Live Lively—Square Dance!

Photo by Rick Beeble

Square dancing has changed a lot since Colonial times. Today’s square dance is a fun activity set to a wide variety of music that offers great social interaction while providing both physical exercise and mental stimulation in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. It’s a great form of exercise and stress relief! It’s normal to see lots of smiles and hear lots of laughter at a square dance. An evening of square dancing could equal three to five miles of walking and burns 300 to 800 calories. As an added bonus, you can’t think about the day’s worries when you are listening for and responding to the calls. You have nothing to lose and plenty to gain—better health, lots of new friends, and a fun alternative to whatever else you do for recreation.

Fourteen SaddleBrooke Square dancers did just this at the Copper State Square Dance Festival on Feb. 24 and 25 in Mesa. A total of 148 people danced their way through the two-day event. Dancers came from as far away as Canada to attend this special festival and dance to caller Tony Oxendine who is from North Carolina. Tony kept the floor moving with his outstanding singing voice and flawless choreography. And, again, all went home with great memories and newfound friends!

Check out our website for more information and to learn how you can become part of this great activity.