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Our Side of the Mic..(06/01/18)

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Our Side of the Mic
by Bob Riggs as published in the DAS&RDC Summer Bulletin

     It’s summer in Colorado and our favorite activity square dancing is being enjoyed by many new dancers. Enjoy the summer with your friends.
     Recruiting … As you and your club embark on recruiting efforts for the square dance activity remember the joy you experienced when you first encountered square dancing. Let that feeling drive you to encourage others to join you and your friends. Also, remember that if square dancing is to survive we must recruit those younger than ourselves. Recently, The CALLERLAB Marketing Committee published a Marketing Manual. This Square Dance Marketing Manual is available by contacting the CALLERLAB Home Office,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further, CALLERLAB has created a knowledge base containing information of interest to both dancers and callers. You can access this knowledge base on the internet via the link: The CALLERLAB Marketing Committee, with chairman Mike Hogan, created this manual for both CALLERLAB members and the dancing public. Please use this valuable resource in your efforts to promote square dancing.
     Summer square dance attire … typically many clubs, during the summer, list their attire as casual. This sometimes means that the men are wearing short sleeve shirts and/or shorts. I have been an advocate of defining square dance attire year around as:
     We should always dress modestly, the clothing should be neat, and both our bodies and our clothes should be clean, i.e. “modest, neat, and clean”. In addition, we should always think of ourselves as going out for the evening and dressing as someone to be respected. Some might say dress in your Sunday best.
     For those who wear short sleeve shirts, if you are a person that sweats heavily (men and women), please consider how others feel when they execute calls like arm turns or scoot back that involve forearm hand holds. Typically, during the summer our execution of the basics becomes increasingly sloppy as we take hands instead of forearms. Please be courteous to your fellow dancers.
     Remember our summer activities include club dances and a variety of special events: the 63rd Colorado State Square Dance Festival in Denver, CO with a terrific program of dancing and entertainment. Next, travel with many of your friends to Kansas City, Missouri for the 67th National Square Dance Convention. Later, the 33rd Hi Country Weekend Square Dance will be held August 3-5th, at the Trinidad Community Center,
1309 Beshoar Ave, Trinidad, CO 81082 and this year many of us are traveling to Reno, NV for USA West Convention, August 16-18th. Throughout the summer don’t forget the wonderful callers that will be visiting Lyons, CO for the 60th Red Rock Ramblers Summer Square Dances at the Lyons Elementary School Gym, 338 High Street, Lyons, CO.


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