Village Swingers Square Dance Club

Village Swingers Square Dance Club The Village Swingers Square Dance Club dances Mainstream level Modern Western Squares in Rockville Maryland on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.
Modern Western Mainstream Square Dance Club in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE SWINGERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB In the late 1940's, Dorothy and Ed Eberly of 9504 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, interested their neighbors in learning to “Square Dance”. Dorothy had learned the basics of square dancing in connection with her work as a teacher in the District of Columbia school system. Mabel Smith, a neighbor, also contributed to the “Executive Direction" of the dancing by assisting in the interpretation of the directions accompanying the records used for dancing. The music was supplied by records with the calls included thereon. Our repertoire was limited to those movements with which Dorothy and Mabel were familiar or could manage to translate from the directions in the records. 'Records with such maneuvers as the "Ocean Wave" were beyond our comprehension.' The participants were primarily residents of the 9500 blocks of Colesville and Thornhill Roads, Silver Spring, supplemented by friends from other areas. The number of participants was usually enough for two squares. The dances were held at three week intervals, in the basements of the club members and refreshments were furnished by the hostess of the evening. In 1955, on their night to "host" the party, Hilda and Crandall Breaden, introduced the group to something new, a real live "Square Dance Caller”, Lou Hildebrand. Hilda and Crandall had heard Lou call at a church sponsored dance and had decided that a live caller was an improvement over the recorded calls with which we had been laboring. Lou's services were not immediately utilized on a regular basis. We eventually realized that a live caller would expand the number and variety of the dances we could do and expand our technical knowledge of square dance "movements”. In 1956, our thinking progressed to formally organizing a club, with Lou, as our caller, that would be recognized by other organized square dance groups. The club, as organized, consisted of about 12 couples, including a few recent graduates from one of Lou's "beginner classes”. It adopted the name “Village Swingers”, formulated By-Laws and elected its first officers. It started meeting in Lou’s basement, which it eventually outgrew, and moved its meeting place to available schools and county recreation centers. Gradually, the club members and, the caller recruited additional members until we were dancing regularly, perhaps four squares. However, in 1958, the club was more than doubled in size by the addition of a large group of graduates from Lou's beginner classes. At about the same time, other experienced dancers became interested in joining the club in such numbers that it became necessary to limit club membership because of meeting space limitations. Mabel Smith, Secretary-Treasurer for the two year period ending in June, 1961, is to be commended for establishing the first formal records of the administrative proceedings and financial activities of the club. Although Clif and Mabel moved to Florida in December, 1970, they continue their association with the club as Honorary Members. Lou Hildebrand retired from the calling profession at the close of the dancing season ending in June, 1963. The club began the next dancing season in September, 1963, with guest callers and then On November 2, 1963, Chuck Donahue took over as the club's regular caller. The club was fortunate in securing a caller of Chuck's abilities to take over from the ever popular Lou. After Chuck's departure in 1971, our callers were Jimmy Heatwole from 1971-1973; Charles Govsky' from 1973-1975; Bill Wright from 1975-1978; and our present caller - Kenny Farris, who took over in September, 1978 to date. We danced at Sligo Middle School until 2005, but due to increasing expenses for the rental of the school, we moved to the Kensington Fire Dept in the Fall of 2005. There was not enough space, therefore, we then moved to our current location, Rockville Nursing Home in 2006. We have been there since and hope to continue our relationship with the staff of the nursing home and the residents. This brings us up to date. So here we are, after an obscure start in a basement, one of the oldest clubs in the area, in our 59th year, with a successful past. We believe that with our outstanding Caller, Kenny Farris, our excellent square dance teacher, Eva Murray, and the talent in the Club, we are assured a continuing future of many more years of enjoyable dancing and pleasant social activities. Updated by Betty & Lou Mastrobattista July, 2014

05/30/2019
Andy Shore - dance caller

This is a brilliant idea when you're one person short of a square!

This happened last week at the Sage Stompers Square Dancers

05/22/2019
Leather And Lace

Tractor Square Dancing! Lessons start next week!

Meanwhile Over Yonder

05/20/2019
2019-05-16 Eva Murray - Patter

Eva calling at the Virginia Square Dance Festival this weekend!

Eva calling Patter at the 2015 Virginia State Festival, Founder's Inn, Virginia Beach, VA.

