Author: Warren Livesley

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!

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!

Do you have a Times Squares T-Shirt that we can display at Peel the Pumpkin?

At the last Independence Squares fly-in I noticed a display of t-shirts from the beginning of their club to the present. It was great to see how the designs have changed over the years. It would be great if we could do the same thing for Peel the Pumpkin this year. I looked through my closet, and I have the two t-shirts pictured here (I tend to discard those I can no longer fit into. It’s depressing and I have limited closet space).

If you have a t-shirt that you’d like to have displayed for that weekend, please let me know. You can send a photo or a description to wlivesley@gmail.com. I promise to treat them gently and return them to you in the same condition that you loaned them.

Alain Buzzard hosts a new Plus Class

 

Given his colorful socks and outlandish costumes, I’ve always wondered what Alain Buzzard’s apartment looks like.  I finally got a chance to see it when he invited me to help angel the new Plus dancers whom he’s teaching in his home. Energy is high and everyone is laughing and having a good time, as Kim Norland and I help ready the new dancers to dance full Plus at our upcoming fly-in. We took this photo with everyone holding up an item from Alain’s “apartment of curiosities” at the end of our first session.

Heartfelt thanks to Alain for offering to teach the group as well as provide a space for us to dance.

Fan-tastic White Party

So nice to see so many club members and visitors from Northern New Jersey and beyond at our White Party.  Five squares of dancers, which included three squares of Advanced dancers, had a great time dancing to Dayle Hodge’s upbeat tunes and always enjoyable choreography. White fan decorations, white clothes and white food all embraced the theme. George Voorhis posted this wonderful video on our club’s Facebook page.

Michael DiBella’s share of the 50-50 was $130. Maybe we should change his nickname from “Ping” to “Ka-ching!”

Fan-tastic White Party

So nice to see so many club members and visitors from Northern New Jersey and beyond at our White Party.  Five squares of dancers, which included three squares of Advanced dancers, had a great time dancing to Dayle Hodge’s upbeat tunes and always enjoyable choreography. White fan decorations, white clothes and white food all embraced the theme. George Voorhis posted this wonderful video on our club’s Facebook page.

Michael DiBella’s share of the 50-50 was $130. Maybe we should change his nickname from “Ping” to “Ka-ching!”