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National Square Dance Festival Is a Hit

Everywhere I go, I hear the adage “Square dancing is friendship set to music.” Nowhere is this more true than at a national convention. The people you meet and the resulting conversations make the event memorable.

Onlookers pack the bleachers in Freedom Hall on June 25 at the 59th national square dance festival. Square dancers flooded the floor.

One evening I splurged on dinner at the convention site restaurant. A granola bar had been my lunch, and I was hungry. I sat at a table, enjoying my $12.95 buffet dinner (it included beverages and dessert–but still, it was $12.95, and I was on a budget). A couple asked if they could join me.

Turns out they were from the United Kingdom on a square dance holiday in the United States. They were square dancing their way across the country and sightseeing between dances. The national convention was one of their first stops. They take this tour every other year. We visited for nearly an hour.

I met an American teaching in an international school in Indonesia. We had an interesting conversation comparing students in the United States with those in foreign countries.

At a workshop I met a gentleman whose club has been trying the “blitz” method for lessons…Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Presto: In one weekend, you’ve learned mainstream. He said his club has a high retention rate. Interesting. I’ll file that idea away to share with my own club.

Many reasons exist for attending nationals. You can square dance from 10 in the morning until midnight. You can become educated at the seminars and panels. You can trace patterns in the sewing room. You improve your plus or become introduced to A-1. Good food–and junk food–abound. But the people you meet are often the highlight of the convention.

To see photos of Nationals, click on the link below.

Nationals photos

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