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Square Dance Open Houses -- Jan 2017

Open House

The traditional starting time for new dancers is in September of each year.  However a few clubs are holding Open House nights in January, 2017.   Below is a list of those clubs that are actively looking for new dancers this January.

If you want to see the fun we have in square dancing, contact one of these clubs.  You can also check other square dance clubs in the area who might dance on different days and closer locations; contact them to see if they can accommodate new dancers. Look for clubs that dance the BASIC level.

Meri Squares dance on Tuesday nights at Westminister Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave, Ottawa.  Contact Harold Hedley & Wendy McCracken, 613-731-6538, harold_hedley@primus.ca.  Open House on Tues 17 Jan from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the club location and also Sun Jan 22, from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the Heron Community Centre.

Ottawa Date Squares dance on Wednesday nights in Room 201, Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa.   Contact James Williamson, 613-804-2446, OttawaDateSquares@gmail.com.  Open House on Wed Jan 4 & 11 from 6:30 to 9:00pm

Other clubs to be listed as they inform the webmaster

Square Time Online

Trial Run of Square Time Online

EOSARDA now has recent issues of Square Time on the website.

This is a bit of a trial run for when Square Time comes on-line officially in 2017.

The link to the Square Time page is in the "More..." menu item in the menu bar

... or you can do it this way.

Lessons (to be) Learned

New article by Jean Lander, Otonabee Squares

This well-written and well-researched article tells it like it is: Basic and Mainstream are the most important levels in Square Dancing. So read it and find out what kind of a dancer you are: Phase 1, Phase 2 or Phase 3?

Reflections on Dance Levels

While you're there, check out the rest of the articles and perhaps share something that you've read or written

Young Dancer Intitiative

Help us find a way to encourage youth to dance

Tell us your ideas on how to get young people involved in Square Dancing:
• How do we get them interested?
• Where do we find them?

Perhaps this will mean starting up a Youth Club in your area.  Please use your local contacts to see if there would be any interest.

EOSARDA has proposed a framework to encourage young dancers to get involved. 
- A PDF version of the recent Power Point presentation on the Young Dancer Initiative is linked here. 
- As well, we captured the President's Message from the December issue of Square Time for inclusion here.

For more information on EOSARDA's initiative to teach teens modern square dancing or to have a presentation to your club...

Dave Western
Phone: 613-838-5428
Email: dlwestern@yahoo.com


Get Out and Visit!

Let's start our new dancers on the road to visiting

Visiting other clubs is a fun way to enjoy dancing.  Many of our Basic-level clubs are encouraging such visits by making them Free to new first-year dancers ... and angels get in for 1/2 price.  More people equals more fun.  More dancing equals stronger dancers.  Encourage new dancers to get active by visiting other clubs.

Check out our visiting page for more information.

The Festival 2014 collection
... by Nancy

Square Dancing is Fun