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Summer Fun Dances

Now you've graduated from your long winter of dance lessons and can't seem to get enough dancing in, we have a little something extra to share with you: In collaboration with our local clubs, your Council is sponsoring five free dances this summer.** Casual attire is fine at these two-hour square-dance-only dances. All dancers, both old and new, are welcome. So, hone your new-found skills and get to meet and dance to some of our talented local callers! See you in a square. (** Optional donations will be accepted for Toys for Tots.)

Our Friendship Dangle Gets a New Look...

Bright yellow with black letters boasting Friendship Hands Across COCDC. Dancers can earn this dangle by attending a club dance at all ten-member clubs during a one-year period. Now that COCDC has grown and has ten active Plus level clubs, the form has been revised too. A club officer must sign and date the form at each new club dance you attend. When you've gotten all ten signatures, give the completed form to a COCDC Council Representative to receive your dangle! Spread the Friendship of Western Square Dancing throughout Central Ohio!

This Month in Central Ohio Square Dancing

Dear Dancers,

This Dances of the Month will be the last that I will routinely send out to everyone. I will continue to forward emails I receive about cancellations and changes in callers, cuers, and locations, along with other dance related information that I believe to be of interest to dancers.

The information about scheduled dancers that I have been sending out is readily available on two different websites: this Central Ohio Corporation of Dance Clubs (COCDC) site,, and also on the new site that Ray Owens has created, You really do not need for me to send out the dance schedule when it is easy to find on either website, and is also available in Cues & Tips magazine and in the annual Central Ohio Western Square & Round Dance Schedule produced and distributed by COCDC.

If you have not checked out, be sure to take a look. Ray has been busy taking photos and videos at local dances and also at the Ohio and National Square Dance Conventions, and has shared them with all of us. He has added dance related information and links to other dance sites. This new site is colorful and entertaining, and will keep current dancers well informed and hopefully also attract new, younger dancers when they see how much fun we have.

Currently, Rob Stampfli is maintaining the COCDC website that he created and has maintained for us for years (, but sometime this fall the Central Ohio Corporation of Dance Clubs will be totally transitioning to Ray Owens’ Columbus Square Dance site. We are grateful to Rob for all of the work and the fine job that he has done for COCDC and the Central Ohio dance community over the years. Thank you, Rob!

With that being said, below is a list of opportunities for mainstream or plus level square dancing in Central Ohio through July 31st. Other dance information (including information about higher level square dances, round dances and dance instruction) is available on this COCDC website ( or, and also at

Sunday, July 15 – Little Brown Jug Beach Party Dance at Eagles Lodge # 376, 127 E William St, Delaware, from 2 to 5 PM. Caller: Dick Mackey. Cuer: Chuck Berry.

Sunday, July 15 – Friendly Ties at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Callers: Ed Laudenschlager/Gary Kincade. Cuer: Chuck Berry. Celebrating Ed and Faye Laudenschlager’s 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Wednesday, July 18 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.

Wednesday, July 18 – Hi-Timers Chillin’ & Grillin’ Dance at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. (Early rounds at 7 PM.) Caller: Ed Laudenschlager. Cuer: Chuck Berry. The potluck meal will start at 6:30 PM. The club is providing hotdogs, hamburgers and the fixins to go with them. Dancers are asked to bring a side dish to share.

Friday, July 20 – Orbiting Squares Christmas in July Dance at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 8:00 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Jason Raleigh. Cuer: Linda Warren. We will be collecting paper goods, cleaning supplies and money for the Gahanna Community Congregational Church. (Toilet tissue and liquid hand soap are especially needed. They currently do not need more paper towels.). We invite all of the dance groups using the Gahanna Community Congregational Church and all of the dancers who enjoy dancing there to help show our appreciation to this church.

Sunday, July 22 – HASHING IT UP WORKSHOP, from 2 to 4:30 PM. at the Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave, Columbus. Western square-dancers of all abilities are invited to a workshop for amateur and experienced callers to practice. Callers may include Ramona Willis, Larry Lim, Dave Van Dyk, Velma Doyle and others. FREE.

Sunday, July 22 – Harmony Plus+DBD at New Hope Lutheran Church, 309 W Broadway, Granville, from 2 to 430 PM. Caller: Eddie Powell.

Wednesday, July 25 – Daylight Dancers at the Martin Janis 50+ Center, 600 E 11th Ave, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Caller and cuer: Mark Johnson.

Friday, July 27 – Bucks & Does Root Beer Floats Dance at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Rd, Gahanna, from 8:00 to 10:30 PM. (Early rounds at 7:30 PM). Caller: Kristy Williams. Cuer: Chuck Berry.

Canceled: Saturday, July 28 – Grove City Western Squares at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave, Grove City, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Caller: Bob Daye. Cuer: Chuck Berry.

Keep on dancing!


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