We are expecting the first snow storm of the season in New York City. It promised to be a messy wintery wet snow, and the rain later will make traveling even more treacherous. We’ve decided to cancel the Advanced/C1 workshop tonight. Be safe and stay warm everyone!
Overheard at our recent dance:
“I forgot how much fun it is to be surrounded by squares and dance in a full hall.”It was all hands on deck as Times Squares hosted a Bon Voyage dance for a group of dancers from California the night before they set sail on a Fall Foliage cruise up the east coast to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The trip’s organizer, square dance caller David Mee, and four squares of travelers joined us for the dance. David offered to call, and it’s always great to dance to a new caller. His calling was challenging without being overwhelming and he has a great singing voice. We hope he returns to New York soon, so we can dance to him again. Kudos to George Voorhis for all his hard work to make this event such a success. The hall was decorated beautifully with bon voyage banners and luggage with stickers from far off destinations. And the cake was delicious.
Read about our October meeting. Business cards are available to hand out. See you archangel for them. Fly-in registrations are much ahead of last year. There is a courtesy van from the Manhattan Midtown Hilton to the hotel in Fort Lee. Reserve a seat here. The Election Committee is forming. Contact Lester Strong if you want to join the committee or run for a slot on the board.
Read about our September meeting. Susan Gill and Alain Buzzard have agreed to be Archangels for the A2/C1 Thursday dances. Read about our proposed Blast Mainstream Weekend for Spring 2019. A committee is forming to find ways to standardize our club shirts. Talk to any board member if you want to volunteer.
Read the minutes here. Call for volunteers to join a committee to standardize our uniforms. Also we need volunteers to act as Archangels for both Tuesday and Thursday nights. Many thanks to David Kampel and Kim Norland for all their hard work to ensure that our club runs so smoothly! Also read about our fall schedules.
Plans are underway for Times Squares to participate in the Stonewall 50/World Pride celebrations. Read the minutes here to find out about our proposed participation in the Pride Parade 2019 and our World Pride Square Dance as part of the Chain Down the Coast activities leading up to the IAGSDC Convention, Belle’s Run, in Philadelphia. We are also planning social activities that do not include square dancing so that we an get to know each other better.
Times Squares Board Minutes for April 2018, May 2018 and June 2018 are now available. April Minutes announce an increase in fees for A2/C1 dances from $10 to $15 starting in the Fall to cover operating expenses. We are in the process of purchasing a sandwich board to place on the sidewalk in front of PS 3 on the evenings we dance. May Minutes announce results of our automated attendance procedures. Times Squares will offer a dance as part of Chain Down the Coast, a series of events from Boston to Philly before the IAGSDC Convention in Philly in July 2019. We will also host a Bon Voyage dance for a group of dancers who will be joining a square dance cruise leaving from Bayone, NJ in September. David Mee, the sponsor/caller will be calling for us that evening. June Minutes feature a proposal by the DC Lambda Squares that we jointly sponsor a fly-in in 2019.
Our friend Nivia Cruz has died. A square dancer of indomitable spirit, she brought gaiety to every occasion, and to many Times Squares events. Born in Cuba, she was raised in Holguin, a city in the province of Oriente. As a young girl, she came to this country and met fellow Cuban Tom Alamo, with whom she had a lifelong friendship of laughing and dancing. Nivia was a wonderful cook and an enthusiastic hostess. She loved entertaining a constant flow of friends at the weekend home in Pennsylvania she shared with her long time love, and eventual wife Nadine Posner. This home provided Nivia a platform for themed parties, cookouts, dinners and many warm memories. When not square dancing, Nivia enjoyed dancing Salsa a few times a week. Sometimes on the same Saturday night, she would finish a Combo Dance at PS3, only to head uptown to Salsa the night away with Nadine. It can be truly said that Nivia was a party girl as she used any excuse to have one, including snow storms, hurricanes and blackouts. Times Squares will surely miss Nivia’s generous spirit, engaging laugh and joy of living.
If you care about the fate of Times Squares, but don’t know what to do, here’s an opportunity to learn how to help. The Northern New Jersey Square Dance Association is hosting a day of seminars and workshops entitled: DREAM 2018 – Dancers Recruiting, Educating, And Motivating. The workshops start at 1 PM on Saturday, May 5th in Clark, NJ and will be followed by an evening of dancing with callers Mike Kellogg, from California, and our own Betsy Gotta. Click here for full details. Many of the workshops directly address issues crucial to the fate of our club. For example, Retaining Your Dancers and the Social Aspects of Square Dancing (Beyond the Dance Floor) will discuss how you balance activities for both new and seasoned dancers that build social relationships crucial to continued growth. With so many things to do in New York City, retention is a big concern for our club. Do you ever get strange looks when you mention that you square dance? Talking “Up” Square Dancing, will share strategies for encouraging friends and colleagues to take lessons and join a club. Enticing Club Members to Become Leaders. Many clubs have folded despite good attendance and a healthy treasury because no one wants to help run the club. Learn how to reframe the tasks so that dancers don’t arrive as the first tip starts and leave just before cleanup. As Times Squares’ membership shrinks so does the number of dancers willing to lead the club. To Graduate or Not: Alternatives and Solutions is a roundtable discussion of approaches to respectfully handling the faithful new dancers who may not be “ready to launch” at the conclusion of the lessons. A struggling graduate is more likely to drop out than continue. If you’ve decided to take a more active role in supporting Times Squares this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the issues surrounding our club’s survival. If you need transportation or want to register, please contact Warren Livesley at email@example.com.