Sweatin’ to the Oldies West

Hello Visitors:

To see the flyer and/or fill out and print a registration form for the West County Spinners Sweatin’ to the Oldies West workshops, dance, and dinner, on Saturday, November 30, 2013 with Curt Braffet, Fred Walker, and Pat Hilton, please link to: http://www.squaredancemissouri.com/Flyers/WestCounty-11-30-13

Stan & Shirl

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Hello Spinners:

Great dance tonight with Bud Cutter and Pat Hilton. There were 79 in attendance which is just short of 10 squares and included Country Squares retrieving with 8 and Meramec Valley Promenaders retrieving with 10. Thanks to teams 1 and 4 for the tables full of goodies and all the set up and tear down work. An ample sufficiency of goodies to save some for the Tuesday start of the new dancer class.

Come on out Tuesday to help welcome the new dancer class. I believe we’ve confirmed responses of 16 New Dancers including 5 from St. Louis Community College, 2 referrals that will be unable to join us until 9/18, 2 that will join us following a Salvation Army fundraising auction the first of October, and 7 I think that have called Tom or Kathy, and hopefully we will get a lot of walk-ins as well. Tuesday is free for anyone that attends.

Another reminder that Jackie will have the State Dance raffle tickets on both Tuesday 9/11 and the anniversary dance Monday 9/17 next week. Now that I think of it, the last chance to purchase is actually the 9/18 New Dancer class. After that they must be turned in to Metro. If you plan on buying don’t forget your return address labels to save yourself some writers cramp.

For the anniversary dance next week, we will have Mike Sikorsky from Mesa, Arizona. Mike is a National Caller and he always makes it a fun dance. Pat Hilton will be cueing the rounds.

Stan & Shirl

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Hello All:

First of all let me thank teams 2 and 3 for all the goodies on the refreshment table and the set-up and tear down work that insured everyone had a great time on Monday night dancing to Randy Dougherty and Pat Hilton. We had 123 Spinners and guests including 9 retrievers from Merry Mixers, 10 raiders from St. Peters Squares, and 14 raiders from Wheelers & Dealers who took our banner. We also had guests from Tiger Squares in Columbia, MO, Little Dixie Squares in Moberly, MO, Puxico Country Squares in Puxico, MO, and Swinging Mates In Terre Haute, IN. Randy was pumped up to learn that he got 123 dancers when Dee Dee had only 111.

Randy did not spare us from any really intricate patterns during the hash. I was especially impressed with the eight chain your couple number and then a call for couple one only and a call for couples two and four only and you’re home, but then I’m easily impressed. One thing Randy was doing was going slow enough with the goofy calls that the floor was able to self adjust as he adjusted the pilot square to what he was trying to do. I didn’t see any significant breakdowns, but then I was dancing and intent on not being the reason our square broke down.

We were saddened to learn of Eileen Kruse’s passing. She did much to advance Square and Round dancing in the St. Louis area and the State of Missouri, truly a fine “First Lady” of Square Dancing and she will be missed.

On September 10th we welcome Bud Cutter calling a Square Dance for us with Pat Hilton on the rounds. On September 17th we will celebrate our club’s 31st anniversary with Mike Sikorsky on the squares and Pat Hilton on rounds.

Let’s not forget that on Tuesday, September 11, we have the first class session of our 2012-2013 New Dancer Class. The class on the 11th will be free for all new students and angels and we are asking for a big contingent of angels to welcome the start of what we hope will be another big and successful class term.

Stan & Shirl

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First of all before I forget again, I would like to thank teams 2 & 3 for all the goodies and pre-dance set up and post-dance put away work for the dance last week with Dennis Mineau, Marshall Flippo and Jacqui Landau. Also thanks to teams 1 & 4 for the same at Monday’s dance with Dee Dee Dougherty and Pat Hilton. There were plenty of snacks left for last night’s New Graduate dance as well. Anne was cleaning up and made an announcement that no one was permitted to leave without taking something home off the table. Anyway when it comes to the administrative side, our club is a testament to teamwork.

