“Thank you Betsy” by Richard Bearse from the May 1996 issue of Times Squared

After all these years, and we’re still saying “Thank you Betsy!”

Dear Editor:

I had vowed a couple of years ago to stop writing letters to the editor, after my lover almost handed my head to me on a platter for being too quick to criticize. However, this is one letter that I feel must be written, es­pecially by me.

The topic, is Betsy Gotta, and the subject is giving credit where credit is due. Having just completed her Plus class, all I can say is that she is one classy lady! All the way through the class I was constantly amazed at her de­gree of patience and great professional­ism. Not once did I see her lose her composure, or appear irritated. I’m sure many would agree that many times she would have been justified in being less patient.

Week, after week, Betsy Gotta stood up on that stage in front of a wide range of multiple personalities with varying moods and different learning abilities, and demonstrated what the word “professionalism” is all about. Ev­ery student was treated with respect. Her humor was never cruel or at some­one else’s expense. Betsy didn’t stand up on that stage to prove how good she is or to stroke her ego. She stood up there to teach. And, teach she did! The enthusiasm and mastery of the class bears testament to her talent as both a caller and a teacher.

Not once did I hear anyone say any­thing negative about Betsy, which I think is unusual in a diverse group such as ours. Reason? In my opinion there just wasn’t a reason to say anything ex­cept nice things about a great instruc­tor!

I’m sure I speak for the vast major-ity, if not all, of the Plus class when I say, thank you Betsy — you were fabu­lous — just marvelous!

-Richard Bearse

“You Know You’re Hooked When” by Guy Leighton from the October 1992 issue of Times Squares

Square dancing is not a disorder. Even though you might exhibit almost all of the symptoms below.

You Know You’re Hooked When:

You walk into a room and figure out how many squares would fit

Your wardrobe changes to boots, bolos and cowboy hats

You think “Slide-Thru” when walking through a crowd

Your calendar consists of Fly-Ins and Barn Dances

You start listening to Country and Western music

You stop thinking of “Spread” in terms of sex

You change your sex and like it (become BiDansual)

You have a collection of Fly-In tee shirts

You wear out your badge, so it won’t stay on

You’ll go to a straight dance convention (and like it!)

You know who the Honky Tonk Queen is

You start carrying a bandana and a water bottle

You can’t wait until Club Night

Thank you all so much for getting me hooked!


Guy Leighton

Times Squares Board Minutes for August Available Now

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.

“Club Unity” reprinted from the May 1987 issue of Times Squared

Wait a minute . . . there were concerns about club unity when we only danced two levels?!?

In response to a letter received from a dissatisfied member, there was a discussion regarding a growing separation between club members who dance at different levels, (Mainstream/Plus), and how club unity could best be encouraged. The Board felt that the new club night format – 2 Plus tips interspersed among Mainstream tips was one way of discouraging the division. The upcoming merge of class and club could also be an appropriate time to encourage “lapsed” members to return to active membership.

“Club Shirts” reprinted from the December 1987 issue of Times Squared

Be grateful for the club shirts that we have.

Carl Bleiweiss presented to the board a few examples of possible club shirts which he had designed. He suggested that the club could purchase white tux shirts and suspenders and have club volunteer sew on fringe and appliques. A rough sketch of the proposed shirt is seen below. If you have any comments or suggestions please speak with Carl about them.

“Fees-ible” by Steven Skyles-Mulligan reprinted from the June 1998 issue of Times Squared

Don’t you just hate to look at past fee schedules!

The bad news is fees for regularly scheduled club events (club nights and Friday’s A/C dances) are going up. The club’s continued financial problems have made this necessary. The good news is, if you support a lot of club activities, you won’t even notice it. Here’s how the new fee structure (effective June 1st) will work:

  • Member admission rises to $7 (from $6)
  • After you’ve come to seven events, the eighth is free!
  • Non-member admission rises to $0
  • Half-year membership renewals will be available for only $15

If you have any comments or concerns on this new fee structure, please speak to a member of the Board. Your input will be used when we meet in July to set fees for the next teaching year.