B.C. Square & Round Dance Federation

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June Newsletter

Sillery Award presentation to Wendy Krueger
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Dr. Blair Wallace, Sillery Award Committee
Wendy Krueger, 2024 recipient
Frank McNeil, President, BCS&RDF



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Square Dance Awareness Week
Last week of August, 2024

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“Square Dancing is the perfect exercise.
It combines all positive aspects of intense physical exercise with none of the negative elements.”

Dr. Arron Blackburn

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Something very exciting happened June 9 to 14th in salmon arm bc Fourteen callers attended a caller school, nine brand new callers from BC, 2 brand new from Alberta, and three that attend to enhance their skills and find new ways to branch out.
Seven women and seven men! Everyone came away with new skills and raring to go. Watch your regions for flash mob dances, intro to dance similar to Brent's first Fridays,new callers joining the stage with established callers, some new caller only dances , and some new clubs starting up in the fallIn fact, one person has already had a first night calling at a mini club out of her homeThis is Great news for square dancing !

Mae Fawcette
1st Vice President

Okanagan Cloggin' 9th Clogover

June, 2024
The Okanagan Cloggin' group from Kelowna/West Kelowna
had their 9th Clogover Vine Workshop in West Kelowna the weekend of June 7, 8, and 9 with 80 attendees. The workshop began on Friday night with a meet and greet/registration night to get all of the dancers together for a little bit of socialization. Clogging started early on Saturday morning with 2 halls - one for beginner/easy dances and one for intermediate dances, as well as a free "Intro to Clogging" session with 9 participants. The dance sessions went every hour with a break for lunch (served on-site) and dinner, and then re-convened for a fun dance in the evening from 7:00 to 9:30. Sunday the clogging session went from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, followed by a Sunday post-event activity of a wine tour and dinner at the Gasthaus restaurant in Peachland. Our featured instructor, Darolyn Pchajek from Winnipeg, MB kept the energetic group moving with a number of dances as well as other instructors: Barb Guenette from Nanaimo, BC; Ginny Bartes from Mesa, AZ; Mike McDow from Phoenix, AZ, Dan Rowan from Mesa, AZ; Elaine Brisebois from Cold Lake, AB; Shelley Duff from Langley, BC; and Barb Bizovie from West Kelowna. Participants were from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, Washington State, Arizona, and Nevada. The Okanagan Cloggin' group did a wonderful job hosting the event and are planning to celebrate their 10th Clogover Vine Workshop in 2025 on June 6,7 and 8. Let's keep dancing!

Region 1 will be hosting some larger events/dances in May.   Any one of the events will be dances that everyone and anyone will want to attend.   Please see our website to see the exact times and location of the Spring Round Up, The big Birthday Bash (Country Cousins & Mavericks) as well as the Joint LVIWSRDA/UVISRDA dance with John Corrigan calling.   https://region1.squaredance.bc.ca  Until we see or hear from you further,
Gary Weeks
Director at Large Region 1
The clubs up in the interior, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kamloops and even Williams lake are intrigued by Brent's first Friday dances, so much so that a group of us are heading down to check out in person his may 3rd dance
We hope to take in the Chilliwack dance the next day.
It's soo nice to be able to travel again, gas prices Are high, but having Lyle and Diane O'Hara graciously hosting all of us and giving us space to dry camp in their yard made it more affordable.  Yellow rocks to them both !
Sincerely Mae Fawcett
Past president of Vernon Star Country Squares
Vice President of BCSRDF
Region 2 has recently presented Joe Witiuk with a 5 score badge at the Stardowners Trifle Dance.
Joe is 100 years old and still dancing. The B.C. Square & Round Dance Federation will be presenting Joe with a Recognition Certificate for still dancing at 100.
See the Region 2 report to the AGM with a photo of Joe and the 2 presenters of his 5 score badge.
End of March 2024
The Northern Twisters Square
& Round Dance Club Prince George
 (Region 5) has 40 members, 12 who also dance PLUS and most of those dance A1 & A2. (Instructor Lorne Paulson on Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Our SSD and Mainstream Caller is Gys Koops. Guest Callers are Dolores Young from Vanderhoof and Jolanda Van Dyk.
Our Round Dance Cuer is Gary Dean. 
A usual night has 2 or 3 squares and 4 to 8 Round dancers.
At the end of May six Beginners will graduate from the Social Square Dance program. They are all from one family, the youngest aged 7. 
We continue to meet on Monday evenings September to May plus once a month in June, July, and August,  from 7 to 9 at Trinity Downtown, on 5th and Brunswick, previously called Knox United Church. 
Our annual schedule includes several Theme nights and a few potlucks. 
President Dolores Young
Vice President Glenda Matthews
Treasurer Loretta McKinnon 
Secretary Julie Skead
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