Free square dance class set to start Feb. 4

Photo courtesy Carla Roberts From left to right are Wayne Winch, Carla Roberts, Karen Swain, Bruce Swain, Theresa Burtin, Scott Goodman, Ingrid Leppitisch, Tom Parker and Sharon Parker. Roberts is teaching an eight-week introduction to square dance.

Photo courtesy Carla Roberts
From left to right are Wayne Winch, Carla Roberts, Karen Swain, Bruce Swain, Theresa Burtin, Scott Goodman, Ingrid Leppitisch, Tom Parker and Sharon Parker. Roberts is teaching an eight-week introduction to square dance.

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Learn to square dance every Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 to 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 4 and continuing through March 25 at the PLPOA Clubhouse.

In this eight-week introduction to square dance, Carla Roberts will teach at the basic level, so new dancers can quickly master enough calls (or dance steps) to experience the exhilaration of dancing in a group setting. The class focus is for everyone to have an enjoyable dance session while learning the building blocks of square dance.

This is a fun, easygoing and free class open to families, couples and singles. Suggested age for children is at least 8 years old.

Modern western square dance retains its roots in the American tradition. By learning a few steps, or calls, you will be carrying on that wonderful dance lineage handed down by our pioneer ancestors.

In Pagosa Springs and other local mountain communities, square dance is alive and well and enjoyed by those who like to get up and move in a joyous fashion. It is wonderful exercise for the body and mind.

If you can walk at a brisk pace, you can square dance.

Square dancing is sociable and just plain fun. It involves a social component that solitary fitness endeavors do not. You are given the opportunity to develop strong social ties, which contribute to self-esteem and a positive outlook. Many people have made lifelong friends at square dances.

Cultural background does not make a difference. In fact, square dancing breaks down many barriers between cultures. And talking about fun … just ask any square dancer how much fun they have.

Help us to continue this great western heritage activity in Pagosa Springs. Come to town and kick up your heels with caller Carla Roberts every Wednesday evening starting Feb. 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave.

For more information or to enroll, call Roberts at 903-6478.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and performing arts specialist Roberts has taught and performed concerts in schools and fine arts venues in the western states for the last 35 years. Her Four Corners-based “Wild West Squares” program is designed to bring the joy of modern western square dance to people of all ages.

 

This story was posted on January 25, 2015.