Submitted by Nancy Raiha
“Swing your partner and do-si-do!” Who knew? The Olympia area has an active and vibrant square dance community. Almost every night of the week, you can find dancers having fun at Lac-A-Do Hall, located at 1721 46th Ave NE in Olympia. Square dancers of all ages and walks of life come together to laugh and dance with their friends. And they would like you to join them.
It’s not the square dancing of your childhood – when you went to the gym because it rained. The hall is full of flashing smiles, tapping feet, and modern music of all types. Some people wear petticoats or western shirts, while others dress more casually.
Everyone is enthusiastic about their favorite form of recreation. When you ask what keeps them square dancing, the same words pop up over and over: Friends, fun, fellowship, fitness, and food. Linda has been dancing just over a year. She says, “It is so much fun! It has changed my life and brought me lots of new friends.” Kathy, who has been dancing for more than twenty years says, “Square dancing makes me happy and healthy. It puts the fun in my life.” Dan has danced for 13 years. He says square dancing is “a social activity that keeps our minds and bodies young . . . a group of friends who are always glad to see you and feed you too.”
The Olympia Area Square Dancers are sponsoring a Free Introduction to Square Dancing at 6:30 p.m., Thursday September 11 at Lac-A-Do Hall, 1721 46 Ave NE. It’s a great opportunity for a good time, and to see what modern square dancing is like. Couples, singles, and families, ages 10 to 110 are welcome. If you want to take square dance lessons, they start at 6:30 on Thursday September 18.
Nikki started square dance lessons two years ago, and now dances almost every week. She says, “I hate to exercise, but love to dance. However there is a side effect to square dancing; my memory, stamina and agility are really improving. Great, huh?”
Curtis started dancing in 1989. He says, “You are never alone at a square dance. There is great music, wonderful friends and a lot of fun, and it isn’t expensive.”
For more information, visit www.OlympiaSquareDance.com. Or call Ed at 352-2662 or Nancy at 438-1284.