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Specials and Benefit Dances


Overview


To get to the previous page, press the BACK BUTTON on your web browser. To return to the original design ASSDF Homepage, click on the ASSDF logo at the top of the page. This page was last updated on March 31, 2020. The calendar dates and times below (for Arkansas dances) are in U.S. Central Time, no matter what time of year.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION!! PLEASE READ!!

With the CoronaVirus Concerns, since dancers were taught (as I heard one caller say it) ''AT&T -- reach out and touch someone''...I know many dancers are uneasy about getting out among other people...whether for dances at clubs, as well as Special Dances. I have sent out an email blast to subscribers of the e-Edition...which includes this letter from the ASSDF Board (PLEASE READ, AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CLUBS), and this file from the Centers For Disease Control. A list of cancellations is located here, and these SUPERCEDE any dances noted below.

Special Dances are dances held by a club, usually at a date, time, and possibly location, that is different than when their regular dance is scheduled. In these cases, they may bring in a Guest Caller Or Cuer for the dance...usually one with regional or national name recognition.

Benefit Dances are held by a club to help a club member or a family with medical expenses, or to recover from a disaster, such as a fire, flood, tornado, etc. Also, some clubs do Christmas Benefits for the Toys For Tots campaign. Subscription Dances, where you can sign up for subscriptions to the print edition of The Modern Square will be noted below in green.

Dances listed, include the day, date, time, location, club sponsor, caller and/or cuer, admission fee, contact, and any other applicable information...such as a Teacup Auction. If information such as a caller/cuer, time, location, contact person, etc. is missing from the information, it can NOT be listed here, or on Google Calendar on the new website.

I've REORGANIZED the listing to ONLY include dances in Arkansas, the National Square Dance Convention, the Single Square Dancers USA Dance-A-Rama, the Heart Of America Singles Square Dance Association (HASSDA)...as well as dances noted on the ASSDF Facebook Page. Other dances outside of Arkansas and surrounding states can be found at the Where's The Dance - Flyers Only Facebook page.

With the dances listed below, I have made the date of the dance, and the dance name of Arkansas Dances in bold print. The rest will be a regular font, as it were...just as the rest of the dances are outside of Arkansas, that are noted below.

However, take note that NOT EVERY SUBSCRIBER to The Modern Square has or wants a computer or internet access, to view the original ASSDF Website or the new ASSDF Website. So, just because your dance may be listed below, UNLESS you have contacted the Editor (see the Officers page for information), with your ad copy, and have mailed in the proper fee for the ad, your dance listing will NOT be in EITHER the e-Edition, OR the print edition of The Modern Square. Please send the information of your special dance to the Editor of The Modern Square, at the address found here.

Note that if the dance listing is WRONG in The Modern Square, it is likely ALSO WRONG here. It is up to the caller, cuer, club contact, club officer, etc. to contact the Editor and the Webmaster (Daryl Stout is doing both positions now) of errors, so they can be fixed. As far as I can tell, everything listed on this page is CORRECT. If it is still WRONG, it is up to YOU to advise me of such, so I can make any needed corrections.

Unless otherwise noted, Proper Square Dance Attire is REQUIRED at the dances. In this regard, daytime dances may have the choice of either Proper Square Dance Attire, or casual attire. However, for the evening dances, Proper Square Dance Attire is REQUIRED. As for Special Dances Outside Arkansas, these are taken from the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation page on Facebook.

Please check with the contacts or websites listed before traveling to the dance for more information, or for any last minute updates, changes, or cancellations...as there may be deadlines for festival and hotel registrations, tours, etc. Also, be sure to check the changes and cancellations page (clubs may CANCEL for a special dance)...as well as Arkansas Weather Forecasts/Data, and Arkansas Traffic Patterns And Construction Zones...especially when winter weather or severe weather may be forecast.

Please try to schedule your dance as early as possible...and try NOT to have a dance on top of a special dance that has been listed for a long time. It hurts both your dance, and the club holding the special dance...and it causes ill feelings among dancers. For a specific date, if there is a ''doubling up'' of another dance on the same day, the dance that has been on the page the LONGEST will be listed FIRST...with others following as to when I received the information (basically, first come, first served. As noted above, Subscription Dances, where you can sign up for a print subscription to The Modern Square will be noted in green. Also, Dance Changes will be noted in blue with Dance Cancellations noted in red.

Note that if you don't advertise your special dance, how are folks going to know about it?? Also, it is EXTREMELY RARE that I can attend any of the dances listed. I will try to attend the ASSDF Fall Festival, plus Subscription Dances . I'm usually at dances with the Maverick Mixers in Little Rock.

