WHAT IS THIS ACTIVITY
Overview of Square Dancing, Round Dancing, Contra Dancing and Clogging
Square and contra are group dances. Square dancing is for eight persons
while contras are for six, eight or more. Round dancing is a form of choreographed
ballroom dancing with a cuer, and, like ballroom dancing, is done in
couples. Clogging, a form of step-dancing, is done by each person as an individual.
Both square and round dancing have been adapted for wheelchair dancers.
These activities are excellent for maintaining health. Women who exercise
briskly reduce potential of stroke by 20-30%.
for new dancers generally begins in September/October; some may start in
As a rule, Clubs dance once a week with periodic breaks through the year.
Most clubs dance in the evenings, but some dance during the day. The average
cost is approx. $5.00 per week per person, plus a yearly membership /association
fees which includes third party liability insurance coverage. Coffee and light
refreshments are usually available to encourage socializing.
For square and round dancing ladies are encouraged to a wear
comfortable skirt to ensure freedom for moving. If desired, dress
may change over to shorter fuller skirts along with a crinoline,
especially for square dancing. Prairie skirts are becoming more
popular. Gentlemen wear a long sleeved shirt.
are a must for all.