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Square Dancing in Schools

Square Dancing in Schools

For a long time now, callers have been involved with local schools and showing students how much fun square dancing is -- of course, edging out English, History and Geography might not be that hard a sell and spending time in the gym easily beats out sitting in a class behind a desk most times.

Check out the schools and programs that we know about.  Some have been doing it for 30 or more years and are still going strong.




New issue of Square Time

Latest Issue of Square Time is available

The latest (February) issue of Square Time is out. Pick up your copy at your club or view it online.

Keep Flyer Sizes Small

Be aware of the size of your flyer

Here is some information for anyone creating a PDF or JPG file or flyer that is going to be posted on any website. When it comes to EOSARDA, this will typically be a flyer for an event for your club that you may wish to have posted on the web calendar on the eoDance website or that you want sent out as an EOSARDA Bulletin.

The sizes of some files submitted are very much larger than they neeed to be. This
- takes up space on our servers,
- makes the flyer slow to open, and
- will use/cost more bandwidth for those using a mobile device.

You need to be aware of the size of the files that you are asking people to post. There are many Free On-Line tools available that will easily compress and reduce the size of your file before you submit it and make it 3 to 5 times smaller.

Check out the eoDance Submit an Event page for more information on identifying the size of your file and for some links to a few on-line sites that can reduce your file size easily.

A $2.00 ticket for Fall Fest?

Improving Fall Fest while reducing cost

Imagine attending next year's Fall Fest dance with top notch callers and cuers ... and paying less than $2.00 per ticket.

At the moment, it's just one option for funding Fall Fest that was presented at the November Council of Dancers. Club executives need to be considering such ideas to come up with a new funding formula for Fall Fest.

In a nutshell, one proposal is to charge clubs a small amount per dancer at registration time. For this season, that would have put the per-dancer levy for this year’s Fall Fest at $1.48 per dancer. For a club of 10 dancers the levy would have been $14.80 -- less than the cost of 2 ribbons. Clubs could give away the tickets free to their dancers, sell them at cost, or reap a small surplus by selling the tickets for a nominal $7.00 each. Something to consider.

Read more about this possible scenario here and discuss it with your club.

Fall Fest 2017

Fall Fest 2017

EOSARDA’s Fall Fest Dance took place October 22, 2017 at St. Matthew High School in Orleans. A fun time was had by approximately 100 dancers, although sadly down a bit from 140 the previous year.

16 clubs out of 30 were represented and 3 newly graduated Basic dancers from last year attended with their free coupon. Mississippi Squares had the biggest turnout, followed by the Meri Squares and Village Squares.

All had a wonderful time square dancing to the calling of Brian Crawford and Dave Hutchinson and doing rounds cued by Jean and Don Clingin.

The 20 pies fruit tray consumed were enjoyed along with tea and coffee served in a separate room allowing for folks to sit down and enjoy socializing with fellow dancers. There was a fruit tray also for those unable to consume pie.

Trivia: The same number of pies were consumed this Fall Fest as were last Fall Fest.

Bob Cathcart

Bob Cathcart

Bob Cathcart, long time caller of the Capital Steppers, passed away Wednesday from cancer. Bob was a master choreographer who entertained his dancers with smooth dancing.

If you were lucky enough to ever dance in one of the clubs he called for, you would see that Bob made a point of meeting and greeting every dancer during the evening.

Bob retired from calling in 2012 and caller Paul Adams wrote a wonderful tribute to Bob on the occasion of our Ottawa Area Callers Association retirement dinner & presentation for Bob. Here’s a link to that article

It was Bob's wishes not to have a service. Condolences may be sent to:

Gayle Alberelli
1509 Claymore Ave
Ottawa, ON, K2C 1T2

Swinging Swallows Celebrates 30 Years

Swinging Swallows Celebrates 30 Years

The Swinging Swallows in Pembroke are celebrating their 30th Anniversary.  Former EOSARDA callers Mel Wilkerson and Andy Himburg-Larsen have called at the club for many years.  The 30th celebration takes place on September 30, 2:30 - 7:30 with a pot-luck supper mid-way through the event. It's open to all.  Dancing will be Basics/MS/Plus with Francois Desmarais, their Club Caller keeping them busy. Please let Gloria Bateman (bateman.gloria@gmail.com) know if you will be attending.

Social Networking

Social Networking

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