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THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE:
F. William Chickering's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct
What is square dancing all about? Square dancing is all about
the pleasure of calls well executed, the pleasure of a good laugh if
square does break down, the pleasure of a social activity in a friendly
atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. To keep square dancing
we must all observe a few guideline. After all, square dancing is a
Avoid drinking and drugs that may affect your reaction time and cause
to break down a square (or even cause serious injuries). Most clubs
drinking both before and during dancing, as the smell of alcohol on the
breath can be unpleasant to others.
Start out Fresh. Shower, use deodorant, and brush your teeth. Avoid
strong smelling foods like garlic right before dancing. This may sound
corny, but it can make a big difference to your fellow dancers.
In most clubs, for each new tip dancers form new sets by squaring up
It is considered unfriendly and discourteous to pass by a forming
to look for another.
At the beginning of a new tip, introduce yourself to dancers you don't
know. Friendliness is one of the best aspects of square dance
Rule: once in a square, under no circumstances abandon it. Exception:
a medical emergency or if someone is injured, of course you should use
common sense. There is an accepted "emergency call for medical
members in a square should surround the ill or injured person with
arms to notify the caller or other persons in charge.
Help your set dance its best. Be friendly about it. If you see a need
direct a fellow dancer be sure that you are correct, and be gentle in
assistance. Think of the best interest of the group and take care not
hurt other dancers' feelings. Do not be too critical of others. This
ruin everyone's fun if it results in bickering or a condescending
Remember, we all make mistakes and the next one might be yours. Be
supportive of new dancers; without them our pleasurable pastime would
Listen to the caller. Do not talk when the caller is talking or
Not only is it rude, but all dancers may need the information offered.
F. William Chickering is a member of the Times
Square Dance Club; this is taken from an articlein
the Times Squares newsletter. It is not subject to copyright and may be
freely copied and distributed. Square dancing can be found all over the
information can be taken with you wherever you go.
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