Lots of Events Coming Up!

Hello to all Otonabee squares dancers!

  • Next weekend on Sunday 29th Jan we will be hosting our 3rd Annual FROST FLING dance.
    • We have another caller to share the stage with Wayne. This year we invited Dave Williamson who is a caller from Guelph. In addition to being a caller he is also President of the Toronto & District Square Dance Association. He is a fantastic caller (and singer) and is very supportive to new dancers.
    • The dance level will be mainstream and basic so all the dancers currently dancing on Monday night will be comfortable with whatever is called. (The new dancers currently in lessons will not be able to dance but are welcome to come, free of charge, to watch).
    • As hosts I ask you all to step forward and help make this event a great success. Right now the long range weather forecast looks good!
    • We ask all our members to bring something in the way of food; singles should get together and share doing up veggie or fruit platters or even sandwiches. A sign up sheet will be there on Monday night. We need help setting up; kitchen and clean up. If we all do a little it is not too much for anyone person. But MOST IMPORTANT please plan to attend!
    • Dress code is ladies should wear skirts (does not have to be crinolines!) and those ladies dancing as men have the option of pants or skirts. Men should wear long sleeved shirts.
    • Location: Westdale United Church, 1509 Sherbrooke St. W. Peterborough 2-4:30pm
  • Many in the square dance community are watching our club with interest. (Even in Ottawa they are interested in the success of our club) They are amazed that we have grown in such a short time to be such a great club. This is due to all of you who have come out regularly, brought in friends and continue to make every Monday night such a fun time.
  • General notes: On Feb 6th the new dancers will be joining us on Monday nights. Please make them feel welcome and introduce yourself.
    • We have two Tuesday lessons left. The more experienced dancers (yes even if you just started last September you are a more experienced dancer!) who come out and help, the better the new dancers will be when they join with us on Mondays. So you are not only helping them but the quality of your own dancing on Mondays will be better. Also you become a better dancer when you learn to help others.
    • Some who have attended every new class will be earning their “angel” dangle.
  • On Feb 13th we will have a Valentine Party – Make you own Ice-Cream Sundae.
  • Sunday, Feb 19th – Mainstream Dance at George Street United Church 2-4:30pm
  • Remember to “lug a mug”. Save all that styrofoam!
  • Talking of mugs, a couple of members are looking for two lost mugs. One is an insulated mug with a Saturn logo on it and the other is a china mug with a “lavender” motif. If anyone found these let us know.

News from the Executive

Recently the executive held a meeting and made a few decisions they wanted to let the club members know about.

  1. To help with the cost of gas, a mileage allowance of .22c per km will be paid to any member who is willing to give others a lift to outside dances.  This will be paid from the 50/50 monies.  The driver must take a minimum of two passengers (that does not include one’s spouse).   We would also ask each passenger to pay the driver $5.
  2. Full Maintream-only Dances We have decided to hold a monthly dance of full mainstream tips.  We hope to have different callers for each dance.  The first dance will take place on Sunday, Feb 19th, at George Street United Church 2-4:30pm.  To attend these dances you must have completed the full teach in mainstream.   Other dates will be March 18 and April 15.
  3. Mainstream Blitz Jan 14/15. Following this teach weekend, Wayne will call full mainstream on Monday nights.  So this weekend will be your last chance to learn or finish learning your mainstream moves.  (Mainstream will be taught again in Sept 2012)
  4. Teach DVD’s for basic and mainstream. The club is buying two copies of the Saddlebrook club teach DVD.  These will be available to loan to members who do not have internet.  People may borrow them for 14 days at a time and a refundable deposit will be required.
  5. Valentine Ice Cream Dance.  Feb 13. Make you own sundae!   FREE  fun dance night!    (Future fun night – Crazy Hat Dance – date to be announced)
  6. Phone Tree We need one more volunteer to take a few names.  Thanks to those who have come forward to volunteer.

Getting to a Routine

Now that we have had our first couple of dances of the new season it’s time to get to our more regular routine.  From 7-7:30 we’ll be catering to our beginners, then from 7:30 to 9pm we’ll have basic with at least one mainstream teach and 9-9:30 will be mainstream teach.  Hopefully everyone will come enjoy the full 2.5 hours of dancing each week!

We’ve also added more information on our dances page so people can plan for the Halloween Party, the Mainstream Blitz and the Frosty Fling!  Be sure to check it out.