Square Dancing vs Contra Dancing

Square Dancing vs Contra Dancing

Traditional contra dancing and modern western square dancing are both dynamite dance activities to get involved in. They each have their own flavour and cultural norms. Let’s look at similarities: Both dance forms have a caller who teaches and calls the dances. Both...
Newsletter – September 2021

Newsletter – September 2021

Greetings to all dancers! September 22 marks the official start of Fall when we all should be back at our clubs dancing, welcoming new members and sharing stories of our summer activities. Unfortunately that is not happening in most places in Ontario. Covid-19 is...
Newsletter – Summer 2021

Newsletter – Summer 2021

Newsletter – Summer 2020 Spring greetings to all dancer! This time last year who would have imagined we’d still be asking the same question now; “When can we get together and dance?” Well, we still don’t know! With the ongoing vaccination program it’s looking brighter...
The Evolution of Modern Square Dancing

The Evolution of Modern Square Dancing

The Evolution of Modern Square Dancing When most people hear the term “square dancing”, they immediately think back to their memories of school dance programs, where they tried to interpret what to do upon the commands of “do-si-do” and “allemande left.” For many, to...
How to Begin?

How to Begin?

How to Begin? There are over 100 square and round dance clubs across Ontario, most of whom have weekly dance nights where you can participate in a regular dance program. Clubs may host special dances on Theme Nights, or others  such as Valentine’s Dances. You should...
Health Benefits

Health Benefits

Health Benefits Square and Round Dancing has been described as “fitness at its best” in the article “It’s Fun to Get Fit for Under a Fin”, by Corben Geis in the July 2004 issue of American Square Dance. From helping to control weight gain to decreasing blood pressure...
Square Dancing Terms

Square Dancing Terms

A list of common terms used in Square and Round Dancing to help you out. Square Dancing Terms Allemande Left: Corners face and take left forearms. Walk around each other to own position. Angel: An experienced dancer who attends classes to fill out squares and help the...

Newsletter – December 2020

Ontario Square and Round Dance Federation Newsletter – December 2020 Greetings to all as we head into the holiday season! Whether you celebrate   Christmas, Hanukkah or a secular celebration, this will be a challenge in these Covid-19 times, due to the stay at home...
Newsletter – Summer 2020

Newsletter – Summer 2020

Ontario Square & Round Dance Federation Newsletter – Summer 2020 Over the last few months, the world has been turned upside down due to the impact of the COVID 19 virus. Our activity, whether it be square, round or line dancing, has taken a hit. Not only have our...

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