Welcome to Square Dance. I am looking forward to teaching you the pleasure of modern square dance. My emphasis will be on having fun, and maybe a few cookies. In this blog I will be able to give you a review of the last lesson and a heads up for your next week.
Lesson 4 was mostly review, with two new figures introduced - Square Through and Grand Square.
Square Through is one of the most widely used figures in square dancing. We learned how to do a Square Through 4 (that being 4 hands around), Square Through 3 (that being 3 hands around), and Square Through 2 (that being, you guessed correctly, 2 hands around). Both the Saddlebrook Squares and Taminations websites would be worth visiting to further study Square Through.
We also learned Grand Square -- which is usually called as Sides Face Grand Square. In this figure all dancers are in motion at the same time, with each dancer completing an individual square with the larger square. The heads start by stepping forward into the center, and the side stepping backwards,
We will review Square Through and Grand Square as part of Lesson 5, and learn some new material as well.
Keep up the good work! Kirk Rockerbie
Well that was fun last Sunday night. I hope the new dancers had a good experience and look forward to future lessons. So what did we cover? Well, we reviewed all figures from Lessons 1 and 2, and then went through four new figures which were:
Each of these figures is shown with real dancers on the Saddlebrook Squares website at
U-turn back and California Twirl are demonstrated in Lesson 1c.
Bend the Line is demonstrated in Lesson 4
Dive Through is demonstrated in Lesson 7.
Should you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.
Remember, no lesson on October 7.
Another great lesson! So what did we cover? Here's the list:
We also learned the positions in a square, which consists of 8 dances (4 couples). The positions are:
Next lesson, we will cover the following figures (for those that want to refer to Taminations to see what's coming):
Keep up the good work and have fun!
That was a fun filled first Lesson! Congratulations to the new dancers for advancing through some of the basic figures of square dancing. We covered a lot of ground, and here's all the figures and movements we covered:
Circle left and circle right
Forward and back (or up to middle and back)
Promenade (single file promenade, couples promenade, and wrong way promenade)
Right and left grand
Ladies chain across
That's impressive. We'll review all this at Lesson 2 and add a few more figures. You may be asking if there are any internet sites that you can go to see what we did. Good question. Here are two sites that of are great assistance in demonstrating the figures and movements.
- look under "Basic 1"
- look under "Review Mainstream Lessons"
See you on Sunday. Kirk Rockerbie
It was wonderful to see such a nice turnout.
New dancers may have noticed how many angels (Volunteers) turned out to assist. The square dance community so enjoys dance that people happily dedicate time just to make the process easier for the new dancers.
If you missed the first class, come along anyway. We'll do lots of review.