Also, while some special dances outside of Arkansas (which are taken from the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation page on Facebook), some of these may conflict with special dances inside Arkansas, the dance listings are provided as a service, for those who may be traveling for business or pleasure, and while their schedule may not allow them to be in Arkansas for a particular weekend, there are usually dances somewhere. These dances are NOT listed on the Google Calendar on the new ASSDF website; which ONLY lists dances inside Arkansas, and any cancellations.

Lastly, if a ASSDF Member Club has NOT paid their ASSDF Dues and taken care of the club insurance by March 1 (to give plenty of time for publication in The Modern Square, and folks to be made aware of it, their listings will be REMOVED from this page; and will NOT be restored, until the ASSDF Dues and Club Insurance has been paid.

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Specials And Benefit Dances


As of 7pm CDT, March 18, 2020...every ASSDF Club has CANCELED one or more dances...either through April, 2020...or until further notice. I've decided instead of duplicating the entries, for a list of these clubs that have CANCELED their dances...along with the club contact information, click here. Note that additional cancellations are possible.

As a result, all scheduled dances...regular or special...for the clubs noted, at this link, are CANCELED, and have been REMOVED from this page. If a special dance...inside or outside of Arkansas...was previously listed, and no longer here, it can be assumed that the particular dance or festival has also been CANCELED.


Date: Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2020
Club: Wiggins Weekend Campin' and Dancing, Wiggins, MS
Location: Pine Burr Country Club, 800 Pine Burr Drive, Wiggins, MS
Time: Friday night and Saturday, Squares And Rounds
Callers: Bubba and Cindy Mingus, plus Ted and Nancy Kennedy
Cuers: Jack and Christa Gail Pointer
Comments: Sponsored by the 70th National Square Dance Convention, Jackson, MS. For a printable flier in PDF format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file. You can also click here for more information.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Club: Bluebird Squares Ma And Pa Tribute Dinner And Dance
Location: Saline County Fairgrounds, 406 Fairfield Road, Benton (Exit 116 off I-30 116)
Time: Dinner at 6pm, Dance at 7pm
Caller: Carolyn Birdsong
Contact: Carolyn Birdsong, 28912 Bandy Road, Little Rock, AR 72223 (501) 813-7239
Comments: $10 per person for the dinner and dance. This is for not just parents...but for those who still have their parents, and to honor the memory of those who are no longer with us...as they did so much for us.
NOTE: This dance may end up being CANCELED due to the CoronaVirus.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Club: The Levi's And Lace are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Club: Twirling Lariats Graduation Dance
The Graduation Dance has been POSTPONED, due to being DARK for lessons and dancing through April, 2020, due to the CoronaVirus. A decision on dancing in May, 2020 and beyond will be posted as soon as possible.

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Club: ASSDF Spring Delegates Meeting, Plus Levis And Lace Maypole Dance And Subscription Dance
Location: Doubletree By Hilton, 4813 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR
Callers: Phil Moorehouse, Gene Gancarczyk, and Charlie Robertson. Other Arkansas Callers And Cuers Welcome.
Comments: Meetings for the Officers, Callers And Cuers, during the day...with the Delegates Meeting prior to the dance that evening...exact times are noted on the flier, noted below. It's also the Levis And Lace Maypole Dance, and their Subscription Dance, where folks can sign up for, or renew their print subscription to The Modern Square. For a flier in PDF format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Club: The Bluebird Squares are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Monday, May 25, 2020
Club: The Pioneers, and the Star Steppers, are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Club: The Twirling Lariats are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, 2020
Club: 72nd NSDC June Bug Jubilee
Location: BSDA Friendship Hall, 1024 Old Walker Chapel Road, Fultondale, AL
Time: Friday night and Saturday, Plus, DBD, Advanced, and Rounds (see flier (noted below) for details)
Callers: Tony Oxendine (Friday night only), Jet Roberts (he called the Friday night dance at the 2019 ASSDF Fall Festival), and Jerry Storey
Cuers: Matthew Temples and Ramona Stowe
Comments: Sponsored by the 72nd National Square Dance Convention, Mobile, AL. For a flier in PDF format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file. You can register online here.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Club: Twirling Lariats June Bug BBQ And Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: 6pm BBQ dinner, 7:30pm dance
Caller: Tim Tyl
Contact: Clifton Taylor and Carolyn Cullins, 9027 Highway 5 North, Alexander, AR 72002 (501) 847-2157
Comments: $15 per person for BBQ and dance, whether you come early or not, as the food (including Carolyn Cullins' scrumptious BBQ) will still be available.
NOTE: This dance may end up being CANCELED due to the CoronaVirus.

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Club: Twirling Funtimers Flower Power Dance
Location: St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 511 Coley Drive, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Jay Wright
Cuer: Marge Sherrill
Contact: Paul Chernell (408) 889-3708
NOTE: This dance may end up being CANCELED due to the CoronaVirus.

