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December, 2009

Square dancing fun, healthy, social
"you don’t need to learn a whole lot of moves before you can start dancing," Luis Gruntmeir added. "You can teach them eight calls and keep them busy for an hour."

Published in:
Edmond Sun
Edmond, Oklahoma
December 31st, 2009

Saturday’s Open House means to do exactly that while recruiting new square dancers for their spring lesson series. The free event begins at 8 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, and while participants can simply watch, the Gruntmeirs want everyone to feel comfortable enough to join in before the night is over.
"People can come who’ve only heard of ‘Swing your partner’ and ‘do-si-do,’ but we will have them up and dancing," Renee Gruntmeir said. "They can come and just watch square dancing, or what we really want them to do is to get up and try it before they commit to lessons, and just see what square dancing is all about."
Square dancing lessons begin Jan. 8
Hermann Sons Square Dance Club will be hosting an open house for anyone interested in learning the art, technique and history of square dancing. Lessons will be from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Hermann Sons Hall, 525 South St. Mary's St. (between Durango Boulevard and East Nueva Street).

Published in:
San Antonio Express
San Antonio, Texas
December 31st, 2009
Repeated January 7th, 2010

Dancers will be introduced to some of the basics calls of square dancing, including "do si do," "allemande left," "swing your partner" and "promenade." Once the classes are underway, there will be an opportunity to learn some line and western dancing between tips.
The first meeting will be an open house, where dancers can come enjoy food and meet members. The club will show you what square dancing is all about, involve you in the dancing, and probably exhibit some of the higher-level moves that you will learn before the lessons are over.
The caller at Hermann Sons is Bill Wright, who assemble unique choreographies and communicate them with a strong voice. Wright is known for teaching efficiently, and with encouragement.
New Year's Needham event schedule
The New Year’s Needham celebration on Dec. 31 includes live music from jazz, classical and folk to vocal groups and rock bands.

Published in:
Wicked Local Needham
Needham, Massachusetts
December 29th, 2009

Dance, storytelling and theater will be performed in locations central to town center. Children’s puppet shows, movies and creative arts will be offered at the library and Creative Movement and Arts Center beginning earlier in the day. On New Year’s Day, a 5K run will take place. A $5 button gets you into any and all events. They are on sale now.
4 p.m.: Great Plain Squares for all ages (4-5:30 p.m.) (Ages 8+). Here’s your chance to try out square dancing — no experience needed. Great exercise for mind and body. First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist.
Square dance group benefits pantry
The Chase County Stompers of Imperial brought donations for the food pantry instead of the traditional gift exchange at their Christmas Dance.

Published in:
The Imperial Republican
Imperial, Nebraska
December 18th, 2009

The club meets once a month at the fairgrounds for an evening of square dancing and round dancing.
Square dancing is gaining popularity in some parts of the country because the activity conditions the body, keeps the mind alert and offers interaction with others. There are clubs all over the world with the common ‘language’ of square dance calls. Learn in Imperial, and be able to dance in San Francisco, New York, Tokyo or Sydney.
Lessons are necessary to learn the basic calls so that a person may join a club and participate on various levels.
The Chase County Stompers are planning lessons in the near future. For information about the club or lessons, contact John or Joan Osler, presidents.
The group’s next dance is Jan. 9, 2010.

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