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Needham, Massachusetts




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Great Plain Squares is open! Our first dance is Wednesday September 15th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.


Covid Rules: Proof of vaccination is required for entry. Masks are encouraged but not required.

 

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Halloween Dance


Are you ready for Halloween? We are. This is a fun dance with many dancers dressing up for the occasion. It is always fun to see the outfits and the friends.


Date: October 23, 2021
Caller: Steve Park
Cuer: Harriett Clarke
Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Location: Carter Memorial Church
                  800 Highland Avenue
                  Needham MA
 
 
Halloween Dance Flyer click here

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What is Square Dancing?

We, the members of the Great Plain Squares in Needham, MA, want to share with you why we love square dancing and why we hope you will join us.

 

Square dancing is done in groups of 8 making up one square. We have a caller who is at the microphone, singing out calls that tell the dancers how to move around a square. For example, one easy call would be “all hold hands and circle left”. It gets harder (but more fun) after that. So, you have to take lessons that last about a year in order to dance with the group (which we call a “club”). Singles and couples are welcome.

 

Although we have members of all ages, there are plenty of older people. We want to be social as well as engage in dancing, so we have frequent breaks to rest and socialize. Square dancing is not a competitive activity nor is it an individual activity. We are part of a square and try to help the square be successful and happy while dancing to the caller’s instructions.

 

We give beginner lessons on Wednesday nights at Carter Church in Needham. Due to the current Covid emergency, we have decided to skip lessons for a few months so we can refresh the current group’s skills in square dancing. If you leave your email or phone we will contact you when lessons for beginners resume. The cost is under $10 per weekly lesson.

 

There is no dress code but smooth-soled shoes work better than sneakers that have rubber on the bottom. You can wear anything you like on class nights. If you come to a Saturday night dance, you might want to dress up a bit more.

 

To conclude, square dancing is great for your mood, your mind and your body. It is an activity that keeps you young as you move around in your square. It is even portable – if you visit a different state, you can dance with their square dance clubs using the same calls you learned here.

 

Questions? Call the current president Paul Howard at 781-801-0725 or paul@pkhmail.com

 


Join Great Plain Squares in the beautiful new hall at the Carter Methodist Church.


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Club Information

We are open for Dancing! Our first Wednesday club level dance will be September 15, 2021. Our first Saturday dance is will be our Halloween Dance on October 23, 2021.


Wednesday nights September through December 2021

Time to have a refresher course. What is a refresher course? A mini course for dancers who already know square dancing but have not danced for over a year. This year we will not have a new class so that we can improve everyone's skills. We especially hope our class of 2019-2020 will join us.

This September 2021 we will be starting at 7:30 and dancing until 9:30 p.m.  These times are subject to change as we progress. 


Our first Wednesday club level dance will be September 15, 2021

Our first Saturday dance will be our Halloween Dance on October 23, 2021






Directions to our club dancing location have changed. The location is the same but the exit number has changed.

New exit number is 35C off of 95/128

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Our exciting team is...




Club Caller: Bob Butler
Club Cuers: Phil Gatchell  and Scott Cohen

Wednesday night dancing is at:

Carter Methodist Church
800 Highland Avenue
Needham MA
 
Mail:

Paul Howard
102 Hillside Avenue
Needham MA 02494

E-mail: GreatPlainSquares@yahoo.com
Phone: 781-801-0725
 
Click the link for our dance schedule for specific information.




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Upcoming Events




Halloween Dance


Are you ready for Halloween? We are. This is a fun dance with many dancers dressing up for the occasion. It is always fun to see the outfits and the friends.


Date: October 23, 2021
Caller: Steve Park
Cuer: Harriett Clarke
Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Location: Carter Memorial Church
                  800 Highland Avenue
                  Needham MA
 
 
Halloween Dance Flyer click here




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Snowflake Ball

This is a great dance for the class to attend. Well club members enjoy it also. Everything you have learned during class you can now use at a real dance. The Snowflake Ball is a great dance complete with snowballs!




Date: January 22, 2022
Caller: Bob Butler
Cuer: Jim Schell
Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm 

Location: Carter Memorial Church
                  800 Highland Avenue
                  Needham MA


 

Snowflake Ball Flyer click here


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Tulip Twirl Dance


Spring has sprung and we are dancing in the tulips. Now that the snow is gone, come and put some spring into your step with our Tulip Twirl dance. Perfect way to spring into spring.

Date: March 5, 2022
Caller: Bruce McCue
Cuer: Harriett Clarke
Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm 

Location: Carter Memorial Church
                  800 Highland Avenue
                  Needham MA


 

Tulip Twirl Flyer click here




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End-of-Season Dance




The season has barely started and already we are planning the End-of-Season Dance. We are expecting this year at Great Plain Squares to be another successful year for our club. Show up at our dance and see if our predictions are fulfilled.

 

Date: June 4, 2022
Caller: Bob Butler
Cuers: Phil Gatchell and Scott Cohen
Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Location: Carter Memorial Church
                  800 Highland Avenue
                  Needham MA


End-of-Season Flyer click here


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Reading and Video Library


Did you know that even Zumba Dancers like square dancing. Check this link.

We have appeared in the Hometown Weekly. Here is an article from September 20, 2018 As we Welcomed New Members. Check this link.

Another Hometown Weekly article shows our Tulip Twirl Dance. This article is dated March 28, 2019. Click this link.

Have you ever heard "The Duo" call an exciting dance? New England Square Dance Convention 2009 in Sturbridge MA. Ted Lizotte and Paul Cote are rocking the dance floor with their "Hot to Trot" singing call. Take a look and enjoy. Click here


Everyone loves an award. The past president of Great Plain Squares received an award in 2010. It was the "Local Legend Award" This is an award given to prominent dancers that add so much to our activity. He serves an active role in square dancing and is always promoting square dancing. He is very honored to receive this award. Here is a link to his award given by the Square Dance foundation of New England. (SDFNE). Click here.


Square dancing is good for you. Read an article on WebMD that talks about the healthy benefits of square dancing. WebMD article about square dance click here.


Introduction Video click here

For Health Benefits of Dancing click here


Science Daily says Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain. Read the wonderful article that talks about this real discovery. To read the article click this link.


Have you ever seen Tractor Square Dancing? NO! Well click here for the video. Or, to see a good example of Mainstream dancing without tractors check out this Youtube video.