|The International Square Dance Magazine|
By BILL BOYD
In this, the February issue, there are some events for the year that I am excited about and plan on attending. In April is the CALLERLAB Convention in Reno. Every time I attend one of these, I learn something new. I get to talk with the legends of our activity as well as new callers. There will be many more session and events than I can attend, so I will have to purchase CD’s of the event just to listen in on what I missed. The banquets and socials are great experiences, however so are the “bull sessions” – just talk between friends and colleagues sharing experiences. I wonder how many people realize that you do not have to be a caller to attend this convention. Check out the CALLERLAB website for more information.
The second event is in June, Little Rock, Arkansas, the 63rd National Square Dance Convention. I realize that attendance is down for the last few years. But, just think, if you are not registered, and you do register that will be one more couple or dancer to attend. If we add one more dancer from even just half of the clubs in the USA or one dancer from even one tenth of the clubs worldwide, what a crowd we will have. Just one of the things I like about the National Square Dance Convention is getting to see friends from all over the world that I only see once a year. If you are one of those who say they do not attend because the numbers are down, aren’t you part of the low attendance problem? I remember in Detroit, many dancers said they didn’t attend for fear of security. Everyone I spoke with had fun even if the numbers were small. If you have never attended, I encourage you to be in Little Rock. Please come for the dancing, not just the side trip to Branson. Just kidding, although we might just do that as well.
There are a lot of good square dance cruises, lots of good festivals and many great local clubs to visit and square dance with. So dance and have FUN!
|Fun set to music!|