For the published obituary please visit:
For the published obituary please visit:
Many clubs in the province are starting to celebrate significant anniversaries–40, 50, 60, even a few 65ths!
Please share your posters with all dancers by sending them to me for the website.
A few photos and a brief article after the event would also be appreciated.
Attention Clubs, Callers & Cuers – Banners Needed!
At every Convention the Banner Parade is a highlight with its wide variety of colourful and creative club, leader, and association banners. I would like to feature these banners on the website beside the club, or caller contact or association info. Callers and cuers, we consider your tablecloth to be a banner as well!
Please take a photo of your banner and email it to me: email@example.com
Regular mail will work also:
Olive Zwierschke, Box 114, Holden, AB T0B 2C0
Hints for a good photo:
(Thanks to Claudia Littlefair for this information.)
The CSRDS Marketing Committee is actively developing online resources for clubs to use in promoting our activity. Quebec committee member, Rachelle Cournoyer, has spent countless hours compiling an extensive, user-friendly Pinterest page made up of 26 boards and 1500+ pins. The boards consist of dance images, articles, videos, promotional material, and general dance information. The content is continually increasing and being updated. Anyone can access these boards and use them for their own club’s promotions.
Ways you might use this information:
The Committee’s objective is that the Pinterest page be a one-stop shop with lots of practical information.
How does it work?
A pin is usually a picture that links to a page on the web. These pins are grouped into boards, so the effect is like a bulletin board with pictures on it. You would need to become a member of Pinterest in order to see the CSRDS board. Becoming a member is easy and free: go to www.pinterest.com and set up an account. Once you have your account in Pinterest, link to the CSRDS board: https://www.pinterest.com/canadiansquarea/. As you browse through the 26 boards, if you see an image you’d like to use on a poster, click on it and the image will come up on its own page, click “copy image” and “paste” it on your poster. If you’re using a Mac, once the image comes up on its own page, Control-click the image and choose your preferred method of saving it from the pop-up list.
Current List of Boards and Number of Pins
Advanced Square Dancing (3)
Callers & Music (26)
Cued Ballroom Dancing (61)
Dance Motivation Memes (123)
Dance Research (65)
Dancing: Children & Teens (37)
Dancing: With Handicapped (13)
Great Websites (6)
History of Square Dance (94)
How To (27)
International Square Dancing (20)
New Dancers: Starting Out (8)
Press: Square Dance (46)
Promotional Videos (34)
Provincial Associations (36)
Quirky Square Dancing (20)
Rainbow Dancing (13)
Square Dance Imagery (111)
Square Dance Memes (241)
20th National Convention (7)
Traditional Square Dance (79)
For some unknown reason, when you do a search for “Square Dancing”, no choices appear, but if you just type “sq” the three activities containing those letters show up immediately, and you can vote by clicking on the icon. I hope this helps.
As of this morning, Square Dancing has been added to the Participaction list of activities. Please vote online at
Scroll down to Search/add activity, and search for Square Dancing. Click on the icon and you have cast a ballot for our favourite activity!
You may vote once a day for the next 31 days.
Let’s do our part to make sure that Square Dancing is one of Canada’s top 150 favourite activities!
On the weekend of Oct 22, the Brownfield Baptist Church hosted its International Big Country Weekend. The community welcomed a bus load of new Canadians from Calgary. Participants of all ages from an ESL school in Calgary were billeted in community homes and spent the weekend experiencing life in rural Alberta. The event began in 2004 as a result of learning that up to 92% of immigrants to Canada will never enter a Canadian home. Since then, the exciting weekend has occurred every two years in the fall.
The new Canadians and their hosts celebrated the weekend on Saturday evening with a supper and dance. With the help of the Prairie Sunset Dancers, it was an evening full of fun, laughter, music, and dancing, which included everything from Musical Chairs for all ages, to the Birdie Dance, to square dancing. About twelve countries and fifteen languages were represented this year, and everyone could square dance! The evening concluded with the Friendship Song and our classic square dancing finale saying “Goodnight!” to everyone in the hall. What two things could be any more appropriate for an occasion such as this?
Great idea, Brownfield! It was a great opportunity to celebrate new friendships and welcome newcomers to our country!
Welcome, Everyone, to the newly designed ASRDF Website, which I hope will be a valuable resource for everyone. I welcome your submissions, suggestions, comments, photos, and, of course, corrections!
I would like to thank Alex, our designer at Vital Effect, for all his ideas and work and for having the site online in a very reasonable timeline. I’d also like to thank Dave Bartlet, who capably looked after the previous website for many years.
In the news: You have all probably seen the Participaction commercial on TV about Canada’s 150th birthday next year. I have submitted Square Dancing as a favourite for the list of 150 activities. It apparently takes some time for suggestions to be approved, but in the meantime you can go to
participaction.com and keep suggesting square dancing. If/when it is added to the list you can vote once a day until December 9, 2016. Please vote if you think, as I do, that our activity is one of the best there is!