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Message from the President August 2022

It is that time of year again when square dancers start looking toward September and the start of the dance season. Thankfully, for the first time in two years, Meri Squares is preparing to launch a normal dance season, inviting new members and welcoming back familiar ones.

It is expected that not all dancers who were with us when dancing stopped in March 2020 will return to dancing. For that reason, we have made some changes to our dance schedule to remain financially viable.

Mainstream and Plus

Mainstream and Plus dancing have been combined on Thursday nights at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 470 Roosevelt Ave. Mainstream will be called by John Charman from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At 8:00 pm, John will begin a Plus teach for 15 minutes for Mainstream dancers. Full Plus will be offered from 8:15 pm to 9:30 pm with John continuing to call. Of course, Plus members are welcome to come for the full evening from 7:00 pm on. Dancing will resume on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Mainstream and Plus members are encouraged to also attend the SSD sessions on Tuesday nights.

Social Square Dancing

Tuesday evenings will be dedicated to our introductory session for new dancers and for current Basic dancers. We will be teaching the Social Square Dancing program (SSD) at the J.A. Dulude Arena, 941 Clyde Avenue, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm beginning on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Are you a Mainstream dancer who is feeling a little rusty after two years or longer of no dancing? Then this SSD program is perfect for you. It is a combination of Basic and Mainstream moves and will be a great refresher, or indeed a wonderful place to continue to dance. Wendy VanderMeulen will be teaching this program and we will definitely be looking for angels [experienced dancers] to help introduce new dancers to square dancing.

As the Club rebuilds following the pandemic, we encourage dancers to invite friends and family to give square dancing a try! The SSD program is a wonderful option. Dancers will learn the entire program in just 12 weeks and will then have opportunities to dance the full program afterwards. No need to keep taking lessons, SSD is a stand-alone level that will be available at regional dances and special SSD dances Meri Squares plans to organize with other clubs. And if dancers travel south for the winter, they can continue to dance the SSD program while away.

Kick-off Dance

On Tuesday, September 20, we are hosting a FREE Kick-off Dance for anyone interested in trying square dancing! This is a great opportunity for returning members to refresh their skills. Join us at the J.A. Dulude Arena, 941 Clyde Avenue at 7:00 pm to welcome new and returning dancers!

Recruitment

All Club members are encouraged to download and print the great posters that have been created to recruit new dancers. The pdf versions have been sent directly to members. If you cannot print them, contact Lamar (lamarmason4@gmail.com) and we will arrange to drop some off to you.

Fees and dance schedule

Please see the August Newsletter under Club Information for details on dance fees. The full schedule can be found under Schedule on the menu bar on the website (merisquares.ca).

See you on the dance floor soon!

Lamar Mason
President