Highlights Past Highlights
New February 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.
Frosty Fling with many Purple Hearts
Frosty Fling enjoyed by all
Frosty Fling 2020 was attended by 125 regular dancers and 24 New Basic dancers who joined us from 15 clubs including those as far away as Quinte, Kingston, Napanee and Pembroke. John Charman and Dave Hutchinson joined to provide a lively afternoon of Basic and Mainstream tips with some Easy Rounds in between.
A highlight of the dance was 8 of our Leaders joining to form squares which allowed dancers to earn their Purple Hearts including many of our newest Basic Dancers. Their hijinks during the tips made for a lot of good fun being had by all who participated. In all 45 Purple Hearts were earned.
Bob and Marguerite Summers received their well deserved Trillium Merit Award at the dance and the sad passing of Paul Adams was commemorated with a beautiful presentation of the events in his life that many had shared with him.
Free Info Session For Potential New Callers
Are you interested in finding out about calling
Are you curious about what it takes to be a caller? Do you want to know what it takes? No commitment.
John and Wendy are offering a half day information session on Saturday, Feb 29.
Here's more information.
Learn to Round Dance
A new opportunity to learn Round Dancing
Are you envious of all those square dancers who get up between tips and do Round Dancing? Here's a rare opportunity for you to learn to Round Dance yourself. View flyer here.
Halfway Dance cancelled
There will be no Halfway Dance in 2020
We at Mississippi Squares were disappointed to have to cancel the Halfway Dance #31 which was scheduled to be held Saturday night, January 11, 2020. It was the second time in the history of the Halfway Dance that it was cancelled, both times due to rain, sleet and ice. What a night. It was a hard decision to make but we feel that it was the right one.
The next decision facing the club was an equally hard one, do we try to find an alternate time to hold the dance later in the year. The executive of the Club met and after much thought and discussion it was concluded that there will not be a “replacement” dance. It is felt that it is better for the Club to move forward and concentrate time and energies on Halfway Dance 2021.
We are all disappointed at having to cancel the dance Saturday night but are looking forward to Dance 2021 and we hope you are too. We appreciate the support you have all given us over the years and look forward to the years to come.
For those who pre-paid for ribbons, please return your ribbons to the club where it was purchased for a refund. If you have questions about the refunds, please contact Sharen Goodman at 613-253-2960 or email: email@example.com.
Vince and Debbie Guthro
President Couple, Mississippi Squares
"The dance floor has gone dark"
We are devastated to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of beloved husband, father and caller extraordinaire, Paul Adams. Paul & Judy have dedicated their lives to the Square Dance Movement for 45 years and Paul's passing leaves a huge hole in the dance hall. Paul brought joy to so many lives on and off the dance floor. .
When writing his blog, Paul always signed off with "See you on the dance floor". Sadly, tonight, the dance floor has gone dark.
Meanwhile, ... Down at the Market
60 Dancers prove a point
The point is, Yes, Dancing is FUN.
A great time was had in the Byward Market at the August 11th promotional event to raise the visibility of square, round and line dancing in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. It was a huge success ...so many dancers and lots of participation and interest from the public.
Read the full story.
Is it Your Turn?
Successful Frosty Fling 2019
Frosty Fling Exceeds Expectations
Somehow "Scattered Flurries" became a heavy "dump" of snow on Saturday that had some organizers and dancers wondering if the dance should be cancelled. It was a very bad day for driving as evidenced by seeing some cars in the ditch on the way into Ottawa.
But after it was all over, and the dust (er, snow) settled we got this from the president: "Holy snappin'! We made more money on a "free" dance than we did on Harvest Hop !"
But it wasn't about the money ... it was about the ATTENDANCE! We were elated to see that 34 new dancers attended the dance — and this was in spite of the bad weather. By all accounts, the dance was totally enjoyed by all of them.
Although the new dancers got in for free, 80 dancers paid to attend. We had many Plus, Advance and even Challenge dancers show up to help at the tables, dance and be angels. Thank you so much for your support of our new dancers.
Despite the weather we had GREAT representation from out of town locations such as Pembroke, Cornwall, Prescott, Kemptville, Carleton Place and other remote areas. Pembroke, with perhaps the longest travel distance, showed up with 18 dancers and Cornwall, with 7.
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.
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.
Square Dancing is Fun