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.
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
Saturday night dances will be
$10.00 per person.
New Mainstream (Beginner) Class
begins on September 12th, 2019
Plus Workshop/Dance: 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
$7.00 per person
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Dee Dee Dougherty
School District HQ
Good Samaritan Society for Lessons
1030 Scott Drive, Prescott,
Elks Theatre for Dances
117 E Gurley Street, Dance Hall 2, Prescott, AZ 86301
Festival will be held at the
Humboldt Unified School District HQ
6411 North Robert Road,
Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314
Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza
120 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
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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 is an American institution. It has been our "official
national folk dance" since President Reagan signed an act of Congress in
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
The dances done in early
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!
Club Dues are $20.00 per person annual
which includes Membership and Insurance only or $70.00 per person annually
which includes Membership, Insurance and 8 Saturday Night Dances
(September - April) or $45.00 per person annually which
includes Membership, Insurance and 4 Saturday Night Dances (September
Club Dues are due
on September 1st of each year. Please make your check
payable to 'Mile-Hi Squares' and send it along with a fully
Contact Information Form
Mile-Hi Squares, P.O. Box
10572 ● Prescott, Arizona 86304-0572 or bring it to the next dance or lesson.
In order that we may keep your contact
information in our database current and complete, whenever anything
changes, please fully complete a
Contact Information Form;
and send it to Mile-Hi Squares, P.O. Box
10572 ● Prescott, Arizona 86304
or bring it to the next dance or lesson.
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- Mile-Hi Squares
February 09, 2019