Update for Winter,
The weekly fun is
underway! We held two free introductory sessions in January and now the
regular Tuesday dancing is happening now through April. Our revitalized
youth dance club for pre-teens and teens is going to be awesome!
21 year old Dustin
McGifford of West Kelowna is doing a fabulous job of teaching the
dancers and his music includes the very latest pop tunes. Dustin has a
great singing voice! Also, teaching simple two-person dances and circle
mixers is Brian Elmer, familiar to students who’ve danced under
our in-class school program.
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 don’t take interest in
traditional sports activities.
Our location is the hall
at the Westbank United Church, 3672 Brown Road, just off the southbound
Highway 97 couplet in West Kelowna. (We are not affiliated with the
The start time is 6:00
p.m. and we continue the fun until 7:30.
In the future,
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.
The Westside Youth Team
Dance Club is a non-profit youth group that was originally formed in
February, 2003. The club has been on hiatus for a while until a new
caller-teacher was identified. Now, we’re ready to help pre-teens
and teens discover 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.
FEES –SUGGESTED AGE
The registration fee is
only $95 per dancer and we’re planning at least 10 sessions into
April based upon the current registration numbers. The more who
register, the more sessions we can offer.
The instruction is
progressive, so a drop-in structure is not appropriate.
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. 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. 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!”
BENEFITS OF DANCING
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.
instruction improves listening skills, cognitive skills, laterality and
socialization in young people. Also of benefit is the aerobic fitness
where a couple hours of team dancing can equal a walk of several
health benefits exist too by the fact that the fun experienced by
music and concentrating on the calls helps relieve stress, tension and
worries of the day. Success on the dance floor contributes to a young
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
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
with them including courtesy, respect and tolerance. It's particularly
develop wholesome boy/girl relationships.
dance program that we offer serves an ever increasing need for active
among children. It's a problem that the majority of kids
during the after-school hours. Research going back to 2007 reveals "a
troubling association between sedentary behaviours and increased
anxiety, depression and low self-esteem among adolescents." This
information was released in a report card on physical activity for
youth. It was published by the non-profit group Active Healthy Kids
THE FUN AHEAD AND SPECIAL DANCES
also introduce some basic choreographed ballroom dancing which is
dancing. In that kind of team dancing, the direction you'll move and
you'll take have been planned ahead to a particular piece of music.
similar to what you see on the tv show "Dancing With the Stars." We
enjoy circle mixers as well, where everybody dances at once in a big
changes partners. We also learn some special dances, like the Salty Dog
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
ceiling. We closed the dance with cake and ice cream. At one of our
parties we all danced in Santa hats, all registered dancers got a gift
treats included Christmas punch, Christmas cookies and Christmas Ice
Floats topped with red and green candies and whipped cream. In February
also held a Valentines Party, complete with decorations, a ring toss
was an exciting year for us because, for the first time ever, we
58th Annual Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival to the Mount
Complex in late April. It’s an international dance
competition that attracts
hundreds of pre-teen and teen competitors from Washington
and B.C. Several Central
competed in the schools
INSTRUCTORS AND OUR SCHOOL PROGRAM
fabulous to have 21-year old Dustin McGifford of West
teaching our group now! Dustin started
dancing with his parents as a pre-teen at age
9 and has had the opportunity over the years to see how committed youth
to the activity.
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.
Now that he has learned to call and
teach square dances, he
looks forward to sharing the fun of the activity with area youth. He
instructed adults in West
Kelowna and has
guest-called at weekend dance events, Festivals and
says “the dance form is an ideal
source of fun and social interaction -- as youth learn the moves and
confidence on the dance floor their growth and development, especially
regard to improved self-esteem, can be remarkable.”
is a “curriculum” in modern square
dancing but he’s sure that our kids will learn the material
fashion. Above all, he wants to keep it
big motivator for youth in the
recreation is the Teen Square Dance Festival, having a track record
50 years. It’s an intense one-day competition and Dustin has
competed there in
many categories and is proud to own several trophies for his efforts.
it conceivable that our club could compete in the near future.
group owes much to retired caller Glen Bailie who taught square dancing
elementary schools of the Central Okanagan
many, many years. He instructed literally thousands of students to
many schools he taught every student, including those in
time co-ordinator, Brian Elmer, assisted and handled all the bookings.
Donations from the various schools met out-of-pocket expenses and
the non-profit dance club’s treasury.
this time, Brian has assumed calling duties to introduce our dance form
schools and is inviting those students to the club. Sometimes, adult
from the Central
Okanagan area volunteer
assist with the instruction.
been great fun to introduce team dancing most recently to the students
Matheson Elementary and Black Mountain Elementary in Kelowna.
Great dancing students!
to several other elementary schools for having us provide instruction
times, including: Watson
and Chief Tomat.
in-class school square dance program continues this 2012/2013 school
teachers are encouraged to book soon! Contact Brian at the information
ABOUT OUR GROUP AND ITS PEOPLE
club is operated by volunteers from the adult square dance community in
District of West Kelowna. These volunteers give their time to support
dancers because they believe this type of dancing is a valuable social
recreation for kids. The volunteers have assisted with dance
local schools and all passed the required criminal record checks.
Dance Club is a safe, well-supervised environment for children where
have fun and learn an excellent dance form at the same time. Please
your child in their interest in our group and their discovery of the
fitness and friendship found in team dancing.
look forward to meeting you on the dance floor!
CONTACTS AND MORE INFORMATION
more information about our club, contact Brian and Rosalyn at
thank the community internet portal “Welcome to Kelowna”
for publishing our press release and
colour photos about our revitalized group at:
promotional web page promoting youth in square dancing produced by
for the B.C. Square and Round Dance Federation provides more general
information about youth involvement with photos and links at: