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MILE-HI SQUARE DANCE CLUB INC

A 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization

P.O. Box  10572 ● Prescott, Arizona 86304-0572

Email:  info@Mile-HiSquares.org


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.

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MILE-HI SQUARE DANCE CLUB INC is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization

 

You may make your tax deductible donations by sending your check or money order to

MILE-HI SQUARE DANCE CLUB INC, PO Box 10572, Prescott, Arizona 86304-9572

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Dancing

Dances     Lessons

 

Singles or Couples Welcome - Square Dance Attire Not Required

 

Dances on:

1st Saturday of each month (September - May) at Moose Lodge 319

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 $10.00 per person.

 

Lessons

Mainstream (Beginner) Lessons

will begin September 13, 2021 - January 17, 2022

New beginner students $95 per person for 15 weeks (1st 2 weeks are free)

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Plus Lessons

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Click here for a Flyer

$7.00 per person

at Moose Lodge 319

 

Dance Schedule

 (Click Date for Flyer)

Date(s) Caller Cuer Theme Place
09/04/2021 Garland Smith Ronnie Fontaine   Moose Lodge 319
09/13/2021 Garland Smith   Beginner Lessons Start-15 Weeks Moose Lodge 319
10/02/2021 Dennis Farrar Ronnie Fontaine Crazy Hat Dance Moose Lodge 319
11/06/2021 Mike Sikorsky Barbara Lopez   Moose Lodge 319
12/04/2021 Garland Smith Barbara Lopez   Moose Lodge 319
01/08/2022 Jerry Junck Barbara Lopez   Moose Lodge 319
02/05/2022 Dennis Farrar Barbara Lopez   Moose Lodge 319
03/05/2022 Craig Abercrombie Barbara Lopez   Moose Lodge 319
04/29-04/30/2022 Mike Hogan Ronnie Fontaine 2022 FESTIVAL Humboldt Unified School District HQ
04/28-04/29/2023 Gary Shoemake Ronnie Fontaine 20223 FESTIVAL Humboldt Unified School District HQ
04/26-04/27-2024 TBA Ronnie Fontaine 2024 FESTIVAL Humboldt Unified School District HQ
05/02-05/03/2025 Mike Seastrom Ronnie Fontaine 2025 FESTIVAL Humboldt Unified School District HQ

 

Moose Lodge 319

6501 East 6th Street, Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314

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Elks Performing Arts Center

117 East Gurley Street, Prescott, Arizona 86301

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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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Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza

120 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303

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Contacts

Position

Name(s)

Email**

Phone

President

Jennifer Jones

president@Mile-HiSquares.org

805-444-0440

Past President

David W Harris

past-president@Mile-HiSquares.org

Aloha

1st Vice President (Callers & Cuers)

Judith A Foehr

vp@Mile-HiSquares.org

928-759-9193

2nd Vice President (Students & Publicity)  Michael D Simington 2vp@Mile-HiSquares.org 928-308-6917

Secretary

Heryl Kroopnick

secretary@Mile-HiSquares.org

928-227-0223

Treasurer Robert M Efros treasurer@Mile-HiSquares.org 928-821-1400
Webmaster/Email Administrator (Non-voting) Robert M Efros webmaster@Mile-HiSquares.org 928-821-1400

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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-HiSquare Dance Club, Inc., a non-profit organization, which was incorporated in 1999.  In 2020, the Mile-Hi Square Dance Club celebrated it's 75h year. On May 31st, 2020, Mile-Hi Square Dance Club, Inc merged with the Cottonwood Roadrunners Square and Round Dance Club, Inc becoming Mile-Hi Square Dance Club Inc, a 501(c)(3) organization.


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 $20.00 per person annual which includes Membership and Insurance. Club Dues are due on September 1st of each year.  Please make your check payable to 'MILE-HI SQUARE DANCE CLUB INC and send it along with a fully completed Contact Information Form to the Treasurer, Robert Efros,  P.O. Box 1824 ● Cottonwood, Arizona 86326 or bring it to the next dance or lesson. 

 

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