Date: Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14, 2020
Club: 58th Annual Texas State Square And Round Dance Festival
Location: Harvey Convention Center, 2000 West Front Street, Tyler, TX
Time: Trail-End Dance, 7pm, Thursday, June 11, Sponsored By Texas State Callers Association. Pre-Festival Dance, 7pm, Friday, June 12, Sponsored By East Texas Square And Round Dance Association.
Comments: For a printable flier in PDF format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 17-20, 2020 (NOTE DIFFERENT DATE)
Club: 69th National Square Dance Convention, Spokane, Washington
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED ** For details, click here.
Date: Saturday, July 4, 2020
Club: The Three Amigos Ride Again 2020
Location: To Be Announced -- possibly in Little Rock
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Callers: Phil Moorehouse, Gene Gancarczyk, and Joey Duhamel
Comments: Further details will be announced as soon as possible.

Date: Thursday through Sunday, July 23-26, 2020
Club: Heart Of America Singles Square Dance Association 2020 Fall Festival
Location: K-State Union Ballroom, 17th and Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS
Callers: K.O. Jeanes, Dan Sahlstrom, and Jeff Holley
Cuers: Kevin and Diane Dennine
Comments: There will be a Trail-End Dance on Thursday, July 23, at 7:30pm, sponsored by the Manhattan Lone Wranglers. Lynn Nelson will call the squares, and Betty Skillet will cue the rounds. It will be at Pace Memorial Auditorium, 1101 Poyntz Avenue. Sunda Morning will feature a Trail-Out Gospel Dance at the K-State Union Ballroom. For more details, including links to a printable flier, click here.

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Club: Dueling Dance -- Yellowrocks At 20 Paces
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: Potluck at 6pm, Dance at 7:30pm
Callers: Phil Moorehouse and Joey Duhamel
Contact: Clifton Taylor and Carolyn Cullins, 9027 Highway 5 North, Alexander, AR 72002 (501) 847-2157
Contact: Nancy Cates-Finney, 13500 Sandstone Drive, Little Rock, AR 72206 (501) 551-6144
Comments: Combination Dance, sponsored by the Twirling Lariats and the Maverick Mixers. Admission by donation. Proceeds will go to fixing up the parking lot in front of the dance site.

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Club: Maverick Mixers Backpack/School Supplies Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: Plus Refresher at 7pm, Dance at 7:30pm
Caller: Phil Moorehouse
Contact: Nancy Cates-Finney, 13500 Sandstone Drive, Little Rock, AR 72206 (501) 551-6144
Comments: $5 for non-members. Dancers are encouraged to bring school supplies for donation to an area school.

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Club: Bluebird Squares BBQ And Dance
Location: Saline County Fairgrounds, 406 Fairfield Road, Benton (Exit 116 off I-30 116)
Time: Dinner at 6pm, Dance at 7pm
Caller: Carolyn Birdsong
Contact: Carolyn Birdsong, 28912 Bandy Road, Little Rock, AR 72223 (501) 813-7239
Comments: $10 per person for the dinner and dance

Date: Thursday, September 3 through Sunday, September 6, 2020
Club: SSDUSA 50th and Farewell Labor Day Dance-A-Rama
Location: Cherry Valley Hotel, 2299 Cherry Valley Road, Southeast, Newark, OH
Callers: Jack Pladdys, Tim Tyl, Tom Davis, and Travis Cook
Cuers: Phyllis and Doug Burdette, and Bonnie Lawrence (Rounds and Lines)
Comments: Due to a rapid decline in members, workers, and attendees, the 2020 Dance-A-Rama will be the final event hosted by Single Square Dancers USA, as the organization will disband after the weekend ...although there may be a Yellowrock Scholarship For New Callers for another year or two (per Arkansas Director, Art Ritter). For a registration form, in PDF format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

Date: Monday, September 7, 2020
Club: The Pioneers are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Monday, September 7, 2020
Club: Star Steppers Labor Day Dance
Location: White Hall Community Center, 9801 Dollarway Road, White Hall, AR
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Caller: Jet Roberts
Comments: Admission $8 per person. Jet Roberts called the 2019 Fall Festival Friday Night Dance. For questions, contact Ron Wise at (870) 267-0702, or Kathy Tankersly at (870) 718-0571. For a flier in PDF format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Club: Ozark Promenaders Hobo Dance
Location: First United Methodist Church, 116 Jefferson Street, Mountain View, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Roy Hestand, Jr.
Contact: Roy Hestand, Jr., 55 Fletcher Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653 (870) 329-1141

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Club: Maverick Mixers 50's Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: Plus Refresher at 7pm, Dance at 7:30pm
Caller: Phil Moorehouse
Contact: Nancy Cates-Finney, 13500 Sandstone Drive, Little Rock, AR 72206 (501) 551-6144
Comments: $5 for non-members. 50's Attire or Square Dance Attire.