05/18/2019

Our annual potluck is tonight at 645pm and our dance starts at 8pm! We dance mainstream to the fabulous calling of Kenny Farris. Hope to see you there!

05/18/2019
SquareRadio.FM

Square Dancing in Germany!

Das HameHema feiert Premiere mit 155 Tänzern aus 48 Clubs.

Aus einer privaten Geburtstagsparty mit Square Dance im letzten Jahr, entstand die Idee, hieraus eine Tradition zu machen: Das HameHema war geboren, ebenso der Travelclub Loony Travellers als Veranstalter der Square Dance Party in Schweinfurt.
Bei sonnigen 23 Grad heizten die beiden Gastcaller Maarten Weijers und Uli Schingen ordentlich ein. Auch der Nostalgie-Workshop mit “Banned-Figures” aus den 60er und 70er Jahren von Tim Bressinck war zum Abkühlen wenig geeignet.
In einer emotionalen kurzen Rede bedankte sich Präsidentin Manuela Hermann bei “ihren” Loonies und den Callern für den Einsatz der letzten Monate. Die Loonies wiederrum dankten es ihr mit einem riesigen Blumenstrauss.

Getanzt wird heute noch bis 22:30 Uhr, morgen geht es direkt weiter mit einem Clubabend der Loonies von 11:00 bis 14:00 mit Clubcaller @AndiBachsleitner und Tim Bressinck.

Das HameHema 2020 findet im nächsten Jahr eine Woche früher statt, nämlich am 09./10. Mai und intergriert sich somit besser in das Special-Angebot im Umkreis.

Wer das HameHema dieses Jahr verpasst hat, hat somit im nächsten Jahr die Möglichkeit, die Stimmung in Schweinfurt zu erleben.

Im Video: Uli Schingen mit Summer of 69

*tb

#hamehema #maartenweijers #ulischingen #squaredance #squaredancemusic #squaredanceparty

HaPe Martin OnneMartin Horst Melchinger Andrea Lang Uschi Hahn

Another great WASCA festival!
03/20/2019

Another great WASCA festival!

03/11/2019
SPiN CHAiN SPooFs

SPiN CHAiN SPooFs

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS SQUARE DANCE CALL...
"SPRING FORWARD
& FALL BACK"
🤪

01/28/2019
Stephen Cole, Square Dance Caller

Stephen Cole, Square Dance Caller

Is bigger the same as better? Sometimes. The trick is that, organic growth takes time and requires strong roots.

Tall trees require a deep (and complex) root structure to survive and thrive.

Square dancing is a social activity. As much as anyone might think that their way is the best way, the truth is, we need everyone to play a part.

As you market yourself (or your club) it is important to stay connected to the hopes and desires of the square dance community at large.

Learning to dance changes people's lives and the goal should be to always make that change be for the better.

01/20/2019

We had a blast yesterday at our Saturday night dance with our wonderful guest caller, Bill Harrison. Sadly, we were too busy dancing to remember to take any photos.Hope to see you all on Feb. 2. It's our annual Soup-er Bowl, so we'll meet at 645pm for dinner and then dancing at 8pm. Be sure to join us for a souper evening!

12/16/2018
SquareRadio.FM

This looks like a great party!

Dillingen. Crossroad Cowboys luden zum X-Mas Dance

So traditionell der Weihnachtsbaum in vielen Wohnungen das Wohnzimmer schmückt, so traditionell schmücken Top-Caller die Bühne des Stadtsaals Dillingen und der angrenzenden Aula.
Zwar waren Stefan Sidholm und Nils Trottmann nicht so festlich dekoriert wie Weihnachtsbäume, aber Weihnachtsstimmung verbreiten gelang ihnen sicherlich mindestens genau so gut - wenn nicht besser.
Traditionell boten die Crossroad Cowboys e.V. ein tolles Tanzprogramm in zwei Hallen. Gastgeber Paddy Böhnke durfte am vergangenen Samstag unglaubliche 347 Gäste begrüssen - offensichtlich gehört für viele Tänzer eben nicht nur der Tannenbaum zur Weihnachtstradition.

Im Video: Nils und Stefan *Hark, now hear the angels sing*

*tb/mh

#harknowheartheangelsing #crossraodcowboys #xmas #xmasdance #christmasdance #squaredance #squareradio #squaredancemusic #stefansidholm #nilstrottmann

Surrey Square Wheelers
12/06/2018

Surrey Square Wheelers

You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to post this ... just didn’t feel right doing it before December!!

Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association
11/26/2018

Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association

Coming next Sunday! Toy 4 Tots Dance.

11/19/2018
SquareRadio.FM

Square Dancing in Germany!

Jester Dancers Bochum. Auf den Kopf genau begingen die Jester Dancers Bochum am vergangenen Samstag mit exakt 228 Gästen wie im letzten Jahr ihren Jester Dance 2018 .

Mit Spannung erwartete man Thorsten Hubmann, der aus stimmlichen Gründen derzeit leider nur wenige Special Dances callt. Doch seine Stimme hielt durch, ebenso auch die Stimme von Steffen Knott, dessen Einsatz kurz vor Beginn des Tanzes auf Grund einer anfliegenden Grippe ebenfalls nicht zu 100% sicher war. Gemeinsam mit Tim Bressinck sorgten die beiden jedoch wie auch bereits zwei Jahre zuvor für eine ausgelassene Stimmung in der Aula der Realschule Höntrop.
Bereits zum A1 füllte sich die Halle sehr schnell und spätestens zum Mainstream wurde es teilweise sehr kuschelig auf dem Dancefloor.
Zufrieden zeigten sich die Jester Dancer am Ende des Tanzes, auch obwohl - wie mittlerweile überall - viele Tänzer vor dem Abendprogramm die Veranstaltung verließen. "Es ist mir unverständlich, dass Tänzer sich das eigentliche Highlight am Abend, die eigentliche Party, entgehen lassen", erzählt uns Monica vom Square Dance Shop Cummins.
"Der Jester Dance gehört mittlerweile zu einem der großen Special Dances in NRW und das gibt uns die Gewissheit, vieles richtig zu machen", weiß Tina von den Jestern. Trotzdem wird es wohl im nächsten Jahr ein paar wenige kleine Veränderungen geben, denn "verbessern kann man immer", erzählt sie uns und flitzt auf die Bühne um sich bei den Gästen für eine tolle Party und sich bei ihrem Club für die herausragende Arbeit und Hilfe zu bedanken.
Die Pryflyer waren um 21 Uhr fast alle vergriffen, von daher wird auch nächstes Jahr wieder ein kuschelig warmer und stimmungsvoller Jester Dance erwartet. Für den 16.11.2019 konnte man Thorsten Ueckermann verpflichten. Thorsten war vor knapp 10 Jahren schon einmal Gast auf dem Jester Dance, daher freuen sich die Bochumer bereits jetzt auf die nächste Ausgabe ihres Tanzes.
Im Video: Thorsten Hubmann, Abendprogramm

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11/15/2018

Note to our students -- keep an eye out for an email announcement later this afternoon about our class tonight. We do NOT follow the Montgomery county school closings, but cancel lessond if the roads are not safe to drive. Thanks!

09/27/2018
Lee Kopman on Phil Donahue

Lee Kopman on the Phil Donahue show. It's interesting to watch!

Lee Kopman has created more calls used in contemporary square dance than any other individual, some 350 or more. In 1980, he appeared on the Phil Donahue Sho...

Hi Everyone, the free open house square dance is tomorrow night, 7-9 pm, Rockville, MD!  Everyone is welcome, no partner...
09/19/2018

Hi Everyone, the free open house square dance is tomorrow night, 7-9 pm, Rockville, MD! Everyone is welcome, no partner, dance experience or fancy dress required. Check out the September 20th event details and join us!

Remember the Village Swingers Square Dance Open House is Sept. 20th -- see you there!
09/06/2018

Remember the Village Swingers Square Dance Open House is Sept. 20th -- see you there!

Modern Square Dance is Legit!!

www.facebook.com/SquareDanceUSA

This will be a blast -- who wants to go?
08/31/2018

This will be a blast -- who wants to go?

Just Dancing
08/01/2018

Just Dancing

Learn to square dance and complete the lessons in just 6 weeks!  Join us on Sundays, from 12:30 to 4:30, beginning Septe...
06/08/2018

Learn to square dance and complete the lessons in just 6 weeks! Join us on Sundays, from 12:30 to 4:30, beginning September 27th, in Garret Park for an ACCELERATED set of Square Dance lessons. We also offer lessons on Thursday nights in Rockville if Sundays in Garret Park don't work for you.

