The Goldancers square dancing club, the oldest square dance club in California, recently celebrated 64 years of twirling and promenading with a big party to celebrate! It was attended by many dancers from out of the area including Yuba City, Auburn, Roseville and Sacramento.
The club, formed in 1949, meets weekly at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley, where the dancing and camaraderie share equal importance. Organizers said a typical dance consists of three or four “squares” of four couples and that new members are needed to keep things interesting and keep the club alive.
Many dancers met their spouses square dancing years ago. They square danced through all their kids, and now they’re still square dancing as they get older. But we need new blood. We need younger people to start dancing. Modern square dancing is more casual than it used to be. While full skirts and petticoats for the ladies and long-sleeved shirts and bolo ties for the men are still worn for special dances, most of the time, dancers are in their everyday clothes.
There are lots of festivals and special dances to go to with your new-found friends, both here and even abroad. Some members of the Goldancers will be traveling to Germany in the fall for a tour of Bavaria as well as square dancing with the German clubs in the area. No matter what country you are in, the steps are always called in English. One of our callers participated in a satellite hookup with Japanese dancers, and the two clubs, one in California and the other in Japan, danced to each other’s caller, and all had a great time!
Laughter, fun, exercise and new-found friends that last a lifetime are all part of the benefits of square dancing, not to mention the food on party nights, which generally happen once a month when the dancers dress up in their colorful skirts and matching shirts.
If you don’t know how to square dance, don’t fret. Beginning lessons start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 (previously scheduled to start Sept. 22) The Goldancers dance at the Golden Empire Grange located at 11363 Grange Court (off La Barr Meadows Road) in Grass Valley. In addition to the new dancer lessons, regular Thursday night workshop dances take place for members and guests. Come see how much fun square dancing can be and join us for three free lessons starting Sept. 26.
In square dancing, you meet wonderful people, it’s great exercise for the body and the mind, and it’s just a lot of fun. No partner is needed. For information about our new dancer class in September, call 530-272-2445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Sindorf is a member of the Goldancers Square Dance Club. She lives in Grass Valley.
Many dancers met their spouses square dancing years ago. They square danced through all their kids, and now they’re still square dancing as they get older.