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Round dancing open house at experimental farm pavilion on Jan. 19

AMHERST – Haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet? Round dancing is a possibility.

Social dancing done to a cue, round dancing offers fitness, friendship and fun all rolled up in one activity. You are taught rhythms—the first year, waltz and two-step are featured, with figures for both rhythms. These rhythms and figures can be used at regular dances as well as on the round dance floor.

Round dancing, which began in the 50s, came from ballroom but is more affiliated with square dancing in that you dance to a cuer telling you the figures to dance and it is danced in a circle, hence the name.

Round dancing, like square dancing, is danced all over the world with large square and round dance conventions overseas, and in the United States and Canada. Every province has at least one convention a year, although we, in the Maritimes, tend to include all three provinces in our convention.

To sum it up, here is a quote from long-time dancer Frank O’Blenis, “Round dance class is great exercise, not only physically but mental as well. It is also a wonderful way to socialize. Lois and I have been dancing for 28 years and gliding across the floor with your spouse to good music is about as much fun and enjoyment you can have on a night out.”

So if you and your partner would like to see what it is all about, join is at the Experimental Farm Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

The open house is free.

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