Update for Spring, 2014
The weekly fun is underway!
There’s still time to join us and have loads of laughs!
We offer 90 minutes
of dancing every Tuesday night for a small fee and it’s awesome!
Every week there’s free popcorn!
Brian Elmer of West
Kelowna is the instructor and he’s been really busy in
His music includes some great pop/rock tunes.
We also teach some simple
two-person dances and circle mixers.
We plan to introduce some basic “round dancing,” which is choreographed ballroom dancing.
Yes—kids can do it!
Contact us to inquire about joining-in:
firstname.lastname@example.org – phone: 250-768-2694
THE BASIC DETAILS
The kind of dancing that we enjoy is not hard. It’s based upon today’s style of square dancing in which the only “step” is to walk. It can be the perfect thing for those kids who aren’t interested in traditional sports activities.
We’re grateful to
have a special arrangement with Lil’ Sproutz Clothing Boutique in
Unit #24, 2475 Dobbin
Road (the Highway 97 northbound couplet), right next door to the Buck or Two.
The start time is 6:00 p.m. and we continue the fun until 7:30. We break half-way through for water and free popcorn.
The admission is only $5 per dancer.
We suggest that our
group is most ideal for children aged 8 & up. Younger kids will be
considered if their parents feel that they have the attention span to focus on
90 minutes of instruction.
We’re interested in establishing a dance session just for teens and, if there’s enough interest, will consider a session to include them.
The Westside Youth Team Dance Club is a non-profit youth group that was originally formed in February, 2003. The club had been on hiatus for a while until a new caller-teacher was identified. Now, we’re ready to help pre-teens and teens discover more of what we call Team Dancing!
ABOUT TEAM DANCING
Team Dancing involves working in teams of two or more. It's social dancing featuring a high energy form of modern square dancing that requires a team of eight. It presents lively music to which the children relate, such as tunes by One Direction, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and others.
For the younger ones, we have tunes like Gummi Bear and Hamster Dance. We'll also introduce some 2-person dances.
It’s awesome fun and laughs, cool music and new friends that make our dance club great. We've added special effects lights that create a disco-style show with coloured beams that move to the music. We’ve introduced our light show every day of our school program. See our "School Program" category on this web site for more information.
SUGGESTED AGE – ATTIRE
Newcomers are very welcome, both boys and girls, and parents are invited to step onto the dance floor and learn too.
It's family-style dance fun -- and fitness too!
No previous dance
experience is necessary. The suggested minimum age is 8 years old
because we find that this kind of dancing requires a good attention
span. If parents of a younger child know that he or she has the ability
to concentrate for the 90-minute instruction period, their child will
be welcomed. We encourage you to car pool with your friends to make it
fun to travel to the dance and save on gas too.
Just come as you are in
comfortable clothing and shoes that will not leave marks on the
floor. The dancing that we do requires that you listen carefully
to the instructions, so bring your “listening ears!”
The instruction is progressive, so a drop-in structure is not appropriate.
BENEFITS OF DANCING
Kids like this kind of dancing just for the fun of it but parents see how it benefits a child's physical and mental health and social interactivity. The instruction improves listening skills, cognitive skills, laterality and general socialization in young people.
Also of benefit is the
aerobic fitness element where a couple hours of team dancing can equal
a walk of several kilometres.
Mental health benefits exist too by the fact that the fun experienced by moving to music and concentrating on the calls helps relieve stress, tension and the worries of the day. Success on the dance floor contributes to a young person's self-esteem and builds a positive outlook.
Today's kind of square
dancing fits perfectly under the "Team Dancing" title because you have
to co-operate with seven other dancers in order to be successful--it's
teamwork! Of interest to parents is that team dancing is ideal to
introduce young people to social graces and the values that go along
with them including courtesy, respect and tolerance. It's particularly
good to develop wholesome boy/girl relationships.
The dance program that we offer serves an ever increasing need for active living among children. It's a problem that the majority of kids remain sedentary during the after-school hours. Research going back to 2007 reveals "a troubling association between sedentary behaviours and increased reports of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem among adolescents." This information was released in a report card on physical activity for children and youth. It was published by the non-profit group Active Healthy Kids Canada.
THE FUN AHEAD & SPECIAL DANCES
We’ll also introduce some basic choreographed ballroom dancing which is called round dancing. In that kind of team dancing, the direction you'll move and the steps you'll take have been planned ahead to a particular piece of music. It’s similar to what you see on the tv show "Dancing With the Stars" but a lot easier. We enjoy circle mixers as well, where everybody dances at once in a big circle and changes partners. We also learn some special dances for extra fun.
At our club, our
dancers have enjoyed special cool parties! We’ve had a Halloween
party with scary decorations complete with a toy bat that flies down
from the ceiling. We closed the dance with cake and ice cream. At one
of our Christmas parties we all danced in Santa hats and the dancers
got a gift and treats including Christmas punch, Christmas cookies and
Christmas Ice Cream Floats topped with red and green candies and
whipped cream. In February we’ve also held a Valentines Party,
complete with decorations, a ring toss and prizes.
2007 was an exciting year
for us because, for the first time ever, we brought the 58th Annual
Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival to the Mount Boucherie Complex in late April. It’s an
international dance competition that attracts hundreds of pre-teen and
teen competitors from
The Festival has been a big motivator for youth in the recreation, having a track record exceeding 50 years
ABOUT OUR GROUP & ITS PEOPLE
Our club is operated by volunteers from the adult square dance community in the District of West Kelowna. These volunteers give their time to support the young dancers because they believe this type of dancing is a valuable social recreation for kids. The volunteers have assisted with dance instruction in local schools and all passed the required criminal record checks.
The Dance Club is a safe, well-supervised environment for children where they can have fun and learn an excellent dance form at the same time. Please support your child in their interest in our group and their discovery of the fun, fitness and friendship found in team dancing.
We look forward to
meeting you on the dance floor!
CONTACTS AND MORE INFORMATION
For more information about our club,
contact Brian and Rosalyn at 250-768-2694
A promotional web page promoting youth in square dancing, produced by SQUAREUPB.C. for the B.C. Square and Round Dance Federation, provides more general information about youth involvement with photos, a video and links at: