square and round dance in eastern ontario

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Welcome New Dancers

What are you waiting for?


Have you been missing out on all this? 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: Clubs in your area who are welcoming NEW dancers

Lessons (to be) Learned

New 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

Promoting Round Dancing

Capital Carousels to Teach Beginners

The number of round dancers, cuers and clubs has dwindled over the past few years.  There are some very active clubs for higher-level round dancing in the area but fewer opportunities for new and intermediate dancers.

The Capital Carousels are currently offering to visit square dance clubs to demonstrate round dancing to newer dancers who might not know what this form of dancing is like.  In addition, starting next September they will offering Beginner Round Dance lessions as part of a new Phase 2-3 level club in Ottawa . Turn up the volume and watch the video here

Beginner opportunities already exist outside the Ottawa area:
 - Carleton Place: Mississippi Squares
 - Kingston: Limestone Dancers
 - Cornwall: Cornwall Carousels
Check our Round Dance page for contact information.


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...

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 visiting page for more information.

Local Caller Hanging up the Microphone

Keith Watters retires after 56 years

Keith and Rita Watters have been calling to Ottawa dancers for the past 56 years.

In recent times, Keith has been calling for the Spinning Spurs (Mainstream), Spinettes (Basic) and Sunshine Squares (Plus).   In 1977, these 3 clubs were merged into a tri-level club under the supervision of Sunshine Squares.

Click the link here to read more about Keith & Rita's 56 years of calling.

The Festival 2014 collection
... by Nancy

Square Dancing is Fun