Smiles on the dance floor

The Star Country Squares Square Dance Club welcomes newcomers to modern square dancing to an open house on Oct. 11

Dave Phillips

Dave Phillips

Laughter and high spirits were in evidence at the Halina Centre Sept. 27 for the first of three open houses hosted by the Star Country Squares Square Dance Club in Vernon, as a way of promoting modern square dancing and attracting new members to the club.

Caller Alan Peterson of Salmon Arm put the dancers through their paces to lively music and with great humour. Second-year dancer Mary Vankka said square dancing is the nicest way to meet new people especially when you are new to the area.

“Square dancers are the happiest people I’ve ever met,” said Vankka, who moved to Coldstream last year. “They are so friendly and are really a great group of people, and I love the music.”

Annette Perreault and Shelagh Conroy were among the first-time new dancers as were Marilyn and Carl Schoenberger.

Perreault said she always wanted to learn to square dance.

“I really enjoyed the evening and I’ll be back next week for sure,” she said, to her dance partner, Len Leduc.

New dancers meet at the Halina Centre at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. There will be one more open house this Thursday. Come out and join in the fun!

For those who already know how to square dance, Star Country Squares meet at the Knox Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays beginning with Plus at 7 p.m., Mainstream at 7:30 p.m., with round dancing between squares. Round dancing is choreographed ballroom dancing where dancer couples are guided in their steps by a cuer.

This is a great way to meet new people who like to socialize, exercise, and you don’t have to have a partner. Previous dancing experience is not necessary, just wear casual clothing and come try it out.

We welcome all and sundry to see what modern square dancing has to offer. Refreshments are served.

For more information, call Yvonne at 250-545-5547.