These lessons will cover all of the modern western basic and mainstream square dance calls, just like our Thursday night lessons do, but, you will learn the material in 6 weeks instead of 16 weeks. This is a small group class that is strictly limited to 16 dancers (8 dancing lady and 8 dancing man). Advanced Registration AND payment is absolutely REQUIRED to save a spot in this class, along with a commitment to attend all 6 weeks and participate fully during the lessons. Square dancing is exercise, more than you might realize. We do take lots of breaks, however, you can expect to put 8,000 to 10,000 steps on your step tracker! The Dancers taking this class also have the option/opportunity to participate in the Thursday night lessons for no additional charge!

The flyer with details is here: http://www.rockvillesquaredance.com/squaredanceFastTrack2018.pdf.

If you are interested in this set of lessons, please call/email me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to register, pay and reserve your spot. These lessons are called/taught by Eva Murray.

You will be able to attend the Saturday night Village Swingers club dances, and any other mainstream square dance events, beginning in November!

06/07/2018
Stephen Cole, Square Dance Caller

This makes sense to me! Been dancing with my sweetheart since I met him on the dance floor in the early 1990's! It's time to dance!

One of the conversations I had at Circle 8 Ranch last weekend was about dancing and relationships.

It's been said that couples that dance together, stay together. Two couples I talked with expressed why this is true.

Imagine that you and your significant other are having an argument. However, it's dance time, so you both head out the door together. Even if you're seething during the whole trip, it is hard to stay angry while you're moving to music and having a good time.

There's evidence that physical activity helps learning. (This is why playgrounds are so important.)

Dancing forces you to live in the moment and this pushes all of the anger and hurt feelings into your subconscious brain for processing.

After the dance is over, you just feel better you're able to get a handle on the things that were so irritating.

Village Swingers Square Dance Club
05/22/2018
Village Swingers Square Dance Club

Village Swingers Square Dance Club

Mark your calendars now for the Village Swingers Square Dance Club FREE open house square dance on Thursday, September 20th & 27th, from 7pm to 9pm!

Everyone is welcome, really -- couples, singles, & families. No experience, partner or fancy dress required. It's fun, friendship, brain-training, and fitness all rolled up into one -- with music! This is a fabulous way to do something together with your spouse, significant other, children, friends -- and all of the new friends you'll meet.

I'm Eva, the instructor/caller for the group and I extend to you my personal invitation. Couples, Singles and Families are all welcome. Bring your two left feet and your friends too. We dare you to be square!

Location: Rockville Nursing Home Conservatory Hall, 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, Maryland, 20850.

If you decide you want to learn more, a progressive lesson series begins on 9/27/2018. The first 6 weeks of lessons cost 39.00 for adults, 19.50 for students, and children under 16 are free. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult and be at least 9 years of age.

Believe it or not, there are lots of places to square dance all around the region and world, and there are lots of new friends to meet and fun to be had. It is the best entertainment bang for your buck in town.

This is not like the square dancing you did in elementary school; it's oh so much better! You'll learn to allemande left, do sa do, make stars, do a right and left grand, and then some! Join us and check it out! You might be surprised by what today’s square dancing really is. We dance to lots of different kinds of fun music, tunes like: Moves like Jagger, Electric Daisy Violin, Home, Ring of Fire, The Gummy Bear Song and Billie Jean. The list goes on!

Registration opens at 6:40 pm, 20 minutes before the dancing begins. Please try to show up 15-20 minutes early to park, sign-in and say hello before the dancing begins at 7pm. The Rockville Nursing home parking lot will fill up. Additional parking is available in the church parking lot which is right next door. There's a very short path that takes you from the church parking lot down to the nursing home so it’s all very easy to find. Signs will be posted as well to help you find things.

You'll see the sign-in table for the dance immediately upon walking through the front doors of the Rockville Nursing Home. We dance in the beautiful conservatory hall which has lots of windows and a glass ceiling!

DIRECTIONS: From route 270, take route 28 East exit. Immediately turn right onto Adclare road. Follow the road for 3 blocks. The road ends at the Rockville Nursing Home parking lot.

Visit http://www.RockvilleSquareDance.com for a printable flyer, complete details, a registration page, lots of pictures and video too.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all. Feel free to call or email.

I and the Village Swingers Square Dance Club look forward to meeting you at the open house dance!

