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.

Upcoming Dances for Basic Level Dancers


There  are some upcoming dances which cater to any dancer who started last fall or before that.  It is a great opportunity to get more floor time and also to hear other callers and meet square dancers from other clubs.  That is one thing we love about square dancing; making friends from all over the place!

If you wonder why we try and encourage you to go to other dances it is for the following reasons.  First and foremost, it is fun!

If you started last fall you will have learnt the 51 moves of the Basic program.  We think that this basic program is the most difficult to learn because most of you are starting from no knowledge of Modern Square Dancing.   The only way to really get to know the moves and be able to do them seamlessly is practice!  Which means “floor time”.   At our club night you may only get 5 tips to practice your moves, especially now that we are including the beginner dancer level in our evening.

We were fortunate to welcome 9 other clubs to our Frosty Fling which made for a great afternoon.  This is your opportunity to get out and support their dances. We will have sign-up sheets to see if there is enough interest to hire a bus for each dance.  Cost will be $5 per person.

So do try and get out to at least one of the dances listed below.  Wear your Otonabee badge!

Saturday  Feb 12 – Willow Weavers invite you to a Valentine Dance, at Thornhill Presbyterian Church, 271 Centre Street, Thornhill.   Afternoon 2:30-5pm and Evening 6:30 to 9:30pm

Sunday, March 6 – Oshawa Club invite you to a Square Dance at 115 Grassmere Ave, Oshawa from 1-4pm CANCELLED

Sunday, March 27. Happy Hoppers invite you to Spring Uprising at the Lebovic Arts Centre, 15 Civic St, Stouffvillefrom 2:30 – 5:15pm. Visit their website.

Tuesday, April 5 – Lakeshore Waves invite you to their Country Roundup; Baltimore Recreation Centre, Community Centre Rd, Baltimore. 8-10p.    (Also some mainstream and plus available)

Saturday  April 16Spring Spree hosted by Lift Lock Squares.  Crestwood High School, Sherbrooke Ave, Peterborough.  2-5pm and 7-10:30pm  (also Mainstream to Advanced levels available) Ribbons on sale now for pre-registration.

Saturday, May 14 –  Toronto and District Square Dance Convention, Brock University, St. Catherine’s.  Afternoon and evening dancing.  (Mainstream and above level dancers can dance from Thurs pm –Sat night)

Saturday, May 28 – Triangle Squares invite you to an afternoon dance in Toronto.  Jesse Ketchum School , 61 Davenport Road,Toronto,   (Mainstream and above dancers can dance Thurs evening –Sun morning)

If you want  any more information, contact Howard and Jean Lander, Publicity and PR for Otonabee Squares via email: or phone 905 342 5450.