Date: Monday, October 5, 2020
Club: Pioneers Hobo Dance
Location: St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 511 Coley Drive, Mountain Home, AR
Time: Workshop at 6pm, Dance at 7pm
Caller: Roy Hestand, Jr.
Contact: Roy Hestand, Jr., 55 Fletcher Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653 (870) 329-1141

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Club: The Ozark Promenaders are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Club: Trail-In Dance for the 71st ASSDF Fall Festival
Comments: For full details, click here.

Date: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10, 2020
Club: 71st ASSDF Fall Festival
Location: Four State Fairgrounds, Texarkana, AR
Comments: For full details, click here.

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Club: The Ozark Promenaders are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 23-24, 2020
Club: 58th Midsouth Festival Night Train To Memphis Dance
Location: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2949 Davies Plantation, Lakeland, TN
Caller: Tom Miller
Cuer: Pauline Angress
Comments: Sponsored By The Greater Memphis Square And Round Dance Association. For the main festival info from their website, click here. For schedule and hotel information for the festival (in PDF format), click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Club: Twirling Lariats Halloween Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: 7:30pm
Caller: Tim Tyl
Contact: Clifton Taylor and Carolyn Cullins, 9027 Highway 5 North, Alexander, AR 72002 (501) 847-2157

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Club: Maverick Mixers Halloween Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: Plus Refresher at 7pm, Dance at 7:30pm
Caller: Phil Moorehouse
Contact: Nancy Cates-Finney, 13500 Sandstone Drive, Little Rock, AR 72206 (501) 551-6144
Comments: $5 for non-members. Cake Walk. Prizes for best costume.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Club: Maverick Mixers Veterans Day Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: Plus Refresher at 7pm, Dance at 7:30pm
Caller: Phil Moorehouse and Joey Duhamel
Contact: Nancy Cates-Finney, 13500 Sandstone Drive, Little Rock, AR 72206 (501) 551-6144
Comments: $5 for non-members.

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020
Club: Bluebird Squares Thanksgiving Dinner And Dance
Location: Saline County Fairgrounds, 406 Fairfield Road, Benton (Exit 116 off I-30 116)
Time: Dinner at 6pm, Dance at 7pm
Caller: Carolyn Birdsong
Contact: Carolyn Birdsong, 28912 Bandy Road, Little Rock, AR 72223 (501) 813-7239
Comments: $10 per person for the dinner and dance

Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Club: The Ozark Promenaders are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Club: Maverick Mixers Christmas Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: Plus Refresher at 7pm, Dance at 7:30pm
Caller: Phil Moorehouse
Contact: Nancy Cates-Finney, 13500 Sandstone Drive, Little Rock, AR 72206 (501) 551-6144
Comments: $5 for non-members.

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Club: Ozark Promenaders Christmas Dance
Location: First United Methodist Church, 116 Jefferson Street, Mountain View, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Roy Hestand, Jr.
Contact: Roy Hestand, Jr., 55 Fletcher Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653 (870) 329-1141

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Club: Twirling Lariats Christmas Potluck And Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: 7:30pm
Caller: Joey Duhamel
Contact: Clifton Taylor and Carolyn Cullins, 9027 Highway 5 North, Alexander, AR 72002 (501) 847-2157
Comments: $5 for non-members. Please bring food for the potluck.

Date: Thursday, December 24, 2020
Club: The Ozark Promenaders are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020
Club: Maverick Mixers New Years Dance
Location: American Legion Post 128 (Mabelvale Legion Hut), 9925 Leah Lane (Mann Road and Leah Lane), Mabelvale, AR
Time: Plus Refresher at 7pm, Dance at 7:30pm
Caller: Joey Duhamel
Contact: Nancy Cates-Finney, 13500 Sandstone Drive, Little Rock, AR 72206 (501) 551-6144
Comments: $5 for non-members.

Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Club: Ozark Promenaders New Years Eve Dance
Location: First United Methodist Church, 116 Jefferson Street, Mountain View, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Roy Hestand, Jr.
Contact: Roy Hestand, Jr., 55 Fletcher Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653 (870) 329-1141

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 23-26, 2021
Club: 70th National Square Dance Convention, Jackson, Mississippi
Comments: For additional information on the festival, click here.

Date: Friday, and Saturday, October 8-9, 2021
Club: 72nd ASSDF Fall Festival
Location: Van Buren County Fairgrounds, Clinton, AR
Comments: Full details will be posted as soon as possible.

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 22-25, 2022
Club: 71st National Square Dance Convention, Evansville, Indiana
Comments: For additional information on the festival, click here.

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 21-24, 2023
Club: 72nd National Square Dance Convention, Mobile, Alabama
Comments: For additional information on the festival, click here.

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