Hopefully we'll all be dancing like this soon -- minus the rope, of course! :-)
Lucy et al squaredancing in a jailhouse
Village Swingers Square Dance Club dances Mainstream level Modern Western Squares in Rockville Maryland on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of most months. The Club starts basic square dance lessons twice a year, beginning with an introductory Open House.
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
Hopefully we'll all be dancing like this soon -- minus the rope, of course! :-)
Lucy et al squaredancing in a jailhouse
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Thursday night square dance classes postponed. We'll let you know via Facebook and email when we are starting up again. Thanks much and looking forward to dancing again soon!
Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association
We regret to inform you that the 2020 WASCA Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Cancellations and requested rollovers were pouring in and we have no idea where we might have ended up, but more than half of the WASCA Board would have been unable to attend and assist because of underlying or potential health issues. The Alexandria Mark Hilton has graciously allowed us to cancel the Festival Contract under the “Acts of God” (force majeure) provisions of the Contract to ensure the health and safety of our dancing community. Expressions of gratitude to the Hotel are encouraged.
We know that you all are as disappointed as we are.
Please call the Alexandria Mark Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 to cancel your hotel reservation. You will need your hotel confirmation number which was sent to you previously by Stphanie and Joe Corson. You must personally contact the Alexandria Mark Hilton at 1-800-445-8667 to cancel your hotel reservation.
WASCA Festival Registration will roll over your registrations to the WASCA 2021 Festival. A 2021 WASCA Flyer will be sent soon to those who have previously registered.
Again, we apologize for this once in a lifetime event but we know you all understand the circumstances.
Nancy & Tom Stafford
FINAL THURSDAY for FREE OPEN HOUSE on Feb. 20 to experience modern western square dance for ages 9 to 99+. We do have a dance partner for you. Arrive before 7 p.m. at 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, to check out your interest (dance in the glass-domed Conservatory of the Rockville Nursing Center). Just show up or make a reservation (and questions) to Lezlie, 301-761-4108.
Look at our full house to try out square dance a week ago with 9 squares of 4 couples each. FINAL CHANCE for FREE OPEN HOUSE this THURSDAY NIGHT, Feb. 20 to discover the social experience of modern western square dance -- and the physical and mental exercise for ages 9 to 99+. Arrive before 7 p.m. at 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, to check out your interest (dance in the glass-domed Conservatory of the Rockville Nursing Center). Reservations / Questions: Telephone Lezlie, 301-761-4108.
Hoping to see all you Mainstream Dancers at our dance tonight! Chocolate is involved as well as some great calling by Kenny Ferris!
Try out square dance THIS THURSDAY NIGHT (Feb. 13) at a FREE introduction to modern western square dance in Rockville, Maryland. Arrive before 7 p.m. at 303 Adclare Road to learn basic steps and decide it's fun to take lessons. No special attire; two left feet okay. We pair experienced dancers with singles; or come as couples and families (age 9-99+). You won't know you like it if you do not try. (Second FREE chance on Feb. 20, too.)
We're looking forward to seeing you at our
Feb. 13 Free Square Dance Open House!
Dance with us from 7-9pm at the beautiful glass conservatory at Rockville Nursing Home.
303 Adclare Rd., Rockville MD 20850
Bring your two left feet and prepare to have fun. No partner necessary but you are welcome to bring your family and friends!
Questions? Call 301-761-4108 or email [email protected]
Students -- singles, couples, ages 9-99+ -- from across Montgomery County learn to square dance on Thursday nights in Rockville, Maryland with the Village Swingers. You can try, too. Come to our next FREE Open House on Feb. 13 or Feb. 20. Arrive before 7 p.m. Reserve your spot now! Experienced partners, too, mean EVERYONE DANCES.
Graduates into the Village Swingers Square Dance club of Rockville, MD on Jan. 23, 2020 make grand rights and lefts to congratulate each other after learning to square dance at the mainstream level over 16 Thursday nights. These graduates join instructor Dan Grimes for the next FREE INTRODUCTION to square dance at our Open Houses on Thursday, Feb. 13 and/or Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., for FREE to see how much you can enjoy learning to square dance. Reserve your spot; send us a message.
Soup night on Saturday at the Village Swingers square dance club. Six squares feasted on nine homemade soups, freshly baked bread and a variety of desserts, thanks to club members preparations prior to an all-singing night by club caller Kenny Farris. Next dance: Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. at 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, MD. Guests ($8 for 2 hours) always welcome in our squares.
