Ready to try something new?

Submitted by Gary & Eileen Smith

We are planning an alternative square dance program, which would allow for physical distancing, and bring back some of the socialization that we all enjoy.  This is a very different way of dancing, and will challenge the mind.  We invite you join us, to try it out, and to reconnect with other dancers you may not have seen for a long time.
WHEN:                 Sunday August 16th
TIME:                    2 PM to 3:30 PM
COST:                    Free
This program is modeled on the Zoom Square Dancing led by Lorne Smith of Calgary.  We will be dancing at the Mainstream level, although Plus dancers are certainly welcome!  You will dance as a couple, with a partner from your household, and with an imaginary couple opposite you, ‘in groups of four’. Each group will be distanced from the other groups. Singles can pair with another trusted single, or dance by themselves. (Eileen will be dancing by herself.) Gary will do pattern moves for practice, and each pattern session will be followed by a singing call.  There will be breaks between tips. Our first introductory session was with a small test group, and it worked well!

WHAT TO BRING:            
1.  Wear your masks
2.  Wear your name tag
3.  Comfortable shoes, we will be on asphalt
4.  Camping chairs
5.  Water bottles
6.  Snacks for yourself, if desired
7.  Your own hand sanitizer

WHERE: Potter Greens Park – on Picard Dr. NW, located west of Anthony Henday, and north of the Whitemud.  (From westbound Whitemud, turn right (north) onto Lewis Estates Boulevard.  Take the next right onto Potter Greens Dr.  You will pass a small cul-de-sac on your left.  Take the next left turn onto Picard Dr. NW.)  We will dance on an asphalt area south of the ice rink.  There are no washroom facilities. Parking is ample, on both sides of the street.

Final plans will be weather dependent.  Each person must accept their own risk – for COVID, or otherwise.  We know that some of you may not feel comfortable coming out under any circumstances, and we understand that.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Gary and Eileen Smith
Home phone: 780 990 4042
Eileen’s cell: 780 778 3214

Round Dancers – Using Zoom Meetings to Keep Up Their Skills

Submitted by Mary and Bruce Nelson, Round Dance Instructors for Fun Steps (Edmonton) and Cue Steps (Calgary):

To all Round Dancers

We received several messages from dancers around Alberta that were into serious dance withdrawal and were looking for dance of some kind that they could do during this time of social distancing, where groups cannot get together for a dance.

We have come up with a solution, if you have space in your house that you can manage to dance in, or in your garage, or carport, or even on the driveway or back deck. As long as you can bring your computer, laptop or iPad to the area you pick to dance, you can join one of our Virtual Round Dances.  You can just click on one of the links below and join our zoom meeting dance.  If you have a webcam on your system, you will be able see yourself and other dancers and talk to each other on the break or even send a chat message to one person or to everyone. If you don’t have a webcam you can call in and listen to the dance.

Bruce and Mary Nelson are hosting virtual round dancing three evenings a week until August.  The links for the different evenings are noted below.

Hope to see you at a dance soon.

Phase II

Friday evenings at 7:30 MDT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 2649 8953

Phone: 587 328 1099

Use this link to log into Phase II dances every week.

Phase III

Monday evenings at 7:30 MDT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 844 2804 8307

Phone: 587 328 1099

Use this link to log into Phase III dances every week.

Phase IV

Tuesday evenings at 7:30 MDT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 9664 5598

Phone: 587 328 1099

Use this link to log into Phase III dances every week.