Update for Fall, 2013
fun is about
to start again!
We’re looking forward to having our dancers from last Winter/Spring return and also to meeting newcomers.
We invite newcomers to 2 free introductory sessions on Tuesday September 10th and 17th. Come try the dancing with no commitment, no obligation. It will be awesome!
12 regular Tuesday sessions will follow by registration.
two-person dances and circle mixers is Brian Elmer, familiar to
danced under our in-class school program. This season we plan to
basic “round dancing,” which is choreographed
dancing. Yes—kids can do
Contact us to inquire about joining-in:
email@example.com – 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 don’t take interest in traditional sports activities.
location is the hall
(We are not affiliated with the church.)
time is 6:00
p.m. and we continue the fun until 7:30.
We suggest that our group is most ideal for children aged 8 & up.
kids will be
considered if their parents feel that they have the attention span to
90 minutes of instruction.
We’re interested in establishing a dance session just for teens and, if there’s enough interest, will consider extending the same Tuesday evening to include a session to follow the pre-teens.
Westside Youth Team
Dance Club is a non-profit youth group that was originally formed in
2003. The club had been on hiatus for a while until a new
was identified but we re-started with good attendance in the
Now, we’re ready to help pre-teens and teens discover more of what we call Team Dancing!
ABOUT TEAM DANCING
working in teams of two or more. It's social dancing featuring a high
form of modern square dancing that requires a team of eight. It
music to which the children relate, such as tunes by One Direction,
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.
fun and laughs,
cool music and new friends that make our dance club great. We've added
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 – FEES
welcome, both boys and girls, and parents are invited to step onto the
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 carry in clean 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 registration fee is only $120 per dancer and we’re planning 12 sessions from September 24 to December 10th. A separate Winter/Spring session to start in January is also planned.
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.
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
teamwork! Of interest to parents is that team dancing is ideal
introduce young people to social graces and the values that go along
including courtesy, respect and tolerance. It's particularly good to
wholesome boy/girl relationships.
we offer serves an ever increasing need for active living among
It's a problem that the majority of kids remain sedentary during the
after-school hours. Research
going back to 2007
"a troubling association between sedentary behaviours
and increased reports of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem among
information was released in a report card on
physical activity for children and youth. It was published by the
group Active Healthy Kids Canada.
THE FUN AHEAD & SPECIAL DANCES
some basic choreographed ballroom dancing which is called round
that kind of team dancing, the direction you'll move and the steps
have been planned ahead to a particular piece of music. It’s
similar to what
you see on the tv
"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
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.
year for us because, for the first time ever, we brought the 58th
Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival to the Mount Boucherie
Complex in late April. It’s an international dance
hundreds of pre-teen and teen competitors from
INSTRUCTORS & OUR SCHOOL PROGRAM
fabulous to have 22-year old Dustin McGifford
Some kids have made the recreation a lifelong hobby. Many of today’s young and middle-aged adult B.C. square dance callers have come from teen square dance clubs.
has learned to call and teach square
dances, Dustin looks forward to sharing the fun of the activity with
youth. He’s also instructing adults in
Dustin says “the dance form is an ideal source of fun and social interaction -- as youth learn the moves and build confidence on the dance floor their growth and development, especially with regard to improved self-esteem, can be remarkable.”
There is a “curriculum” in modern square dancing but he’s sure that our kids will learn the material in accelerated fashion.
all, he wants to keep it fun!
big motivator for youth in the recreation is the Teen Square Dance
a track record exceeding 50 years. It’s an intense one-day
competition and Dustin
has competed there in many categories and is proud to own several
his efforts. He thinks it conceivable that our club could compete in
owes much to
retired caller Glen Bailie
taught square dancing in the elementary schools of the
time, Brian has
assumed calling duties to introduce our dance form in the schools and
inviting those students to the club. Sometimes, adult dancers from the
been great fun to
introduce team dancing most recently to the students at A.S. Matheson
Elementary and Black Mountain Elementary in
elementary schools for having us provide instruction in recent times,
square dance program continues this school year and teachers are
book soon! Contact Brian at the information seen below.
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.
Club is a
safe, well-supervised environment for children where they can have fun
learn an excellent dance form at the same time. Please support your
their interest in our group and their discovery of the fun, fitness and
friendship found in team dancing.
meeting you on the dance floor!
CONTACTS & MORE INFORMATION
about our club,
contact Brian and Rosalyn at 250-768-2694
promotional web page
promoting youth in square dancing, produced by SQUAREUPB.C.
the B.C. Square and Round Dance Federation, provides more general
with photos, a video and links at: