Posted by Karen (karen) on Jul 05 2013 at 9:06 PM

If you'd like to spend a couple of hours learning an authentic American folk dance, come to the Westport Town Hall, September 18th, 6:30-8:30 pm.  Or just observe if that's your preference.  Last year I saw a similar invitation and decided to give it a try.  Now I am a square dancer, I've met many nice people, made some new friends and have a choice of area dances to go to.  It sure beats watching TV.

This is how it works:  Lessons are Sunday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, beginning September 18, 2011 and continuing until March 2012.  Everyone is welcome.  Angels--club members who know how to square dance-- are on hand to help guide new dancers:  You don't need a partner.  There is a caller who plays music and calls out instructions for the dancers to follow.  He repeats the calls and mixes them up until everyone learns them.  You will learn by doing, along with all the other new dancers.  By the time lessons are over, you will be able to square dance anywhere.  The Westport Squares Dance Club and several other square dance clubs in the area hold regular dances.

The first two lessons, September 18 and September 25, are free.  After that the cost is $4.00 per evening per person, $2.00 under age 18.

Those are the facts, but they don't tell you anything about how much fun it is or what a good time you'll have or how many wonderful folks you'll meet.  The world of square dancing is truly a community and you will be a part of it.  Everyone is helpful and friendly.  You will always feel welcome, and you will have a great time.

Square dancing can be vigorous or more sedate, depending on your comfort level.  Some people like to twirl, some move a bit more slowly,  How ever you do it, you'll get exercise, burn calories, expend energy,  It's a really fun way to stay in shape.  And it's a called dance so if you're at all self-conscious about your own abilities, this is the activity for you--you won't be hanging out there wondering if your feet are in rhythm or your arms are flailing, or you look silly.  It's perfect for those who love (or think they might like) the pure joy of dance & movement but haven't done much dancing, don't want to go to a club or bar, would like to learn an American Folk Dance, have Sunday evenings open, think it might be interesting, need some exercise, whatever reason--or no reason at all.

So, join us September 18th--by yourself or with a partner, friend or neighbor--and see why square dancers have so much fun.