7 days witout dance makes one weak
Square dancing and teen blogs
February 10, 2004

Here's a reference to square dancing in a blog from Kiersten aka surfbaby:
we started square dancing in gym. hahaha our square is by far the worst in the entire period. it's me, jen, leah, and some girl anne who somehow got into our group. geh, well i don't care, shes extremely quiet but seems nice enough.. but the guys in the square are just odd. (we got last pick on guys since jen, leah, and i were busy trying to figure out why anne was in our group instead of lauren, and we ended up with those fools.) i think they're scared of girls. the mexican in my corner like refuses to make eye contact with me. rawr. that gets me angry. stupid kid, his last name rhymes with his first. who does that.

bahhh.. our group got in trouble today for being the worst. hah it was kinda funny. mr. laycock tried to speed our group up since we were like 12 moves behind every other group, so when chris had to courtesy turn me or whatever he did it incredibly fast and almost threw me into the bleachers. hahaha, i laughed. mr. laycock didn't.

And here's Joyceline aka Faithful Skeptic:
Our gym class began the square-dancing unit today. Need I say more? It's actually not as horrible as some may perceive it to be. It's funny to watch the freshmen sometimes. It's like they're still in their "cootie" phase. (The guys especially.) They'll casually tuck their hands into the sleeves of their baggy shirts. Or they'll go into robot mode or something, and they'll offer their hand to their partner in a way so that they cannot clasp their fingers.

The upperclassmen are a different story. Unlike most of their freshman counterparts, they can get really into it. Clapping their hands, stomping their feet to the music, singing along. Of course, being in a group with those kind of people makes the experience considerably less painful, and maybe somewhat enjoyable. (In a sick and twisted sort of sense...)

They say that this square dancing session is supposed to "enhance our social skills with the opposite sex." Mmmhmmm....square dancing is definitely the ultimate aphrodisiac. That stetson and those overalls are enough to drive any girl off the wall.

Jennie at Kill the Drama reports on square dancing at a Y camp:
we went back to our cabins to change out of our clothes and went back to the main hall to...square dance. which was actually very very very fun. ahh. it was chaotic, tho, cuz we were all very bouncy and uncooperative. the obese square dancing man was an arse, too. my partner was tim and everyone was split in two sides. and we did the square dancing thing for like half an hour non stop or something. all we did was run around and 'dosie-doe 'round yer partner...'
I wonder if "square dancing man" equals "caller"...

Moonmaster25 is getting tested:
Tomorrow at my school we are having a test in our skill of square dancing. Tkis test actually counts for our grade too!! I am nervous and happy at the same time. I am having a nice 3-day weekend though. I hope my good friend (who is part of my square )  can shape up for our test, she was absent on Friday the day we reviewed.

Caitie says (about square dancing in high school):
I have found that -even now- a lot of people have a hard time getting out onto the dance floor. Some weird middle school phobia extended into early adulthood.

Maybe they shouldn't have taught us square dancing in middle school gym class... How is square dancing relevant in today's society? I've never been to a place where people square dance to Outkast. (Would I go to one, though? You better believe it. Store that experience away to mortify my grandchildren)

All I'm saying is that they should have taught us a more applicable form of dance in gym class... THEN people might not be so scared to get out on the floor and shake their thang.

Shake it like a polaroid picture. It's fun. Do it for you.

Why is Square Dance being taught at schools?
Tomas "Doug" Machalik (doug@square.cz) February 11, 2004 06:53:11 AM

I have never understood reasons for teaching kids at schools how to Square Dance (however, I live in Europe where most people don't know about SD at all). Based on what I have heard and read, I made a sad picture of PE teachers (who are probably competent in teaching sports and games, but definitely not in teaching SD in most cases) forcing the pupils to do something they absolutely don't like to do because the teachers are not able to make it interesting for them (all people have negative prejudices and resistance towards things that are presented as mandatory, especially at schools). I believe the result of this is a totally negative attitude of young people towards Square Dance. Of course, some of them can probably override this feeling when they grow older but the vast majority is simply lost for SD.

In my area (Czech and Slovak Republic - Central Europe), the average age of dancers is slowly growing - I believe it is a little bit under 30 right now (of course, this also has some negative points). When I have started dancing (in 1995), a considerable number of dancers were university and high-school students. I strongly believe SD is attractive for young people if it is presented in an interesting way. (Of course, their preferences are different - as far as I can estimate, most young dancers prefer puzzle-solving choreography with modern music, while older dancers tend to prefer social aspects of dancing and music that was being played when they were young.)
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