The International Square Dance Magazine

Patrick Demerath

What is Right with Square Dancing

The American Callers’ Association in its attempt to be of service to all callers, dancers, and associations has provided current, timely, and effective information on new dancer recruitment, winning ways to retain club dancers, and pitfalls that drive square dancers away from 2000 to 2014. ACA really appreciates the positive comments, encouragement to continue, and contributions from callers and dancers all over North America and abroad to continue these initiatives. ACA will continue to provide information that will help the square dance community recruit, retain and retrieve square dancers as well as encourage the dancers to speak out on the cumbersome dance programs.

Both the American Callers’ Association and other associations have published items on recruiting and how to treat new dancers. This month’s ACA Viewpoint is from a dancer viewpoint and highlights WHAT IS RIGHT with Square Dancing. As clubs have lessons in progress it becomes more critical not only to treat them with respect and dignity, but also to point out the benefits and blessings of square dancing. ACA advocates that square dancing has the potential to be of interest to all dancers.

We continue to communicate to new and experienced dancers the benefits of square dancing, which include such things as physical and mental health. Physicians often advise patients to get more exercise. Walking is often recommended by physicians Square Dancing is walking which is good for the feet, legs, ankles and knees as well as internal organs of heart and lungs. If a person has free time on the weekends or week nights, try Square Dancing. Would you like to make new friends. Go Square Dancing. Square Dancing is helping to fulfill people’s needs.

Square dancing is walking to a specified set of calls to music. Dances are held in many locations such as schools halls, churches or community centers or square dance halls. Refreshments are served. Alcoholic beverages are not served. Square dance calls are in English and are standard throughout the world – Europe, Asia and Australia as well as in all 50 states and Canada.

Through square dancing men and women have found the secret of keeping mentally and physically healthy and alert while having fun. Dancers can dance with different people throughout each evening and can dance most days of the week. Square dancing is really “walking exercise to music” and it helps to keep muscles and joints moving, which is a great way to dance away soreness. People with special needs can square dance regardless of their health. People with hip and knee replacements, with heart problems and those missing a limb can still square dance.

Square dance exercises increases mental alertness because dancers never know the order of the calls and must listen as the caller delivers his commands. Square dancing is a case of eight people working together and having fun. Square dancing is a fun diversion from concentrating on the stress of a job or family and is for all ages.

Square dancing is very inexpensive including no cost refreshments provided by the club dancers. The American Callers’ Association believes that square dancing is fun and encourages club members to work diligently to offer square dancing to new dancers for the music, exercise, friendship, but most of all for the FUN of it!”

Any individual, club, caller, or association who wishes to communicate his/her opinions on this subject is encouraged to contact the American Callers’ Association at or Dr. Patrick Demerath at  Please visit our website and newsletters at

Until next time, happy dancing.


Fun set to music!