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Mile-Hi Squares

P.O. Box  10572 ● Prescott, Arizona 86302-0572

Email:  info@Mile-HiSquares.org

Last Updated Friday, November 17, 2017


Exercise For Your Body and Mind

According to Mayo Clinic and Scan Health, square dancing health benefits include improving cardiovascular health, help to prevent osteoporosis, lower blood pressure, prevents depression, helps concentration, increases stamina and flexibility and reduces stress and tension.

 

THERE WILL BE NO LESSONS ON THURSDAY, THANKSGIVING DAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2017.


Dancing

 

 Lincoln School 

201 Park Ave, Prescott, AZ 86303

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Festival will be held at the Humboldt Unified School District HQ

6411 North Robert Road, Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314

 
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Courthouse Square

120 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303

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on the 1st Saturday of each month

Pre-rounds starts at 6:30 P.M. with Square Dancing starting at 7:00 thru 9:00 P.M.

with alternating tips of Mainstream and Plus with rounds interspersed.

Saturday night dances will be $7.00 per person.

 

Dance Schedule

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DATE
CALLER CUER REMARKS LOCATION
2017        
11/23/2017 DARK DARK No Lessons, Thanksgiving Day  
12/02/2017 Les Seely Ronnie Fontaine   Lincoln School
2018        
01/06/2018 John Sloper Barbara Lopez   Lincoln School
02/03/2018 TBA Barbara Lopez   Lincoln School
03/03/2018 DARK DARK GCSDA Festival in Phoenix  
04/07/2018 Lee Hailey Ronnie Fontaine   Lincoln School
05/04-05/05/2018 Dee Dee Dougherty Ronnie Fontaine Festival Humboldt Unified School District HQ
June (TBA) Lee Hailey   6:00-9:00 PM Courthouse Square
07/07/2018 DARK DARK Fourth of July Weekend  
August (TBA) Lee Hailey   6:00-9:00 PM Courthouse Square
09/01/2018 TBA Ronnie Fontaine   Lincoln School
10/06/2018 TBA Barbara Lopez   Lincoln School
11/03/2018 Mike Sikorsky Ronnie Fontaine   Lincoln School
12/01/2018 Jerry Junck Barbara Lopez   Lincoln School
         

 

Contacts

Position

Name(s)

Email**

Phone

President

Jennifer Jones

president@Mile-HiSquares.org

805-444-0440

Past President/Callers&Cuers

Cherie Hatzopoulos

past-president@Mile-HISquares.org

602-989-4590

Vice President

Bray Simser

vp@Mile-HiSquares.org 480-364-1916
Co-Vice Presidents Pete & Heryl Kroopnick vp@Mile-HiSquares.org 928-227-0223

Secretary

Judy Foehr

secretary@Mile-HiSquares.org

928-759-9193

Treasurer Robert Efros treasurer@Mile-HiSquares.org 928-646-9182

Assistant Treasurer

Jack Minter

treasurer@Mile-HiSquares.org

602-751-3147

Publicity & Recruitment Jennifer Jones publicity@Mile-HiSquares.org 805-444-0440
Refreshment Chairperson Valarie Eschenmann refreshments@Mile-HiSquares.org 928-379-5946
Webmaster/Email Administrator Robert Efros webmaster@Mile-HiSquares.org 928-646-9182

**If using webmail, copy email address to your email.

 

Documents

EIN

Articles of Incorporation

By-Laws amended 07-01-2016

Arizona Corporation Commission Annual Report

IRS Determination Letter

Courthouse Insurance Certificate

Humboldt School Insurance Certificate

Lincoln School Insurance Certificate


Club History

The origins of Square Dancing in Prescott go back almost to the city’s beginnings.  The initial formal group was called the “Post Card Squares” and consisted of 16 couples or 4 squares.  The name was changed in 1947 to the “Hoedowners.”   In 1948, they began performing on the Prescott Court House Square to live music.  In 1949, the club became the “Mile High Hoedowners” and established their annual “Spring Fling Jamboree”.  Their activities became so well known that in 1950 the square dancers traveled to Skull Valley for the making of the movie “Santa Fe”.  Skull Valley became ‘Dodge City’ and square dancing was part of the big celebration of the building of the railroad to Dodge City.  The club was paid $500 for their participation in the making of the movie.  A second club was started in 1952, calling itself the “Whipple Square Dance Club” and then the “Whiffle Tree Square Dance Club.”  In 1970, the two clubs joined together to become what is now known as the ‘Mile High Square Dance Club, Inc., a non-profit organization, which was incorporated in 1999.  In 2015 the Mile-High Square Dance club is celebrated it's 70th year.


Square Dance History

Square dance is an American institution.  It has been our "official national folk dance" since President Reagan signed an act of Congress in 1982.  Square dance is a folk dance with four couples (eight dancers) arranged in a square and initially done to live music.  The square dance movements are based on the steps and figures used in traditional folk dances and social dances of the various people who migrated to the USA The dances done in early America did not have a “caller,” or someone who yells out the moves to dancers, like square dancing today.  Without the announcing systems of today, in each group, there would be at least one extrovert, the hail-fellow-well-met, the life-of-the-party type, with a knack for remembering the dance figures. With typical Yankee ingenuity, the settlers let this person cue or prompted dancers in case they happened to forget what came next.  Late in the 19th century square dancing was replaced by couple’s dances like waltzes and polkas in city ballrooms. But square dancing still thrived in rural areas.  In the early 1920’s, Henry Ford became interested in the revival of square dancing as a part of his early New England restoration project.  He promoted it among his factory workers and their families. Mr. Ford sponsored square dance programs in many schools. Square dancing was also brought to numerous college and university campuses at Mr. Ford's expense. He thought having square dancing in schools helped children learn manners, exercise, values and grace. Ford sponsored a Sunday radio program that was broadcast nationwide.  Square dance especially expanded in the decade following W.W.II. Many American GIs had been introduced to square dancing at USO cantinas. After the war ended, large numbers of them turned to square dancing in pursuit of wholesome recreational activity.  Around the 1950s modern square dancing was standardized. Lessons, which are still taught today, comprise of 69 standard moves. When the Western attire of slacks and petticoats became the norm, it was considered casual compared to the formal tuxedoes and ballroom gowns of the time.  Today dancing attire is even more casual with men often wearing jeans and women prairie skirts.  Today, there are thousands of square dance clubs located in nearly every community of America. Visiting other clubs has become a major aspect. Square dancing is an excellent example of an authentic American folk custom. Its rural origins are vague, and its development and diffusion are difficult to trace.  Square dancing remains a solid and enduring piece of American folk tradition. As dancers themselves are fond of saying, "Square dancing is friendship set to music."   Square dancing is done in many countries around the world, but where ever it is held, the calls are always in English!


Member Information

 

Club Dues are $10.00 per person annually due on September 1st of each year.  Please make your check payable to 'Mile-Hi Squares' and send it along with a fully completed Contact Information Form to Mile-Hi Squares,  P.O. Box 10572 ● Prescott, Arizona 86302-0572 or bring it to the next dance or lesson. 

 

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