Specials And Benefit Dances
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Specials And Benefit Dances

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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 July 4, 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 previously had 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. Also, an information file from the United Square Dancers Of America, is located here. A list of other cancellations is located here. Dances that were previously listed on this page, that have since been CANCELLED, have been REMOVED from this page.

However, as the COVID-19 restrictions are SLOWLY LESSENED, individual clubs may resume dancing again. This decision is based on directives from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, city and county governors and mayors, and the Arkansas Health Department...plus when the respective facilities allow clubs to dance again. If dancers wish to dance, it is their option to wear masks (and gloves)...but obviously, if dancers aren't feeling well, or are understandably leery of dancing too soon, they should stay home. The individual clubs and contacts can be found here...and once the directives, and facilities owners allow clubs to resume dancing, it is up to each of them to make the decision on that.


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


Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Club: Twirling Funtimers International Night Dance
This dance has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns.

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Club: ASSDF Meetings And Subscription Dance
Location: Doubletree By Hilton, 4813 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Callers: Phil Moorehouse, Gene Gancarczyk, and Charlie Robertson
Comments: For a printable flier in PDF Format, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.. A decision on this dance, because of COVID-19 concerns, will be made by July 15, 2020.

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Club: Maverick Mixers Backpack And School Supplies Dance
This dance has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns. However, the club still would like to make a donation to Mabelvale Elementary School. Those wishing to make a donation, should make the check to the Maverick Mixers for the desired amount, and send it to Nancy Cates, 13500 Sandstone Drive, Little Rock, AR 72206. The staff and students will be grateful for any donations.

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Club: Twirling Funtimers Ice Cream Dance
Location: St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 511 Coley Drive, Mountain Home, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Robert Townsend
Contact: Paul Chernell (408) 889-3708

Date: Friday, August 14, 2020
Club: Heber Springers Special Dance
Location: Rose Bud Community Senior Center, 5916 Highway 36 West, Rose Bud, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Kevin Bersing
Contact: Theresa Holley, 390 Woodvine Trail, Higden, AR 72067 (501) 238-2713

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Club: Bluebird Squares BBQ And Dance
Location: Saline County Fairgrounds, 406 Fairfield Road, Benton (Exit 116 off I-30)
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. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
Club: Heber Springers Ice Cream Social Dance
Location: Rose Bud Community Senior Center, 5916 Highway 36 West, Rose Bud, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Callers TBA
Contact: Theresa Holley, 390 Woodvine Trail, Higden, AR 72067 (501) 238-2713

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: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Club: Heber Springers Freedom Dance
Location: Rose Bud Community Senior Center, 5916 Highway 36 West, Rose Bud, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Phil Moorehouse
Contact: Theresa Holley, 390 Woodvine Trail, Higden, AR 72067 (501) 238-2713

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: Friday, September 25, 2020
Club: Heber Springers Hillbilly Dance
Location: Rose Bud Community Senior Center, 5916 Highway 36 West, Rose Bud, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Chuck Hastings
Contact: Theresa Holley, 390 Woodvine Trail, Higden, AR 72067 (501) 238-2713

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
Location: Texarkana RV Park, Texarkana, TX
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: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Club: The Maverick Mixers are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Club: The Ozark Promenaders are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Club: Heber Springers Dan Nordbye Special Dance
Location: Rose Bud Community Senior Center, 5916 Highway 36 West, Rose Bud, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Dan Nordbye
Contact: Theresa Holley, 390 Woodvine Trail, Higden, AR 72067 (501) 238-2713

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
Club: The Heber Springers 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, November 13, 2020
Club: Heber Springers Can Dance
Location: Rose Bud Community Senior Center, 5916 Highway 36 West, Rose Bud, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Phil Moorehouse
Contact: Theresa Holley, 390 Woodvine Trail, Higden, AR 72067 (501) 238-2713
Comments: Donations of cans of non-perishable food to help the less fortunate will be appreciated.

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: Friday, November 27, 2020
Club: The Heber Springers are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Club: Heber Springers Christmas Potluck Dinner And Dance
Location: Rose Bud Community Senior Center, 5916 Highway 36 West, Rose Bud, AR
Time: 7pm
Caller: Phil Moorehouse
Contact: Theresa Holley, 390 Woodvine Trail, Higden, AR 72067 (501) 238-2713
Comments: Potluck Dinner at 6pm, Dance at 7pm

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

Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Club: The Heber Springers are DARK (not dancing) this evening.

Date: Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, 2021
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. You can register online here. With the dance being POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 , a new flier will be placed online as soon as possible.

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. For links to PDF files on the festival, click here.

Date: Thursday, September 2 through Sunday, September 5, 2021
Club: SSDUSA Labor Day Dance-A-Rama
Comments: This was POSTPONED UNTIL 2021, due to the CoronaVirus. Full details will be posted as soon as possible.

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. For an Early Bird Registration Form for the event (in PDF format), 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. For an Early Bird Registration Form for the event (in PDF format), click here.

Date: Wednesday through Saturday, June 26-29, 2024
Club: 73rd National Square Dance Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Comments: For additional information on the festival, click here. For an Early Bird Registration Form for the event (in PDF format), click here.

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