Monday’s dance was another great one. To begin with the audio gremlins of the last three dances took a holiday. Dee Dee ended up sparking questions to Bo on Tuesday about Flip and Cut the Diamond and Fan the Top. She called Fan the Top several times with the men in the center turning three quarters and the ladies on the end moving up a quarter. She also cut the diamond several times with the men on the points. Dee Dee is not really very difficult, she just fast and really wears you down through the course of a tip. You really have to be on your toes to keep up.

There were 111 Spinners and guests and I didn’t keep Shirley’s notes so I’m not sure who was raiding and retrieving. We were celebrating the Spinners 23rd We-Done-It which was completed in March of this year. We were honored to have the Metro Presidents, Ron and Pat Hazslip present Barry and Joy with the updated We-Done-It banner. For our newer members, the We-Done-It is just a way of honoring our club for how much effort we put in to supporting all the other clubs. There is a technical explanation about why it was so long between completing the We-Done-It and the celebration. Basically we forgot!

Also, on the subject of the We-Done-It, thanks to all the faithful raiders and retrievers who enjoy dancing so much they are willing to travel to all ends of the metro area several times a week to dance and sometimes dine with their fellow Spinners.

Tuesday’s New Graduate Dance was a bit low on attendance. We had 34 Spinners, 3 free spirits and one who didn’t sign in for a total of 38. Bo’s wife Agnes made a total of 39, so we danced 5 squares a couple of times with a “phantom man” in the square of 7. Gail was dancing in the spot that the man was missing so we named the phantom “un-Clarence”. He’s a perfect dancer. He never made a mistake once! At least not that anyone could see! JJ Walker decided to try to occupy the “phantom” position for two tips and it was honestly like he has been dancing all along. He has not danced since 2004 which is an 8 year furlough. I guess when you’ve been dancing for 25 years, 8 years off doesn’t dim the square dance reflexes. He cautioned us that we may need to call him ambulance. When JJ started dancing, there were 55 square dance clubs in the St. Louis area. How times change.

We did learn two items of trivia on both Monday and Tuesday. According to Gene McGinty, Dee Dee started out as a round dance cuer. That defies the imagination! Gene was complaining how she hasn’t seemed to him to age much. On Tuesday we learned that Stan Mangogna took square dance lessons from Bo Semith in 1980.

Just a reminder that Ginny Morgan has the Spinners casual shirts available in white, black, and red. They are $22 for all sizes. She warns us that the sizes run small so you may wish to order one size larger than you are accustomed to if you choose to order. They can be ordered personalized with your first name.

Don’t forget in just two weeks on Monday August 27th, we will be dancing to Randy Dougherty, Dee Dee’s brother. The last time I recall Randy calling for us was sometime in 1999. Pat Hilton will cue the rounds.

That’s about all for now.

Stan & Shirl

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Another dance, another evening of audio gremlins and heat. Bob and Gerry Tevlin were kind enough to offer their sound equipment for last night’s dance. It worked just fine for Jacqui to cue pre-rounds, but the switch boxes and audio cables were so complicated that it took two tables just to contain the clinking collection of caliginous junk to quote the Wizard of Oz’s description of the Tin Man. When the time came to start the squares, it took 5 minutes just to figure out what combination of switches and cables were necessary to get a cuer and two callers mics and the music from 2 PCs live. One might ask “How many callers and cuers does it take to set up a sound system?” The answer is one of each, but only if the sound system isn’t too complicated! After the first tip the difficulty making the switch back to rounds also caused a delay. Nelson had retrieved Jacqui’s equipment from the car when they were having so much difficulty and by the end of the second tip the sound systems were separated so the inter-tip electronic chaos was eliminated. It was a great dance nonetheless and I checked back and the last time we were fortunate enough to have “Flip the Legend” was in September of 1999. It was great to finally have him back. Jacqui added some more variety to her selections for rounds and a great time was had by all. As Dennis said, “the Spinners really know how to throw a party”.

