CONTRIBUTION · 15th September 2011
Skeena Square Dance Club
Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to lack of registration.
Skeena Square Dance Club is celebrating its 50th year by offering local residents a Golden opportunity to discover the fun and health benefits of Modern Square Dancing. Join us for an Introduction to Modern Square Dance Workshop at Cassie Hall School on September 30 and October 1. Guest caller will be Ken Crisp from Port Coquitlam. Ken is the Secretary of the BC Square and Round Dance Federation. He and his wife, Sally, are the most recent recipients of the Sillery award for Outstanding Service to Square Dancing. He has been teaching Modern Square Dance for almost 40 years and promises lots of fun and a good workout too.
The first square dancers in Terrace were members of a social club that danced in the Columbia Cellulose guest house. When Ed and Nell McFadden became the President couple in 1960 they decided to open the club to anyone who wanted to learn to dance. Ed and his friend Lloyd Holt put up a poster advertising their first dance in Riverside School and were surprised when more than 50 people showed up! The club continued to grow and gain popularity. There were more than 20 squares from all over northwest B.C. dancing at the Jamboree in 1964.
In recent years our club has become smaller but we are pleased to say that Ed was dancing with us at our Jamboree in May. He is living proof of the many physical, mental and social benefits of Square Dancing.
Square Dancing is often referred to as “Friendship set to music” because square dancers are well known for their hospitality. During the past 50 years club members have enjoyed meeting new friends at many Provincial Festivals and National Conventions. Prince George, Duncan, Salmon Arm, Courtenay, Abbotsford, and Vernon have hosted Provincial Festivals. We have also danced in Edmonton, Halifax, Vancouver, Ottawa, Saint John, and Calgary at National Conventions. When we travel we often take advantage of the opportunity to dance with local clubs. Members of Skeena Squares have been warmly welcomed at dances in Prince George, Vanderhoof, Williams Lake,Lac La Hache, Penticton, and Vernon, BC; Rocky Mountain House, Tees, Strathmore and Drumheller, Alberta. Some have also danced with clubs outside Canada in Alaska, Florida, Arizona, Hawaii, and Scotland.