Yep, you read that correctly. I bet that's a post title you were not expecting, but I'm a fan.
Each summer when my family is at KANUGA we have a ball at the square dance. After this summer's soirée, I've decided that I must set myself about figuring out a way to square dance more than once a year. I'm going to require that of my life. I'm not sure if I'll have to travel for this event or if I'll have to get schooled in square dance calling; but, alas, I need more square dancing in our lives. You do, too.
I wish you could all learn to square dance from Uncle Ted White of THE WHITEWATER BLUEGRASS BAND. They're fabulous musicians, and Uncle Ted can magically teach the dance to a couple hundred people, give the history and folklore behind it and actually have folks from 2 to 102 dancing at the same time. He does all of that without ever raising his voice - it's a miracle.
Here are the ten reasons that we should all be square dancing on a regular basis:
- Square dancing makes you smile, and that is always a good thing.
- It works up a sweat; but it's okay, because everyone else is sweating, too. No one is glistening.
- People who are square dancing together make eye contact. Do we do that enough in everyday life?
- When you are busy learning and participating in square dancing, you are RIGHT THERE, in the moment. There is no place for worrying or fretting.
- Everybody can do it. It doesn't matter how talented you are or how old you are or what language you speak.
- Square dancing is a fun way to teach our children about days long gone. In a dance, we are actually doing what our ancestors did, and even doing it to the same song!
- Square dancing throws us out of our comfort zones, and that's when the good stuff happens in life.
- At a square dance, every single person in the room touches every other person in the room . . . and they smile at each other!
- You don't sit in a chair, staring at a lecturer, to learn a new square dance. You learn on the job.
- Square dancing involves lots of hand-holding. You might be connecting with your grandmother or a new friend or your soul-mate . . . but, rest assured, you'll have someone's hand to hold.