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The Best Time for a Food Break May Be at the End of the Dance

Open breaks where dancers can graze throughout the evening of square dancing are popular. A stop halfway during a dance to eat and then resume the dance is also popular. Some clubs serve food at the end of the dance. Which break option is best?

Presenters at the 59th national square dance convention in Louisville urged clubs to consider serving food at the end of a dance. “Food halfway through is a death knell,” they said. A square dance begins with momentum. If the dance pauses for eating, that momentum is lost, and the caller and cuer have to start it all up again.

Food is paramount to a dance, the experts said. People are likely to stay until the end of the dance if the club serves food at the end. The dancers sit and eat and visit.

On the other hand, with their tummies full halfway through the dance, people often feel uncomfortable dancing and are tempted to go home.

When dancers go home early, momentum is further lost and the sense of excitement gone with fewer people participating.

(These ideas come from Tom Davis, Jerry Junck and Nick Hartley in their seminar, “Fun Dances are Successful Dances.”


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