Local

October 18, 2013

Square dancing as easy as A-B-C

Members of the Thunder Mountain Twirlers participate in a spring square dance event in Tucson the day before St. Patrick’s Day. For those interested in learning the basics of square dancing, Thunder Mountain Twirlers begins the “ABC Fun Dance Program,” which takes place every Fridays at the Sierra Vista Lutheran Church Oct. 25-Jan. 10.

Two and a half years ago, Mike Smithers, never thought he would become square dance fanatic.

Today, the Army veteran is a member of the square dance group, Thunder Mountain Twirlers, and a square dance caller—and he’s calling on others to come and share his experience at the “ABC Fun Dance Program,” which starts Oct. 25.

“I never thought I would square dance much less join a club, much less learn to call square dancing, it’s just so much fun, it really is, and the people are wonderful. It’s worth everybody checking out,” Smithers said. “I had the time of my life, and I’ve been addicted to it ever since. It’s good exercise and it keeps your mind going.”

The ABC Fun Dance Program teaches the basics of square dancing. Smithers explained there is no commitment like a formal lesson. The attendee does not need to retain anything because during the ABC Fun Dance Program, the dancers start over learning.

“It is dance, but you’re basically walking,” he said. “It’s not like you have to learn a lot of complicated steps like ballroom dancing. Anybody who can walk, can square dance.”

According to Smithers, square dancing could be a possible hobby for active-duty Soldiers and Families. Not only is it a social activity, it’s a wholesome one.

“I was in the Army for a little over 20 years, and I was raising a Family, but I was always gone. The Army kept me gone 75 percent of the time, and just about everywhere I went, there was usually very little to do,” he said. “ … geographic bachelors, but even single Soldiers, they tend to come up here to Fort Huachuca and the classes tend to be pretty long…whether they can bring their Family or not, it’s a nice activity for them to get involved in, because there is not only the social aspect, but [square dancing] is safe.”

Thunder Mountain Twirlers perform a square dance promenade. The group begins their “ABC Fun Dance Program” teaching the basics of square dancing Oct. 25.

He added that square dance clubs are located across the country and even throughout the world. He gave an example of one former Thunder Mountain Twirler member a third of the way through her formal square dance lessons when she needed to relocate for her job.

“I got online, I found a club, and I contacted the president and it turned out, they were at the same place in their lessons as we were here. She was at the lessons here one week, she moved out there the next week, and she started right up where she left off, and she had a whole family waiting for her,” Smithers said.

Once the ABC Fun Dance program ends Jan. 10, dancers are welcome to take the formal lessons, known as mainstream square dancing and the programs get more advanced from there. However, there is no pressure to advance to a particular level.

Dancers also learn “the language” of the calls. A call is a verbal cue that the caller gives that all the dancers know how to execute. They start in one particular formation and end in a different one.

The ABC Fun Dance program takes place each Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per adult each night but with two exceptions: first time attendees get in for free and those bringing someone new to the program both get in for free. Casual attire and comfortable shoes are recommended.

The program takes place at Sierra Vista Lutheran Church “Fellowship Hall,” 101 N. Lenzner Ave. For more information, email svtmt@cox.net or call 227.7085.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Army Photo by Lisa Tourtelot

RWBAHC welcomes new top doc to command

U.S. Army Photo by Lisa Tourtelot Lt. Col. Edgar Arroyo, the new commander of Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, accepts the command colors from Maj. Gen. Thomas Tempel, the commanding general of Western Regional Medical Comm...
 
 
305thCeremony_6.26

305th Military Intelligence Battalion Change of Command Ceremony

Incoming Commander, Lt. Col. Jorge A. Arredondo, takes command of the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion during the passing of the colors at the change of command ceremony Friday.   Fort Huachuca’s 305th Military Inte...
 
 
MIband3_62715_lakosil

Cochise County Outlaws perform with a special guest performer

Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, performs with the Cochise County Outlaws, 62nd Army Rock Band at Eifler Fitness Center. Ashley played three songs wit...
 

 
PeopleatPool_6.23

Keep your summer cool at Irwin Pool

Lifeguards watch visitors at Irwin Pool. This summer, the pool will be open on the 4th of July. With temperatures rising, Fort Huachuca’s Irwin Pool is an inviting way to keep the Family cool this summer. The pool is open thr...
 
 
Natalie Lakosil

HT-JCOE commanders change during June 19 ceremony

From left, outgoing Commander Col. John Boucher, Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence; Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca; and incoming C...
 
 

BLM Jackson Hotshots hosted at Fort Huachuca for portion of 2015 fire season

TUCSON, Ariz. — The only Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hotshot firefighting crew east of the Mississippi River will be based in southern Arizona for a portion of the 2015 fire season. The 20-member Jackson Hotshot crew from Jackson, Miss. will be housed in the Sierra Vista community thanks to a partnership between BLM and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>