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High Country Squares host free lessons

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Sue Hamlet Members of the High Country Squares had a great time at the Black & White Dance with Mike Sikorsky. The club is hosting free square dance lessons at the PLPOA Clubhouse.

Photo courtesy Sue Hamlet
Members of the High Country Squares had a great time at the Black & White Dance with Mike Sikorsky. The club is hosting free square dance lessons at the PLPOA Clubhouse.

The High Country Squares invites you to join them on June 3 for the first of three free lessons with their excellent teacher, Jim Park.

Club members will be present at these sessions to help the learning process as “angels,” making the dancing fun for all newcomers to square dancing.

If you’ve had some previous training and want to refresh your memory, or if you are a complete beginner, come to the PLPOA clubhouse located at 230 Port Ave. Lessons start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 7:30. All are welcome.

Don’t wait, as classes are closed after the first three lessons so everyone learns at the same level throughout the summer. This class is offered once a year beginning in June and is ongoing until graduation, sometime in the fall of 2013.

Learning the basics 

Learning the basic steps is easy. Jim Park will patiently teach these steps or “calls.” Experienced dancers assist in the learning, acting as “angels.” You practice these calls at our weekly classes until they feel as natural as walking. Soon, Jim will start combining these calls into intricate dance patterns, which takes concentration and teamwork to execute. Single students are carefully matched with knowledgeable partners.

If you have always wondered what it would be like to square dance, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced teachers in the United States.

The High Country Squares are proud of their American Heritage and love to share the joy of dancing in a style that has been handed down in the folk tradition for centuries.

Modern Western Square Dancing uses a variety of music, including country, western, rock and roll and pop. So, really, there is nothing “square” about it, except it is fun to be “square.”

Black and White blast 

On Monday, May 13, the Black and White Dance, with Mike Sikorsky, was a blast. Sikorsky came to Pagosa Springs immediately following the New Mexico State Festival where he called for 18 squares on the Saturday night dance.

Our own High Country Squares won the award for the most miles traveled to reach the festival held in Albuquerque, and members danced till they dropped all weekend.

Jim Park 

Our own Jim Park will return to lead the High Country Squares through the summer and fall months. Jim will start teaching Beginner Western Square Dance lessons on Monday, June 3.

The summer schedule for club dancing is Mainstream and Plus dancing from 7:30 until 9:15 p.m. every Monday night at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 230 Port Ave.

The High Country Squares offers weekly dances, regional dances and a wonderful sense of community for local and visiting dancers.

Contact Jim Park, 731-9910, or Jim Hawkins, 731-2028, for more information.

This story was posted on May 30, 2013.