Author: Warren Livesley

Times Squares Annual Meeting 2019 Minutes Available Now

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Congratulations to Jim Babcock, Michael Coan, and Nadine Posner for being elected to the Times Squares Board. Since there was not a quorum at the meeting there will be a run-off election online through Survey Monkey to fill the last seat.

Also read about the discussions about outreach, advertising and new club shirts.

There is also more information about our celebration of Stonewall 50 including a Friday night dance called by Anne Ubelacker and our participation in the Gay Pride March.

Toronto’s Triangle Squares hosts Pearl Promenade Fly-in

Pearls, Pearls, and more Pearls

Times Squares members Bill Wolff, Kian-Lam Kho and I attended Triangle Squares’ “Pearl Promenade” fly-in over Memorial Day in Toronto. Everyone was very friendly and we had great fun dancing to Vic Ceder and Don St. Jean, their club caller.

What really impressed me were the decorations. It was a weekend of pearls, pearls, and more pearls. The gym at the school where we danced was cut in half with one door leading to one hall and the adjacent door to the other. The doors were decorated like St. Peter’s pearly gates and you were ushered into square dance heaven by one of the angelic callers. The gym walls themselves were painted with silhouettes of athletes who wore pearl accessories for the weekend.

The Pearly Gates

In the hallway there was a photo spot where you could dress up like the Girl with the Pearl Earring by the Dutch Golden Age painter,  Johannes Vermeer.

The Girl (?) with the Pearl Earring

DREAM 2018

Over one hundred dancers attended DREAM 2018 (Dancers Recruiting Educating and Motivating) sponsored by the NNJSDA last Saturday. Six Times Squares members attended including Susan G., Marshall B., Jeff E., Peter S., Kian K. and me. There were also three dancers from our sister club in Philadelphia, Independence Squares. I attended two workshops. The first was given by Roy Gotta and addressed ways to talk “up” square dancing. When he gave examples of how we often talk about our activity to non-dancers, I cringed a little because that’s exactly how I talk. When he rephrased what we often say, I was amazed at how much more positive it sounded! The other session I attended was about Graduation and Graduation Ceremonies. The presenter shared an online article, Abandoning Graduation Ceremonies, that suggested that we do away with graduation ceremonies altogether as it gives new dancers a convenient opportunity to stop dancing. One club in the NNJSDA has its graduation ceremony three weeks before the last class so that the dancers have to come back to finish the lessons.  

Boxer Day Dance – December 26, 2017

The holiday season is not over until the members of Times Squares get to don their boxer shorts and show a little leg. Four squares had a great time dancing to Howard Richman’s lively calling to exercise away some of those extra calories we all put on at this time of year.

Here’s an interesting take on the night’s theme. A t-shirt with a “boxer” dog.

Independence Squares Celebrates the Holiday with their Glitter Ball

For the first time in many years a full square of Times Squares dancers traveled to Philadelphia for Independence Squares’ holiday dance, The Glitter Ball. Our members ranged the full gamut from Mainstream to C-1, and no matter what level they danced everyone had a great time. Dayle Hodge was at his peak and did some fancy calling that was fast and fun. The Philly club has decided offer pot luck dinners only at special events like this one. The food was abundant and there was a vast array of desserts. I tried everything that had even a hint of chocolate. Sharing a meal is such a good way to meet new people and spend quality time with old friends.  Maybe Times Squares should try to reinstitute a pot luck event once or twice a year. If you want to become a really good dancer, you need to have floor time to perfect your skills. This is one of the best fun ways to improve. As the holidays roll around next year, think about asking one of the dancers who attended this year if you can go with them. I know there was space for more people in the cars that went down last Saturday night. And they still charge only  $10 admission!