Read the August minutes. Join us for a Dance Party on September 10th from 7:00 – 9:00, with Howard Richman calling, at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (130 West 30th Street two blocks from the #1 subway station at 28th Street). Look for an enhanced e-blast coming the first week of the month starting in September. Volunteers needed for the Election Committee and to be delegate to the Northern New Jersey Square Dance Association.
Read the July minutes. Plus Class will be offered for four Thursdays in September. Go Mets! Pride Night. Take me out to the ballgame! Karaoke Night for those who can sing as well as dance!
A great social event! Times Squares members and their friends are invited to attend a free 45-minute tour of the photo exhibitof the Stonewall era, Love and Resistance, at the main branch of the New York Public Library on Wednesday, April 17that 6:00 PM.
Read the latest on Stonewall 50 dance and parade.
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.
Read December’s Board minutes here.
Come meet prospective members at our upcoming Dance Party/Open House events on January 25, January 29 and February 5.
We are more than half way to our fund-raising goal of $10,000 to march in the Stonewall 50 Parade. This will be an IAGSDC march with dancers from all over the country.
The A2/C1 dances on December 20 and December 27 have been cancelled. Enjoy the holidays and dance with us again on January 3, 2109. With such a long break between dances we’ll all be roaring to dance again in the new year.
Read about Peel the Pumpkin 2018 here.
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.
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.
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.
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.