September is International Square Dance Month. Square dancing is not only enjoyed around the world in the twenty first century. It also has its roots in the traditional dances of many nations. Some of the terminology still used today came into use during the Revolutionary era when many Americans shunned anything British. So, walking became “promenade”; a type of hand hold became “allemande”, and “do-si-do” took the place of “back-to-back”.
Experienced dancers are invited to join the Oakmont Squares in promenading around the ring every Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM. Cost is $6 per person. Proof of vaccination is required. The East Rec has been made available while the Upper West Rec is undergoing repairs, but the club will be dark on Tuesday, September 14 when the building is needed for the special election.
The new group of beginning dancers continues to move ahead. Club caller Lawrence Johnstone uses the “red light-green light” system, alternating dances for beginners with dance tips for the more experienced dancers so that everyone gets to dance at a comfortable level. New classes begin periodically and will be announced in the various Oakmont news outlets.
Come dance in a square and make a circle of friends. For information call Jenny at 707-367-2102.