask; “Alexa can you play some square dance music?”  She replied I cannot find any square dance music but I have Amazon Music Country.  Hmmmmm…that made the wheels in my brain to start turning!  See Square Dancing will continue into our future.  We just need to ask the right questions and we will continue to spread the fun throughout the future… Speaking of the future of square & rounding dancing.


Dancers, I hope you have purchased your 66th Florida State Convention Square & Round Dance Convention “2020 The Power to See the Future”, to be held February 21-22, 2020.  We are excited the 66th Convention is going to take the dancers into the “Future”!  And the FUTURE is our YOUTH!   So, the Convention is offering a special promotion to encourage our families to bring our dancing youth to the 2020 66th Florida State Convention….ANY YOUTH UNDER THE AGE OF 16 WILL GET IN FREE…Yes, FREE!  If the youth attends the convention with a parent, grandparent, etc., whom has purchased a ribbon to the 66th FSSRDC Convention.  The 66th Convention Chairmen are not setting a limit on the number of youths that can attend with their family.  Youth are the future of square and round dancing and our adult dancers will lead the way for them to join in the laughter, smiles and fun just dancing!   Same dancing steps, rhythms and beats but the “Girls” will show you that the future of our Square and Round Dancing is just as exciting with new challenges for those who look to grow or keep your beats for those of us who just love to dance… traditions will not change, just a more exciting atmosphere with old and new friends!  


Have you purchased your Raffle Ticket for the Ring Video Door Bell?  This is a must have!! A doorbell that offers you security and you can see who is ring the bell or if you are out shopping you can see what is happening in the front of your home on your cell phone.  This Raffle is worth the value of purchasing your tickets; 3 tickets $5.00 or 7 tickets for $10.00.  Check with your Association Presidents or Ways & Means Chairman in your area.   Purchase your Convention Polo Shirt (Ladies Purple & Men’s Navy) purchase 1 for $25.00.


Book your hotel room and mark your calendars for May 18 & 19, 2019 for the Federation Working Weekend meetings to be held at the Homewood Suites, 165 Bill France Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL.   Square Dance Rate is $99.00 + tax per night.  There will be a Benefit Dance on Saturday evening to raise funds for the 2021 67th Florida State Convention. 
Have a wonderful Easter Sunday and I look forward to seeing you SOON! 


Looking forward to seeing you SOON! 
Cheryl Miller, President

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