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Square Dance Lessons Available in February


It is time for those New Year’s Resolutions. If one of yours is to become more active this may be the perfect solution. Texas designated square dance as the official state folk dance of Texas in 1991 and area clubs are offering lessons for new dancers or refreshers for those who have been away from dancing for a while. Square dancing is simply walking at a steady pace to a called pattern with musical accompaniment. The patterns involve eight dancers turning and interacting with hands and arms in response to changing choreography that is called using a common vocabulary of action names. Square dance lessons teach you what to do when a particular action is required. Square dancing combines mental concentration with many aspects of good physical exercise including sustained activity, flexibility, balance and coordination. Dancers walk between 2 1/2 and 3 miles in a typical evening of dancing burning calories with every step. Moving continuously for 10 to 15 minutes at a time improves cardiovascular conditioning. Five-minute breaks allow dancers to socialize with others from diverse backgrounds who share a common joy. The energy put into dancing has an effect on heart rate, blood pressure, rate of calorie burn, and cholesterol profile. An article in the AARP Magazine stated that Square Dancing is known to protect against dementia, presumably because it requires multiple mental and physical skills and a study led by Joe Verghese, Neurologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, indicated that mentally challenging activities can significantly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Seniors who exercised their minds lowered their risk of developing dementia by as much as 75 percent. When and where can you learn to Square Dance? All three clubs in the circulation area of the Bandera County Courier are offering 12 week classes beginning in February so you can choose the most convenient location for you.
Kerr-Li-Q’s Square Dance Club classes will be held at the Dietert Center, Kerrville, Tuesday 7 - 8:30 pm. Contact, John Kephart at 210-454-2189.
Rock-n-Cedars Square Dance Club classes will be held at the Braden-Keller Center, Castroville, Monday 7 - 8:30 pm. Contact, Christine Conklin at 830-426-4832.
Smooth Sailing Squares Square Dance Club classes will be held at the Lakehills Area Library, Lakehills, Friday 7 - 8:30 pm. Contact, John Kephart at 210-454-2189.
We welcome all individuals and couples to come and join the fun!