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    May 11
    Dark. No dance.

    May 25
    Terry Halley, caller
    Ken Prattt, cuer

    The Checkerboard Squares dance at the Rockwood Grange, located at 183rd and Southeast Stark Street between the Taco Time restaurant and the Motel 6 in Gresham, Ore. Admission: $5 for non-members.

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Checkerboards Throw Birthday Party Nov. 10

The Checkerboard Squares invite you to circle Nov. 10 on your calendar. Save that date for our 52nd birthday dance.

Now let’s dream about the ideal birthday party. For starters, at ideal birthday parties you mingle and chat with your friends. (That’s the best part.) You can do that at our birthday dance. Ideal birthday parties serve cake. We’ll have cake plus a full buffet of delicious treats at our 10 p.m. break. (The Checkerboards are known for their cooking.) Ideal birthday parties mean dressing up. You’re welcome to wear your square dance finest to our birthday dance.

Ideal birthday parties include games and activities. At our party, you can dance nonstop all evening. (The caller and cuer may even teach some new moves as Craig Abercrombie did at a recent Checkerboard dance.) Ideal birthday parties have gifts. We’ll give away door prizes to some lucky people, plus split the pot. (Yes, at our party, the guests get the gifts.)

Ideal birthday parties have surprises. Sorry, I can’t spill our secrets. (You’ll have to trust me on this one.) OK, I think you get the idea. This dance is going to be fun. You won’t want to miss it. We hope to see you dancing!

Bank Display, Barn Dance and Oregon State Fair Demo Advertise Square Dancing

Willamette Valley clubs dance on Center Stage at the 2011 Oregon State Fair.

A square dance display, complete with a mannequin wearing a petticoat, goes up at U.S. Bank in Gresham each August.

The Checkerboard Squares partner with Carrie B’s dance shop to introduce square dancing to bank customers.

Other clubs have found creative ways to advertise, too. The Country Cutups did a square dance demonstration at the Philip Foster Farm’s Barn Dance and Pioneer Dinner this summer.

Clubs from across the Willamette Valley danced on Center Stage two weekends during the 2011 Oregon State Fair. On Labor Day, dancers dressed in patriotic colors: red, white and blue. The Wild Cards called. 

Red, white and blue are the colors of choice at the Labor Day fair demo.

This annual square dancing demo probably exposes more people to square dancing than anything else clubs do, with the exception of the Starlight Parade. 

This introduction to square dancing–complete with volunteers distributing brochures and lesson schedules–is a real boon to square dancing. But just as heartening is the fact that the demo is growing in popularity among square dancers. Three or more squares were dancing on Labor Day, with plenty of dancers sitting out, waiting their turn. The square dance community deserves praise for coming together and promoting its sport.