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High Country Squares host Indiana dancers

Pagosa Springs was the dancing destination for 20 or so Indiana vacationers who made their way cross country by RV, motorcycle and plane to visit fellow Indianans Lorna and Gene Fox and friends from the High Country Squares.

The entire group met up with Pagosa square dancers at the annual Hi Country Weekend in Westcliffe, Colo., which featured the four-person calling ensemble “Mountain Magic.”

Since Westcliffe is closer to the Front Range cities, the Hi Country event drew many from the Denver area, which boasts a variety of active square dance clubs.

Mountain Magic kept a gymnasium full of dancers entertained for two days with their ever-changing variety of music, jokes and “themes.”

One theme was a beach night, where dancers came in a variety of tropical beachwear. I’ve never seen so many men in flowered shirts in one room. Music was anything with a beach theme such as (of course) the Beach Boys. For square dancers, that is the basic pop song with all sorts of extra dancing instruction thrown in.

On the following Monday, the entire Indiana bunch (whose club is called The Wrong Way Squares in Hebron Indiana) came to the High Country Squares club dance in Pagosa Springs and had a great time dancing with our locals.

With seasonal visitors from Vallecito, as well as regulars from Durango and even Farmington, the PLPOA clubhouse was hoppin’! Caller Jim Park kept us going strong with his smooth calling and fantastic singing voice.

Another top-level caller will grace the High Country Squares at our Sept. 10 Prairie Dance. Gary Shoemake from the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee is one of the great callers in the U.S. Gary’s travels have taken him to all 50 states, as well as Mexico, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark and Central America.

The mainstream/plus level dance starts at 7 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse located at 230 Port Ave.

We welcome experienced dancers to come celebrate the end of the summer with great square dancing and delicious munchies. The dance will end at 9 p.m.

The High Country Squares offers weekly dances, regional dances and a wonderful sense of community for local and visiting dancers. Beginner lessons are offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, followed by Mainstream and Plus dancing from 8 to 9:30.

Contact Lorna at 731-5525 for more information.

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