Square dance instructors Nick and Mary Anne Turner  with the newly designed car window sticker that encourages people to “Live Lively and Square Dance.”

Square dance instructors Nick and Mary Anne Turner with the newly designed car window sticker that encourages people to “Live Lively and Square Dance.”

Take a turn with square dancing for fun and fitness

Like others in the Cariboo, the Williams Lake Square Dancers have been hiking, biking, kayaking, floor curling and white water rafting.

Like others in the Cariboo, the Williams Lake Square Dancers have been hiking, biking, kayaking, floor curling and white water rafting during our beautiful summer.

But with the government proclamation of Square Dance Awareness Week, Sept. 13-19, toes are once again starting to tap and the dancers are looking forward to the return of square dancing to their fitness routine.

“There is so much fun and laughter during a square dance evening that you won’t even realize that you have walked three to five kilometres,” says club president Dana Ball of the fitness factor in square dancing.

On Monday, Sept. 28 the Williams Lake club will host a special evening for members of the general public to try square dancing and see what it is all about.

This first evening will be free and it will be held at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre at 7 p.m. The more the merrier!

Don’t stay home alone.

Turn off the TV.  Put your cell phone away.

Come and meet new friends and challenge yourself to try something new.

“Square dancing is a unique dance form,” says club caller Nick Turner.

“It is walking to music and following the caller’s directions.  No need to worry about leading, following, or maintaining a frame.”

No experience is necessary for the first night.

The caller will instruct every one and have them moving in interesting patterns in no time.

No special clothing is needed.

Just be comfortable and come prepared for an evening of fun moving to music that could include anything from Pop, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, to Classical.”

Amazingly, the Williams Lake Stampede Whirlaways have been dancing in Williams Lake for 57 years.

Their wish is to continue to provide the community with fun, friendship and a healthy activity.

To do this, they hope new people will come and join them -couples, singles, families, children over 12.

The more people on the dance floor, the more fun it is.

During the year, club members also enjoy travel to various jamborees. In early June, a group of dancers travelled north to dance with the Prince George club at their Jamboree.

In July, more than 20 Williams Lake dancers travelled to Kersley to eat, socialize and dance at the home of Bill and Jan Cave.

The Whirlaways will have an information booth at the Williams Lake Harvest Fair this weekend.

Information on the club and a poster about activites can be found on the website at: www.wmslk.squaredance.bc.ca; www.facebook.com/williamslakesquaredancers; or contact Dana at 250-392-3066 or Nick  at  250-392-2432.

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