Give us 3 minutes for 5 students to tell you how they learned to square dance. You can try out square dance, too, at our next FREE Open Houses for beginners on Thursday nights, Feb. 13 or Feb. 20. Play this brand new 3-minute video to listen to 5 students who are just graduating from the beginner square dance course of the Village Swingers in Rockville, Maryland, 1/3 mile off I-270 at Exit 6 East.
Three callers treated 6 squares to a post-New Year square dance, with dancers coming from as far as West Virginia and Pennsylvania to the Village Swingers in Rockville, Maryland on Saturday night (Jan. 4, 2020). Club caller Kenny Farris was joined by Jim Wass of the visiting Good Luck Squares for a closing duet and Robert Abdinoor called 2 solos.
Good Luck Squares of New Carrollton, Maryland retrieved their banner from the Village Swingers at Saturday night's dance (Jan. 5, 2018) in Rockville, Maryland.
Six chances for students to dance with the Village Swingers in January 2020, with 4 Thursday lessons that conclude with Graduation, plus 2 Saturday nights, this Jan. 4 and also Soup Night on Jan. 18. Guests are welcome on Saturday night for $8 per guest. Experienced mainstream dancers are always desired for Thursday lessons as angels.
Holiday Square Dance Concludes With Friendship Circle -- Village Swingers square dance in Rockville, Maryland the Saturday night before the holidays ended with the traditional candlelight friendship circle and New Year wishes by caller Kenny Farris.
The Village Swingers are dancing on Saturday, December 21st. We dance from 8:00 - 10:00 pm in Conservatory Hall at the Rockville Nursing Center, 303 Adclare Rd, Rockville, MD. Kenny Farris will be leading us in an evening of Mainstream dancing to all singing calls. The theme for this dance is "Dancing the Halls." Workshop at 7:30 p.m. Guests welcome for $8.00 per person for the evening. Here's the fun at our 2018 Holiday Party.
This would be SO fun!
Square dance class for owners and dogs. Obedience class for a limited space.
Check out this RadioLab! All about the history of square dancing. Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday at class or at our next dance!
Can you fit the identity of a whole nation into a dance? Of course not. But we tried anyway.
Potluck Picnic Sept. 14 2-5pm
We'd love to see you there!
Good company & good food -- what could be better?
Bohrer Park is at 506 S. Frederick Ave. (Rt. 355), Gaithersburg 20877. Look for our square dance signs pointing the way to our pavilion. Parking is free!
Bring your favorite dish to share -- there is electricity to keep food hot. Drinks are provided! Rain or shine!
Looking forward to seeing you!
Our last Summer Dance is this Thursday Aug. 29! Join us from 7-9pm for mainstream dancing in the glass conservatory at the Rockville Nursing Home. $5 per person! See you there!
Hope you find this as amusing as I did! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9SrXRNPRCA&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3jGE4WtaKmx-pNH9ZrSwmh6SkBbE9_wgjYXo2WCWadTbzMFmmtAvvLev0
fragmento del un capitulo donde bugs bunnye toca el violin y cvanta esta cancion tan genial jajaja esta en español pero aun asi es la ostia
Summer Dance July 11! Join us from 7-9pm for mainstream dancing in the glass conservatory at the Rockville Nursing Home. $5 per person! See you there!
To our new grads: if you're wondering what a square dance festival looks and sounds like, here's a video from the Nationals in Atlanta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds3OYnqCpo0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3lkaMKX9eLJabm9fYj3356eMlQxMbB2meqg_nsPsdalpMeheA4VoP8f_o
Ken Jordan with the Ghost Rider Band at the 2019 National Square Dance Convention in Atlanta Georgia
This is a brilliant idea when you're one person short of a square!
This happened last week at the Sage Stompers Square Dancers
Tractor Square Dancing! Lessons start next week!
Meanwhile Over Yonder
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.
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!
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
#hamehema #maartenweijers #ulischingen #squaredance #squaredancemusic #squaredanceparty
HaPe Martin OnneMartin Horst Melchinger Andrea Lang Uschi Hahn
Another great WASCA festival!
SPiN CHAiN SPooFs
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Check out the article on page 28 regarding the Village Swingers Square Dance Club!
Stephen Cole, Square Dance Caller
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Learning to dance changes people's lives and the goal should be to always make that change be for the better.
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