Mark your calendars now for the Village Swingers Square Dance Club FREE open house square dance on Thursday, September 2...
05/22/2018
Rockville Maryland Square Dance Open House Dances and Lessons

Mark your calendars now for the Village Swingers Square Dance Club FREE open house square dance on Thursday, September 20th & 27th, from 7pm to 9pm!

Everyone is welcome, really -- couples, singles, & families. No experience, partner or fancy dress required. It's fun, friendship, brain-training, and fitness all rolled up into one -- with music! This is a fabulous way to do something together with your spouse, significant other, children, friends -- and all of the new friends you'll meet.

I'm Eva, the instructor/caller for the group and I extend to you my personal invitation. Couples, Singles and Families are all welcome. Bring your two left feet and your friends too. We dare you to be square!

Location: Rockville Nursing Home Conservatory Hall, 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, Maryland, 20850.

If you decide you want to learn more, a progressive lesson series begins on 9/27/2018. The first 6 weeks of lessons cost 39.00 for adults, 19.50 for students, and children under 16 are free. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult and be at least 9 years of age.

Believe it or not, there are lots of places to square dance all around the region and world, and there are lots of new friends to meet and fun to be had. It is the best entertainment bang for your buck in town.

This is not like the square dancing you did in elementary school; it's oh so much better! You'll learn to allemande left, do sa do, make stars, do a right and left grand, and then some! Join us and check it out! You might be surprised by what today’s square dancing really is. We dance to lots of different kinds of fun music, tunes like: Moves like Jagger, Electric Daisy Violin, Home, Ring of Fire, The Gummy Bear Song and Billie Jean. The list goes on!

Registration opens at 6:40 pm, 20 minutes before the dancing begins. Please try to show up 15-20 minutes early to park, sign-in and say hello before the dancing begins at 7pm. The Rockville Nursing home parking lot will fill up. Additional parking is available in the church parking lot which is right next door. There's a very short path that takes you from the church parking lot down to the nursing home so it’s all very easy to find. Signs will be posted as well to help you find things.

You'll see the sign-in table for the dance immediately upon walking through the front doors of the Rockville Nursing Home. We dance in the beautiful conservatory hall which has lots of windows and a glass ceiling!

DIRECTIONS: From route 270, take route 28 East exit. Immediately turn right onto Adclare road. Follow the road for 3 blocks. The road ends at the Rockville Nursing Home parking lot.

Visit http://www.RockvilleSquareDance.com for a printable flyer, complete details, a registration page, lots of pictures and video too.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all. Feel free to call or email.

I and the Village Swingers Square Dance Club look forward to meeting you at the open house dance!

Rockville Maryland Square Dance Open House Party Dance and Lesson Schedule

When you are square dancing you can't think about anything except how much fun you are having. Puts a smile on everyone'...
05/02/2018

When you are square dancing you can't think about anything except how much fun you are having. Puts a smile on everyone's face and troubles vanish. Love it!!

Brilliant idea!

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Dancing Mindfulness
05/02/2018

Dancing Mindfulness

04/30/2018
Virginia Square Dancer

Virginia Square Dancer

Hey guys,
Just a few more days and the convention will be here. You still have until May 2 to get the special rate at the Crown Plaza. Hurry don't miss out on the fun. There is so much to enjoy that I hardly know where to start. Wednesday the 16th we start off with a mystery bus trip, then back to the hotel for a special buffet. Arrive early on Thursday and check out the neighborhood. Many fine places to eat and history that is on every corner. Ride the oldest carousel in the USA, see the Air and Space museum, visit Fort Monroe, look up and see the Blue Angels air show. All this and dancing too! And did I mention ice cream! Yum!
If you are not registered it's not too late. Just show up. Wayne and Jeanette Lockhart and Bill and Janice Turley and all the committee have worked hard to make this a great experience for you. We have traveled all over the state advertising the convention with booster dances. The last two boosters we had over twenty committee members present. It is not to early to sign up or book a booster for next year. Susan and Phil Daniels are heading up another great committee in 2019. Remember VASARDA dues are due now(only $5 a person). Stop by the membership table so you can make sure all your info is still correct. Don't want you to miss an issue of the Dancer News that Arbel Thompson puts together for us.
Happy Dancing
Marilyn Hill membership chair

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303 Adclare Rd
Rockville, MD
20850

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The group dances the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, September thru May. Square Dance lessons are held on Thursday nights year around.

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