Turning 50 is a Milestone!
The Whirl and Twirl Square dance club is in its
golden jubilee year, and will celebrate this coming June, with two days
of celebrations! The first evening will be a member party, on Friday June 1st,
in which current members will join together in a tribute to a half-century of
fellowship through our square dance club. At that time, members will be able to
witness the effort that has gone into documenting and presenting the history of
the club and learning a little about the many characters that have contributed
so much over the years.
The second will be an open dance celebration, on Saturday evening June 2nd.
On this occasion, all square dancers are invited to share our joy. It will be a
Mainstream/Plus dance, hosted by national caller Jet Roberts. Jimmy and
Carol Griffin from Tampa, will cue rounds. And we will come to Party!
The little square dance club burst onto the Orlando scene with callers Joe
Curtis and Joe Johnson, back in 1962, and grew into one of the largest and most
well known over the next 40 or so years with caller Danny Robinson. It has
continued to provide an inviting and friendly environment in which to share good
friends, good music, and our love for square dancing. In 1994, with the
foresight of many very talented and enthusiastic members, we took ownership of
our very own square dance facility, and subsequently paid off the mortgage in
2006. With the continued support of our members and friends, we plan to continue
in that tradition for many years to come.
Highly skilled callers and cuers, including our own Danny Robinson, Paul
Place, Whit Brown, Dick and Darlene Nordine, Roy Brown, and Pete and Jan Shankle,
as well as many visiting national callers and cuers, have graced Whirl and
Twirl's stage over the years. Additionally, the club has hosted some great local
and homemade productions, that have added to the fun and fellowship we share
(and helped to pay the bills).
Annual member events and our continuing commitment to the success of square
dancing clubs and organizations in the state of Florida, have also reinforced
the camaraderie we share with square dancers everywhere.There's an intimacy that
happens around the activities of square dancing, that often doesn't exist in
other walks of life. This is especially true among the members of Whirl and
Credit for repeatedly filling the house belongs not just to the callers and
cuers, but also to the service of our generous members, who have contributed in
varied ways to the success of Whirl and Twirl. It is a member run club, and
especially during this anniversary year, we express great pride in each of them
as members, and celebrate their involvement in the success of the club.
You are invited to take some time to peruse this site, the associated links
to the year book restoration project pictures, and excerpts from our last 50
years. History is a strong current that threads through the fibers of Whirl and
Twirl, as it has a full, colorful life of its own. From the beginning, when the
club migrated it's way through a number of local facilities to conduct our
dances, and throughout the years, the club has remained intimately entwined with
life in Orlando.
And while we're celebrating the past, we're also looking forward. A big part
of our attitude towards this celebratory year, includes an ongoing interest in
new people to discover us. We also hope that it's a chance for our friends and
neighbors to rediscover square dancing, and to come home to Whirl and Twirl for
our 50th celebration.
Whirl and Twirl Square dance club knows how to make 50 look fabulous. For
upcoming events and further information, stay right here on
www.whirlandtwirl.org, or contact the club's officers and committee members. We
are at 6949 Venture Circle in Orlando, FL 32807, and you can phone us at