Dance away with the Whirlaways

The Williams Lake Stampede Whirlaways Square Dance Club is set to start another season.

The Williams Lake Stampede Whirlaways Square Dance Club is set to start another season.

The club’s first dance of the season will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Chid Development Centre on Second Avenue North, starting at 7 p.m.

The Whirlaways were formed in 1967. The club dances weekly throughout the fall and winter months and hosts an annual jamboree in the spring.

Those who have some mainstream experience are welcome to attend the Thursday sessions.

For those without square dancing experience, the club is starting Casual Square Dancing, starting Monday, Oct. 3, and continuing through to Dec. 12.

The sessions will begin with a free evening from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 3, with dancing and dessert.

Those who wish to continue the sessions will need to pay a $5 fee per night.

Caller Nick Turner will give an introduction to square dancing and all will get to enjoy beverages and dessert, supplied by club members.

No experience is needed and no special clothing is required. Pre-registration is required, however.

Casual Square Dancing will take place at the Cariboo Arts Cenre (at the old fire hall).

The B.C. Square Dance Federation’s brochure says square dancing is a great prescription for better health because it combines three holistic dimensions —  physical, psychological, and social.

Physical: It’s a low-impact exercise that improves balance and co-ordination, improves muscle tone, and maintains joint flexibility.

Mental: Square dancing could help reduce age-related mental loss by developing mental agility.

Learning becomes fun in a group activity where you leave your problems at the door.

Social: connect with others, make new friends, and have loads of fun.

For more information on square dancing in Williams Lake or to pre-register, phone Marie at 250-392-5360, Nick at 250-392-2432, or e-mail