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Wild West Spring barn dance April 5

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

The Wild West Squares teaching program invites you to a free community square dance party, Wild West Spring, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 5 at the PLPOA Clubhouse.

This family-friendly event features demonstrations of basic, mainstream and plus dancing of the Wild West Squares, free food and a community “barn” dance for anyone who would like to try very simple and fun square dance activities.

Improve physical and mental health square dancing

The Golden Duo — mental and physical exercise — has been shown to enhance cognitive functioning over exercise alone, indicating that the best brain health workouts involve those that integrate different parts of the brain such as coordination, rhythm and strategy. Square dancing fits the bill perfectly and has many opportunities for socializing — opportunities that don’t usually exist in other workout routines.

If you want to forget your troubles, stress and other life dramas, consider grabbing a partner or coming solo and hitting the dance floor. You’re bound to lose track of everything that’s troubling you since it’s nearly impossible to focus on anything but the steps being called.

There are different levels of square dancing. The beginning level alone consists of 69 different dance moves or “calls.” The next level adds an additional 31 calls. Keeping track of all those dance steps requires quite a bit of mental focus.

If you’ve been looking for a fun, unique way to improve your overall health, consider square dancing. Your mind and body will thank you.

Free 10-week square dance course

Four Corners-based square dance caller Carla Roberts is putting the call out for new dancers to begin a free 10-week Introduction to Square Dance beginning April 12.

In this new dance course, 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.

The classes will be on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m., April 12 through June 14, at the PLPOA Clubhouse.

This is a fun, easygoing and free class open to families, couples and singles. The suggested age for children is at least 8 years old. Call Roberts to enroll at 903-6478.

This story was posted on March 20, 2017.