North Country Squares opens season with free dances

MORRISONVILLE The North Country Squares Building at Clinton County Fairgrounds was overflowing with lively music and laughter the evenings of Sept. 12 and 13. It was the dancing clubs annual kickoff to the new season, which traditionally opens with two free nights of square dancing. Children and adults enjoyed the fun-filled evening, which never fails to attract newcomers into the club.

Admission into the club takes some dancing 40 to 80 hours of it! Classes will be ongoing every Wednesday and Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. from now until February. The cost is $5 per class.Once dancers graduate in February, they may become members of the club by paying annual dues of $25 and can dance free in any of the club dances, including next years classes. Many graduates come back as Dance Angels for a second year of classes and are helpful in teaching the novices and making sure all single dancers have a partner. Co-presidents Celeste Roy and Dick Crawford go out of their way to make single dancers feel welcome, as four years ago they both came to the club without a dancing partner.

Besides square dancing, the club also provides lessons in one of the oldest forms of dancing, round dancing, which predates ballroom dancing. Maureen Wall teaches Sunday afternoon round dance classes which run from 1-4 p.m. and cost $6 per class.

The club holds member dances semimonthly on Saturdays at the Squares Building. Dances are held year-round and both square dancing and round dancing are offered.

Bob LaBounty keeps the square dance classes and dances moving smoothly with his 40 years of experience as a caller and instructor. His involvement in the club goes back almost to its origin in 1961 when avid dancers Bill and Norma Harvey relocated to Plattsburgh from Connecticut. They began dancing with friends and neighbors in homes and schools until 1974 when the members, then about 40, all pitched in and built the present day Squares Building.

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