November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!!!

As we write this article square dance season is only just getting started around the state. The classes we teach will begin in a few days. There is excitement in the air, as everyone gets ready to help with lessons and dance at their club dances.

As you read this at the beginning of November, square dance classes and club dances will be in full swing. Have you been on a club caravan yet? Have you gone to a level dance with your new dancers?

With the start of November, our thoughts also turn to the holidays. Some of you have your Christmas shopping done. And some of you will be moaning and groaning that you haven’t started. Many clubs take this time of year to honor their caller and cuer with a gift. Remembrances and appreciations are always appreciated.

We have a gift idea for you to consider this year. How about giving a gift certificate to a business or organization that supports our square dance activity?

The organizations and businesses listed below provide necessary services to square dancers, callers, and cuers. In many instances they are only supported by square dancers. A gift certificate or item from one of these businesses will show appreciation to your caller/cuer and help a square dance business too.

CALLERLAB, The International Association of Square Dance Callers
200 SW 30th Street, Suite 104, Topeka, KS 66611
Phone: 785-783-3663
Email: or or
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday – Friday
Web site:

176 S Cole Rd, Boise ID 83709-0932
Phone: 877 Y I DANCE (877-943-2623) or 208-377-1232
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Mountain Time; Monday – Friday
Web site:

2818 Highway 44 East, Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165
Phone: 502-543-1521
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Eastern Time, Tuesday – Friday
Web site:

A&S RECORD SHOP (an independent record dealer and square dance caller)**
P.O. Box 6777, Warner Robins, GA 31095
Phone & Fax: 478-922-7510
Bob & Marie Shiver
Web site:
**Or your caller/cuer may have their own favorite independent record shop where they purchase their music.

14523 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98087
Seattle Area Phone: 425 743-9513
Toll Free: 800 344-3262 Dave & Bonnie Harry
Web site:

34 E Main Street, Apopka, FL 32703
Phone: 888-588-2362
Web site:
Subscription rates: $27.50/12 issues, $50/24 issues

PO Box 73193, Puyallup, WA 98373-0193
Phone: 253-445-4691
Subscription rate: $15.00/year

Don’t get us wrong; a gift card to the favorite local restaurant or coffee shop is always appreciated. A heartfelt thank you works too. We’re just suggesting that a gift and a way to help a square dance business at the same time might be a way to go this year.

If you are traveling over the holidays, safe travels. If you have time, look up a square dance in your destination city. It is fun to see how square dancing is the same yet different around the country.

Remember if you dance more you won’t feel guilty eating that second piece of pumpkin pie!

The quote for this month...

“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”
---Mary Catherine Bateson

Happy dancing,
Susan and Larry