Dare to be Square West – Seattle, WA – Dec. 12-14, 2009

by admin on December 14, 2009

Dare to be Square Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

Dare to be Square Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

I am attending Dare To Be Square-West.

In 2007 and 2008 the event was held in Portland, Oregon.

This year it moved north to Seattle, Washington for a weekend of square dance and music workshops, lots of dancing, musicians jamming, and tons of fun!

I’d come to Seattle for a two-fer: the first ever Techno-Contra Dance – West which was a wonderful bonus for my long-time plan to be here for Dare To Be Square – West…

The Dare To Be Square – West… event is a wonderful weekend-PLUS of old-time music by The Small Wonder String Band and The Tallboys with calling by Bob Dalsemer. The event was squares-only which meant a lot of contra dancers didn’t attend … but the ones who did were treated to hot dancing with close to 75 dancers under the age of 30.

Dare to Be Square - West - (2009 Seattle, WA)

Dare to Be Square - West - (2009 Seattle, WA)

If you want to know the shape of cutting edge dancing these days, it’s definitely square.

The kids were rough and reminded me of prairie dogs popping up and down on the floor but the energy and enthusiasm at the Seattle Richard Hugo House that weekend was exciting and inspiring.

Dare to be Square ~ Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

Dare to be Square ~ Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

Strangely, the universe must have known that big things were brewing that weekend because there was an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal about the new interest in square dancing . You can read it here.

The article’s poorly researched and mixes up our grassroots dances with club dances but the point is clear — the dance revolution is coming.

Dare to be Square ~ Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

Dare to be Square ~ Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

Dare to be Square ~ Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

Dare to be Square Photo Courtesy of Doug Plummer

It has been my passion for more than 20 years to get the word out that traditional American dancing is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. If that means dancing to techno music or corralling prairie dogs I am ALL FOR IT. I am also mentoring new callers like the fabulous Cory Marie Podielski and continuing to teach family dancing for parties and fundraisers and also in the classroom. I have an artist-in-residence gig coming up in April 2010 in Sitka, Alaska. And I will continue to bring more and more pictures to my websites to show those who have not yet found the magical world of Contra and Square Dance ~ the truth.

Dare to be Square ~ Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

Dare to be Square ~ Photo courtesy of Doug Plummer

The truth is, that anyone who wants to push themselves away from that stupid TV for one night, show up for a wonderful evening, lower their stress, laugh, smile, and have a kick-ass good time, will be found at MY Dances! Where am I next? Bookmark this site or go to: caldancecoop.org

SEE YOU AT THE DANCE!

While I don’t have a Dare To Be Square Video to share
here is the other super-fun dance venue from this weekend: Techno-contra West…

Doug Plummer Video

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