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Wednesday Dances at Mt. Tabor Theater Commence

If you missed the KBOO square dance last January (it was the same weekend as Mid-Winter), you have a second chance to try what some are calling “neo square dancing.” This old-time, pre-modern western square dancing that young people are embracing is popping up across the Northwest, including Portland.

For example, Paul Silveria, the caller who called the KBOO dance, is starting up the Mt. Tabor square dances that he suspended for the summer. This year, the dances are on the third Wednesday of each month.  A live string band, New Five Cents, will play. The first dance is Sept. 15,  7:30 p.m., at the Mt. Tabor Theater (4811 S.E. Hawthorne). Five dollars gets you in the door–if you are 21 or older. (The theater is a 21-only venue).

No experience is necessary for these dances…Silveria teaches and calls at the same time.

Silveria writes on his Web site that he “has been calling traditional squares, reels, and big-circle dances” since 2002, the year that he learned to call from Bill Martin. Since then, according to his Web site, he has “called at Pick-A-Thon roots music festivals, the Portland Old Time Music Gathering, Seattle’s Folklife Festival, the Berkeley Old-Time Convention, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, as well as at Grange halls, community centers, and other venues across the Northwest.”

PAC members should check out what’s happening because this square dancing is catching on. The recent Portland Bicycle Transportation Alliance street party on Aug. 27 included tacos–and parking lot square dancing with the Greasy Chain String Band. (To see photos of a past Bicycle Transportation Alliance street square dance, click here.)

See you in a square.


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