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Square Dancing Results in a Sense of Community

I moved eight hours away from friends and family when I was 26. I knew no one in my new hometown of 18,000 except for a few co-workers I had met before the move. I joined a church, talked to neighbors in my apartment building and carpooled to work. Gradually, I became acquainted with a number of people.

I still remember my joy when, one evening at a shopping mall, I saw someone I knew. For the first time since I had moved, this new town was beginning to feel like home.

I’m fairly new to the square dance community. I’m still getting acquainted. Two years ago at my first national convention in Wichita, I met many nice people.

But this year at the national convention in Louisville, I not only met new people but also ran into people I knew from Portland. The hugs that resulted were especially meaningful. We were happy to see someone from back home. Same thing in Pendleton.

The square dance community really is a community. It’s special, something to celebrate.

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