June 29, 2017
Time for a little Cha Cha
Fraser Valley's big swing
Brian Elmer,Square Dance BC/Photos
Participants at a past provincial
Festival danced outside for awareness.
July 6, close to 400 dancers will converge on buildings at the
Cloverdale Rodeo Grounds for 3 days of dancing at Festival 2017. The
Festival is a biennial event of the non-profit British Columbia
Square & Round Dance Federation.
It’s both for learning and for fun and they’ll be enjoying today’s
style of square dancing as well as round dancing, which is
choreographed ballroom steps directed by live cues. This is a
“Mini-Festival” whereas larger ones incorporate other dance forms
like clogging and contra dancing.
The Festival will be a living kaleidoscope to watch because, whether
it’s square dancing or round dancing, the dancers all move in
Moves like Jagger.
The modern form of these
dance styles has evolved from more simplistic, memorized routines to
interesting choreography with endless combinations.
Now you learn the moves
then the caller or cuer directs you through the sequences.
The Cloverdale Recreation Centre will house the round dancing while
the nearby Shannon Hall and Alice McKay building will be bouncing to
square dancing with rounds interspersed at times.
doors will be open to spectators for only $2 to attend any or all
Dancing is scheduled with meal breaks in select halls morning
through night starting Thursday afternoon, July 6. It’s suggested
that evenings from 7:30 to 10:00 are the best times when most
dancers will be on the floor enjoying both square and round dancing
in two of the three halls.
Those wanting to see only round dancing can do so daily from 3:45 to
4:45 at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre plus 11 to noon Saturday
morning, July 8, in Shannon Hall. 14 different “programmed rounds”
will be featured during those hours on each occasion. Rhythms will
include two-step, waltz, cha cha, rumba, jive and tango, to name a
region dancers perform at a closing ceremony in promotion of their
Vancouver Convention the next year.
The dancers have pre-registered from all parts of B.C. and others
are coming from nearby provinces and states.
Assured they’re ready, co-chair of the Festival, Wendy Krueger of
Abbotsford, says confidently “our committee has done a fabulous job
from promoting to programming as well as arranging hotel and RV
accommodations, decorating, ceremonies and more… let the fun begin.”
three days of dancing with multiple entertainers is a big task that
has involved three different coordinators. A total of 43 presenters
will entertain; 18 round dance cuers and 25 square dance callers of
who 6 also cue rounds. Brent Mawdsley of Surrey, coordinating the
square dance program, enthuses ”we’re very pleased to have so many
caller/teacher/entertainers from B.C., Alberta, Washington and Idaho
ready to put on a dynamite dance.”
Two regional organizations are hosting: Fraser Valley Square & Round
Dance Assn. and the Vancouver & District Caller Teachers Assn. The
event moves around the province and the last Festival in the Fraser
Valley was held at Abbotsford in 2005. Salmon Arm will host the 2019
For those interested, new dancer sessions are slated to begin this
Fall throughout B.C. with coastal and valley lessons in the planning
for Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Langley, Maple
Ridge, Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
General information about square and round dancing can be found
online at SquareDanceFun.info and or via e-mail
here directed to
or toll-free at: 1-800-335-9433.
Although created for the dance community, you’ll find details online
about the Festival, including dance schedules, photos of the
entertainers and a map showing the venues at:
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