Don’t forget, next Monday we are celebrating our 23rd We-Done-It and Dee Dee Dougherty and our own Pat Hilton will be doing the honors.

Stan & Shirl

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OMG, WOW, HOLY COW! That’s just a couple of expletives to describe tonight’s dance. One hundred sixty dancers (20 squares) were in attendance for the superb and exciting calling of Ken Bower and cueing of Pat Hilton. Our floor at best with a single row of chairs against the wall and snacks served in the kitchen is how we managed to get 18 squares on the floor at once a few years back at our first Trail Thru dance. Needless to say, this evening everyone couldn’t dance at once. That’s okay since the hall was so warm with 160 heat generators anyone sitting out probably wanted to. The crowd included Retrieves of 16 Meramec Valley Promenaders, and 12 Rafter Rockers, and Raids of 8 Jefferson County Squares, 8 Singles and Doubles, 9 Wheelers and Dealers, 11 Hoedowners, and 14 St. Peters Squares who took our banner. We were also visited by 6 Waterloo Quardrilles and many independents. Once again, the best we could get out of the A/C was 74 degrees at the start of the dance and 77 degrees by the end of the evening. It was a hot time in the old town tonight.

Thanks to all for the conscientious set up and tear down work which is so essential for a big dance like this and thanks to teams 1 & 4 for the scrumptious variety of snacks and the leftover root beer floats and ice cream from last week’s new dancer dance were greatly appreciated in the heat.

Next Monday promises to be another blowout when we welcome Marshall Flippo and Dennis Mineau in what has been billed as a “Summer Dreams” dance. Ken Bower stuck his neck out this evening to describe Marshall as one of America’s greatest callers.

Stan & Shirl

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We sure had a great time with Darryl Lipsomb Monday night. It put an interesting twist in when he arrived minus his briefcase and laptop. It was like showing up to race in the Tour de France without your bicycle! Pat and Joe Hilton did a shoestring save of the first two tips by providing some Square Dance music and audio support from Pat’s laptop, mike, and amp, and Darryl managed to call a hash and ad lib the calls in “Light the Candle” singing call. Meanwhile Decah, Darryl’s wife, high tailed it back to St. Charles together with the couple they are staying with to retrieve the orphan briefcase. They managed to get back as the second tip was ending and an abrupt pattern intricacy change in the hash calling followed in the third tip. At least it seemed that way. At the break, Jerry Gershman took the mike to tell everyone that the idea for the Metro cookbook was just taking shape when Darryl called for the Wheelers and Dealers last year and the call was going out for recipes. Some of the first couple of recipes that Hedy received came from Decah, Darryl’s wife and Jerry presented Decah with a complementary copy of the cookbook. It was a great dance with 133 Spinners and guests. Darryl announced his Wednesday evening “high level” plus dance sponsored by the Zig-Zags in Ballwin after the break and Barry told him that he didn’t think anyone was paying attention. That’s all it took! During the next couple of tips Darryl kept reading different lines off the flyer between the calls during the hash. He was still reading it with comments like “have you heard?” and “did you know?” at the start of the last tip, so someone, (Karen Yoffie I think) grabbed the flyer away from him and pocketed it so he’d quit reading about the Wednesday night dance. He sounded like Dan Akroyd on the cop car PA trying to drum up business for the Blues Brothers concert at the Palace Hotel. We still had a packed floor for the last tip so I think the evening was a winner. Many thanks to teams 2 & 3 for the last minute change of plans on the refreshments there were plenty of goodies for all. Thanks for all the dedicated set up and tear down help as well. It was actually livable in the gym. Thirty two degrees lower that the outside temperature of 106 at dance time. It was 74 at the start of the dance and 77 by the end of the evening.

