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Harold Moore's Last Calling Session

Harold Moore's Last Calling Fri-Sat 23-24 August

Harold was a Charter Member of the Riverside Gypsy Squares when it first started in 1994, he's called for each of the Gypsy's 25 years since and he's the last Gyspy Caller to call just before the Gypsy's 25th Anniversary next month.

Harold has been a regular fixture in the Ottawa and Seaway Valley area since 1986 and his club, the Seaway Squares, saw almost 30 years of dancing. On August 23 and 24, Harold will be calling his last dance at the Riverside Gypsy Squares ... a good reason to come out and say a fond farewell as Harold hangs up his microphone and put his records away.

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Meanwhile, ... Down at the Market

60 Dancers prove a point

The point is, Yes, Dancing is FUN.

What a great time was had at the Byward Market on the August 11th promotional event to raise the visibility of square, round and line dancing in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario was a huge success ...so many dancers and lots of participation and interest from the public.

Read the full story.

Dance with us

Open House information -- September

Tired of the Same Old, Same Old? Need a Break? Something to do with a friend? Meet new friends?

Join Us. There are over 20 clubs offering Open House nights in September so that you can see what Square, Round and Line Dancing is all about.  You can dance all over Eastern Ontario and neighbouring areas ... from Kingston to Prescott, Carleton Place to Pembroke, Ottawa to Cornwall and many cities and towns between.

Click the Open House Info button below for a list of clubs who are welcoming new dancers.

Open House Info

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Swing into Spring 2019 -- "an event to be remembered"!

An event to be remembered!

Swing into Spring 2019 will definitely be "an event to be remembered"! When things can go wrong, they usually do in 3's, we've been told. Well, that held true for this year's event.

Two weeks before the start of the event, we got word that the school would NOT be able to provide our Saturday lunch as has been the practice in all past Swing into Springs.

Five hours before the start of the event, we get a phone call that our 2 contracted callers were being detained at the border and "it was not looking good" that they would make it to our event. They would let us know... We eventually did find out that they had been sent home .

Sunday morning, a group shows up at the school, sets up a "workshop" outside the gym door, and starts working at creating a stage set for the school drama club - on the stage, in the gym we were using!!! But WE had the stage booked for our use!

Read the whole story.    Lots of Pictures here.

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.

Seaway Valley website now part of eoDance

Seaway Valley website now part of eoDance

SVSRDA (Seaway Valley Square and Round Dance Association) has adopted eoDance.ca as their official website as a replacement for their previous site.

EOSARDA (Eastern Ontario Square and Round Dance Association) adopted eoDance.ca several years ago in a similar fashion when it was looking to replace its former website.

Now there's only one site needed with information on Clubs, Callers, Cuers and Events. This will make the information easier to find and keep updated. Information that is specific to EOSARDA or SVSRDA can be found under the “Associations” menu while the rest of the common information is linked under the main menus in eoDance as it always has been.

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.


Social Networking

Social Networking

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