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.
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.