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Bob Cathcart

Bob Cathcart

Bob Cathcart, long time caller of the Capital Steppers, passed away Wednesday from cancer. Bob was a master choreographer who entertained his dancers with smooth dancing.

If you were lucky enough to ever dance in one of the clubs he called for, you would see that Bob made a point of meeting and greeting every dancer during the evening.

Bob retired from calling in 2012 and caller Paul Adams wrote a wonderful tribute to Bob on the occasion of our Ottawa Area Callers Association retirement dinner & presentation for Bob. Here’s a link to that article

It was Bob's wishes not to have a service. Condolences may be sent to:

Gayle Alberelli
1509 Claymore Ave
Ottawa, ON, K2C 1T2

Welcome New Dancers -- OPEN HOUSES

What are you waiting for?

Have you been missing out on the fun? Why not join a thousand other dancers throughout Eastern Ontario, from Ottawa to Bellville, Kingston to Cornwall, Pembroke to Prescott?

Each September, Square, Round and Line Dance Clubs begin their Fall season. These clubs invite you to join them at their Open House nights and experience for yourself the fun of dancing

We've prepared a list of clubs that will you show how easy it can be. Visit one or more club. No experience necessary. All ages. No partners needed; Solos welcomed for Square Dancing and Line Dancing.

Click here to find clubs in your area who are welcoming NEW dancers

  Scroll down to see video -- "...Fun"

Swinging Swallows Celebrates 30 Years

Swinging Swallows Celebrates 30 Years

The Swinging Swallows in Pembroke are celebrating their 30th Anniversary.  Former EOSARDA callers Mel Wilkerson and Andy Himburg-Larsen have called at the club for many years.  The 30th celebration takes place on September 30, 2:30 - 7:30 with a pot-luck supper mid-way through the event. It's open to all.  Dancing will be Basics/MS/Plus with Francois Desmarais, their Club Caller keeping them busy. Please let Gloria Bateman (bateman.gloria@gmail.com) know if you will be attending.

Happy Birthday Canada

Happy Birthday Canada

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Recruiting new dancers is an essential part of every dance club’s core activities. Failure to bring in new dancers to replace those who drop out due to age, health, relocation or changing priorities will ultimately result in a club being forced to close its doors for lack of members.

Square Time Online

Square Time Online

It's official. EOSARDA's Square Time magazine is now available online as well as in the traditional paper version from the printer.

The link to the Square Time page is in the "More..." menu item in the menu bar

... or you can do it this way.

Future issues will continue to be posted as they become available. All the 2016 issues are posted there as well

Lessons (to be) Learned

Article by Jean Lander, Otonabee Squares

This well-written and well-researched article tells it like it is: Basic and Mainstream are the most important levels in Square Dancing. So read it and find out what kind of a dancer you are: Phase 1, Phase 2 or Phase 3?

Reflections on Dance Levels

While you're there, check out the rest of the articles and perhaps share something that you've read or written

Young Dancer Intitiative

Help us find a way to encourage youth to dance

Tell us your ideas on how to get young people involved in Square Dancing:
• How do we get them interested?
• Where do we find them?

Perhaps this will mean starting up a Youth Club in your area.  Please use your local contacts to see if there would be any interest.

EOSARDA has proposed a framework to encourage young dancers to get involved. 
- A PDF version of the recent Power Point presentation on the Young Dancer Initiative is linked here. 
- As well, we captured the President's Message from the December issue of Square Time for inclusion here.

For more information on EOSARDA's initiative to teach teens modern square dancing or to have a presentation to your club...

contact:
Dave Western
Phone: 613-838-5428
Email: dlwestern@yahoo.com

 

Get Out and Visit!

Let's start our new dancers on the road to visiting



Visiting other clubs is a fun way to enjoy dancing.  Many of our Basic-level clubs are encouraging such visits by making them Free to new first-year dancers ... and angels get in for 1/2 price.  More people equals more fun.  More dancing equals stronger dancers.  Encourage new dancers to get active by visiting other clubs.

Check out our Visit page for more information.


The Festival 2014 collection
... by Nancy

Square Dancing is Fun