The Williams Lake Stampede Whirlaways Square Dance Club  held a free session on Monday

The Williams Lake Stampede Whirlaways Square Dance Club held a free session on Monday

Whirlaways begin dancing season

The Williams Lake Stampede Whirlaways Square Dance Club has started another season.

The Williams Lake Stampede Whirlaways Square Dance Club has started another season.

The club’s first dance of the season was held Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Child Development Centre on Second Avenue North.

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 started Casual Square Dancing on Oct. 3,which continues through to Dec. 12.

Each session costs $5 per night.

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

Casual Square Dancing takes place at the Cariboo Arts Centre (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

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