News & Announcements

National Square Dance Day – November 29, 2017


Square dancers from various Community Dance – Capital District Association clubs celebrate at West Edmonton Mall.

Square dancers were invited to celebrate National Square Dance Day with a dance at West Edmonton Mall at the Newcap Radio Stage from 6:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday, November 29.

It was a wonderful opportunity to gather and celebrate by having some fun on the dance floor, meeting dancers from different square dance clubs, and also dancing with members of the public who were willing to join us. Two tips were called for spectators to try out some basic square dancing, and experienced dancers in these squares reported that the new dancers thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity.


During our National Square Dance Day event at West Edmonton Mall a Mall Lockdown Drill was held.

Around 8 pm sirens started to sound and announcements were made of the Lockdown Drill. Everyone in the Mall was directed to find shelter.

The majority of the square dancers and spectators found shelter in the Sunrise Records store near the dancing stage. Then we had to find shelter within the store itself. So here we are crowded into the storeroom of the store waiting for the drill to end.

About 10 minutes later the Lockdown Drill ended and we were back on the dance floor for a couple of tips before the event ended at 8:30 pm.

All in all, it certainly added a bit more excitement to the whole evening.

-Submitted by Stephen Dufresne

Rosler 60th Anniversary!

Saturday, October 14, 2017, dancers, relatives, and friends from Saskatchewan and Alberta came together in North Battleford, SK to honour Ray & Misel Rosler on the occasion of their 60th anniversary.

Over the past thirty-some years Ray & Misel have taught square and round dancing to countless people in eastern Alberta and western Saskatchewan, and have driven thousands of kilometers supporting clubs in a wide area of the prairies. Among the many certificates presented was one from the Canadian Square and Round Dance Society (shown below being presented by Kaye Hauer on behalf of CSRDS). An evening dance of square, round, and social dancing followed the afternoon program and supperThank you to Ray & Misels daughters, Noreen & Gloria, and their families for planning the day and inviting us to share it with them.

Congratulations, Ray and Misel! We all wish you many more years of happiness together and we thank you for a lifetime of service to the square and round dance community.

Kensington Strollers and Can Tabs Project


Thank you, Kensington Strollers, for taking on such a terrific project! We often forget that such a tiny item can make such a huge difference.



This article was submitted by Audrey Eliasson.


For several years, I, along with your help, have been collecting can tabs. I deliver these to Lil and Tony who live in Castle Downs. They collect enough tabs to buy a motorized scooter for someone in need. This year’s recipient, selected by Easter Seals, was Elna, who lives at Shepherd’s Care Kensington. On October 1st she was presented with her brand new $3500 scooter.


It takes 1600 tabs to make one pound, and they receive 55-60¢/lb. It takes 9,133,328 tabs to buy one scooter, or 5708 lb.

This is a slow process but a very worthwhile cause; it literally takes years to get enough tabs to purchase a scooter. On behalf of the organizers, Lil & Tony, and Elna and seven previous recipients, Thank You for your support. Keep saving those tabs so more people in need can receive a scooter.

Thanks you,
Audrey Eliasson

Banner photos needed!


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:

Regular mail will work also:

Olive Zwierschke, Box 114, Holden, AB T0B 2C0

Hints for a good photo:

  1. Please ensure the four corners are held taut so there is minimal rippling.
  2. Make sure the camera is directly in front of the banner, and parallel to it, so that it actually looks rectangular, not trapezoidal.
  3. Don’t worry about backgrounds; I will be cropping out people who might be holding the banner. This is just a banner 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:

  • Looking for a good video? There are 34 of the very best. No need to spend hours looking on YouTube.
  • Looking for some good images to use for posters and promotional ads? There are 110+ pins to inspire you.
  • There’s a board on square dance promotions that groups the best posters and ideas.
  • Want more about the benefits of dancing? Check out the Dance Research board.

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 and set up an account. Once you have your account in Pinterest, link to the CSRDS board: 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)

Clogging (47)

Contra (95)

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)

Newsletters (16)

Nostalgia (176)

Press: Square Dance (46)

Promotion (61)

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)

If you have content you would like added to the boards, email Rachelle: or Claudia:

Vote for square dancing as one of Canada’s best 150 activities!

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!


Brownfield welcomes new Canadians!

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!