Samena Squares Newsletter #7

Dear Friends,

Good dancing Thursday night! Welcome back, Paty!

Larry and I just got home from a fabulous weekend dancing at the Clark County Square Dance Center. It was the 2017 Royal Romp Plus weekend. For those of you who are new to square dancing that means dancing Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday morning to national callers. In addition to lots of dancing (more than 10,000 steps on Saturday) it’s an opportunity to visit with friends we have met through the years from all parts of the Northwest (Boise, ID, Northern California, Vancouver, BC and all parts in between).

The sad news is that this was the last big dance at the CC Square Dance Center. The local square dance clubs membership has been declining and they can no longer support the hall. It has been sold to the mega church across the street and will now be used for youth activities. The good new is that there will be a Royal Romp 2018 in a new venue that has yet to be determined. The better news is that we can be thankful for our own hall, the Juanita Community Center, and do all we can to keep square dancing vibrant and alive with the Samena Squares. If you are new, that means learning to dance to join in the fun. If you are already a club member, that means dancing with and encouraging the new dancers, dancing with each other, and volunteering to help when and where needed. Many hands make light work. Samena Squares have a good reputation for doing just that, pitching in to help when needed.

Below you will find the box with the definitions of the calls that we learned Thursday night. I have also added additional boxes with helpful tips about singing calls, tips to help you keep dancing, and making lines when your squares do break down. Bring any questions with you on Thursday night.

The Samena Squares have a dance on Friday night. It is a full Mainstream dance so you will not be able to dance but you are more than welcome to come watch. It’s the Red, White, and Blue Dance.

Make plans now to join the Samena Squares and the Whirlybirds for the New Year’s Eve dance!

Dates to note:
Friday, December 1, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., First Friday Fun Fest hosted by the Whirlybirds with Dave Harry, caller. The hall is The Hayloft, 15320 35th Ave W, Lynnwood. Cost is $7/person.

Sunday, December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., New Year’s Eve Student Level Dance hosted by the Whirlybirds and Samena Squares with Dave Harry and Susan Morris, calling. This dance will be at the Juanita Community Club. Tickets are available now for $15 per person. The format will be like the First Friday Fun Fests, squares alternating with line or circle dances. Make plans to dance in the New Year!

I hope you all had fun at the First Friday Fun Fest! Have a good week! See you Thursday night!

Happy dancing,

Week #7
26. Walk Around The Corner: Dancers face their corners. Walking forward and around each other while keeping right shoulders adjacent, dancers return to their original position, with their backs toward their corner. WALK AROUND THE CORNER – 8 steps

27. See Saw: Each dancer walks forward and around their partner keeping left shoulders adjacent, then steps forward to face the corner. This is not a DOSADO. SEE SAW – 8 steps.

29. Circle To Line: Starting with facing couples, in your foursome circle half way, the left hand dancer now on the outside of the circle drops hands with the Girl on his left and continues to lead to his left, the other dancers unroll into a line of four. The Girl on the end should walk forward to end of line under the arm of her partner. CIRCLE TO LINE – 8 steps.