On Tuesday evening 59 dancers including 13 Missouri Promenaders who were Retrieving danced to the lively calling of Aaron Wells at our third New Graduate workshop dance. He got a number of questions about different calls and work shopped quite a number, like linear cycle and linear cycle with ladies in the lead. He even led in to linear cycle by starting from pass the ocean with the men on the right so the men were the “hookers” and then the ladies are in the lead on the linear cycle that followed. Aaron has a way of making you look at calls from a different perspective. He work shopped relay the deucey and showed us the end result of relay the deucey is exactly the same as all eight circulate twice. I had never thought of it that way so old dogs can always learn new tricks. We had some leftover snacks from the night before plus we revived the root beer floats that were scuttled Monday night to fill in. Thanks to all the volunteer scooper and pourers. The ice cream and soda hit the spot on such a warm evening. With no teams formally assigned all the volunteer help on set up and tear down is greatly appreciated.

Don’t forget the big dance we’re planning next Monday when Ken Bower comes to town to call for us with Pat cueing. Should be another big blowout. Hope to see you there or at a raid between now and then.

Stan and Shirl

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Hello All:

Once again another great dance. Gary Shoemake and Pat Hilton really kept us active and sweating all evening. Gary told his story about the New Dancer who early on danced to his calling and really struggled. Gary took the new dancer aside and told him to hang in there and go to as many dances as he could. After the dance he called in the same location the following year the New Dancer from the year before had to take Gary aside to tell him he was a much better caller than he remembered from the year before! The story is tongue in cheek, but the message is floor time, floor time, floor time.

Thanks to everyone for all the set up help for the gym and the refreshments and likewise at the end of the evening.

Our next dance is Monday, June 11 with Little Joe Goins calling and Pat Hilton cueing. For you New Dancers, please come to this dance and the following evening, Tuesday, June 12, we have our second New Graduate Dance with Dennis Mineau calling and no rounds and if you struggle at all with Little Joe, try to recall what you struggled with and Dennis will be happy to workshop it for you on Tuesday.

Also, Darryl Lipscomb will be calling for us on July 23. For you plus dancers that like to be pushed and challenged to your breaking point, Darryl will be calling a special plus dance just for you two days later on Wednesday, July 25. The dance which is being sponsored by the St. Louis Zig Zags, the Advanced and Challenge square dance club in our area, will be at the Salem Methodist Church in Ballwin at 14825 Manchester Rd.

Also, please don’t anyone be offended by what I’m about to mention. Stan Mangogna has been very good about bringing this subject up with New Dancers prior to the Sweetheart Dance in February. For all single dancers who for whatever reason come to the dance without a partner or are there with a partner, but your partner needs or wants to sit one out, please ask someone to dance before you get into a square. I believe any dancer who comes to the dance without a dance partner has come to the dance because they simply want to have a good time dancing and they did not come because they wanted to dance with any specific individual. Don’t be shy or timid about asking someone to dance. The answer will almost always be yes. Also, it is no secret that we have more partnerless ladies than partnerless gents. Please remember that we have a number of ladies, both partnerless and partnered who are equally comfortable dancing the man’s part. Again I hope I didn’t offend anyone by climbing on the soapbox.

See you all Sunday or at the next dance.

Stan & Shirl

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Spinners First Ever New Graduate Dance

Well, Stan called a great dance and we found it really refreshing to have Pat cueing rounds as well at a New Dancer Dance. Got in to the gym a bit late as basketball ran until about 6:50. But set up went smoothly and fast and we were round dancing by 7:10. The format worked really well and Stan took numerous requests to workshop various calls and he did a great job of watching for problems on the floor a pausing to do a workshop of any problems he saw. To the New Graduates who couldn’t make it this evening, some of the calls that were workshopped were Relay the Ducey, ladies fold/Fan the Top, Spin Chain the Gears, Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears to name a few. He also workshopped a number of combination of calls that were used in a singing call we danced to. As you know by now these and other calls can be viewed at http://www.saddlebrookesquares.com/lessonindex.htm#startcallindex

Thanks to everyone for all the set up help for the gym and the refreshments and likewise at the end of the evening.

Our next dance is another biggie. Wednesday, that’s right Wednesday, May 30 we have Gary Shoemake fresh off a Memorial Day weekend dance in Branson coming to call for us and Pat will be on the rounds.

Stan and Shirl

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