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Do-si-do down to the senior center for free square dance lessons

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- Bored with TV and in need of exercise? Why not give square dancing a try? At 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, free sessions for beginners will be conducted at the John Henson Sr. Center located at 2800 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane.

On most Thursday evenings, if you happen to be in the neighborhood of the John Henson Sr. Center in Hurricane, you will hear the sound of people having fun. The Dancers' Choice square dance club is dancing to music and calls presented by Caller Roger Steele of South Side, W.Va.

What is square dancing? It is movement to music in groups of four couples -- making up a "square."

Learning the basic steps is not complicated. As a matter of fact, it is easy, and the fun begins the very first night.

The teacher (caller) gives instructions and experienced dancers assist new dancers until the steps feel as natural as walking. One move is learned at a time, and we go from there.

Yes, you actually will be dancing at the end of the first session.

Square dancing is a wholesome activity, it is fun and entertaining and is enjoyed by people of all ages worldwide. Friendships develop that last a lifetime.

Health benefits are another plus. It is good for the body and mind. If a person dances six, 10-minute dances (tips), the average 170-pound person will use up to 468 calories. What a great way to improve your fitness level while having fun and making new friends.

What have you got to lose? Come out on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 and give it a whirl.

For more information, call 304-562-9514 or 304-741-1374.