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Arkansas State Square Dance Federation, Inc.

Contents
Welcome/Webmaster Message
Information On COVID-19
Info On 2021 NSDC in Jackson, MS
In Memoriam - Gone But Not Forgotten
Callers And Cuers
Clubs And Organizations
Specials And Benefit Dances
Changes And Cancellations
Dance Lessons/Graduation Dances/Demos
Dance Admission Fees
The Modern Square
E-Edition
Officers
Fall Festival
History
Membership And Board Meetings
Advertisers In The Modern Square
Square Dance Items For Sale
Internet Square Dance Links
Club Reports

Welcome/Webmaster Message


Welcome to the original website theme for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF), Inc.; last updated Aug. 12, 2020. I've redone the naming of the pages and PDF files...on the original website (this page, and associated links)...links that are on the new website will be updated as soon as possible. Please contact me via this page, if you see any broken links, or other errors.

It's always a good time to think of square dancing, round dancing, or line dancing, wherever you are. The new domain, theassdf.org was obtained on Oct. 7, 2017.

For any PDF Files that are noted on the websites, you will need an appropriate PDF viewer to view/print them. I have them on the ''low graphics'' website, as I have more room for them here. If you see any bad links/data, you can contact me via this page.

This is a Cookie Free Website, a Java Free Website, and it was originally created with the HTML Editor. The original website is hosted by Ace-Net Webhosting, with the new website designed and hosted by Zooma Web Design.

Overall, I prefer to WORK BEHIND THE SCENES -- as ''you can always get dancers...you can't always get workers''. While I attend the ASSDF Fall Festival dances in October...I do NOT plan to dance during the weekend...preferring to ''work'' instead. If you have questions, you will need to get with me sometime during the weekend, including AFTER the Delegates Meeting on Saturday morning...or contact me via Facebook, Twitter, email, voice mail, or postal mail. All of us have 1440 minutes in a day...we make time for what we want to do. If you choose not to contact me, then your issue(s) will go unresolved...and you will get no sympathy from me, because you didn't make time to contact me. With being caregiver for my late Mom for 3 years prior to her death a year ago, I still found time to do square dance related tasks, including the websites, and being Club Reporter for the Maverick Mixers in Little Rock.


Now, a bit of history. The original ASSDF webmaster, Joyce Taylor, died several years ago. As a result, the ORIGINAL ASSDF website that was at squaredancing.com, had OUTDATED INFORMATION for several years. After several attempts, I finally got in contact with their webmaster, and that data should have now been removed. If it is still there, it is severely outdated.

In late 2007, I set up a page for the ASSDF as a separate section off of my personal homepage. Then, on Oct. 26, 2009, I was able to obtain a new domain for the website...but I had to CHANGE my Webhosts on Oct. 1, 2017, due to cost, as noted above.

While this site looks similar to the original one (I patterned the design after it, but changed the colors twice to make it easier to read), the current site has more information.


Much of the information on the ASSDF Website is taken from The Modern Square, Arkansas' publication of square and round dancing.

By choosing the desired links, you'll get a glimpse of who, and what we are. We hope that you enjoy your visit, and will come back often to keep up with the happenings of our federation clubs, callers and cuers, etc. We invite you to come see that both square dancing and round dancing are Friendship Set To Music.

NOTE: Except for articles from the ASSDF Officers, as well as selected callers and cuers, all of the information that is on the original ASSDF Website, and the new website, is taken DIRECTLY from The Modern Square. A smaller format for the print edition is now done, due to the decline in subscriptions and ads. The e-Edition will remain basically the same, and have several extras...including extra color photos, and clickable links...neither of which are available in the print edition.


PLEASE CHECK THE DATA noted on the pages for Clubs, Callers and Cuers and Special Dances, to verify that the information noted is correct -- because if it is WRONG here on this page, and the new website, then it's likely WRONG in The Modern Square (for both the e-Edition and the print edition)!! Plus, dances can be changed or cancelled at the last minute, for a variety of reasons...including weather, holidays, caller/cuer illness, etc.

The ASSDF is the official organization of Arkansas Square Dancers. While mentioning square dancing, we also welcome and promote round dancing and line dancing as well...and, a Fall Festival is held in a different Arkansas city each October, usually on Columbus Day Weekend.

Also on this page, are links to the callers and cuers, the clubs and organizations, The Modern Square, a list of the current ASSDF officers, and other square dance links for your enjoyment.

If you have any questions, or if you have any square or round dance related links...you can contact the webmaster, who will forward your comment to the appropriate party.

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COVID-19 Information


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. An email blast awhile back 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. And, an information file from the United Square Dancers Of America is located here.

Due to the CoronaVirus, ALL ASSDF CLUBS IN ARKANSAS HAVE SUSPENDED DANCING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Some cities have had mid-evening and overnight curfews, precluding night-time activities...and I understand that monetary fines for curfew violations are rather expensive.

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 the individual clubs to make that decision.

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Info on 2021 NSDC in Jackson, Mississippi


The National Square Dance Convention (NSDC) is known as ''The World's Greatest Square Dance Event''. Overseen by The National Executive Committee, it's normally held the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, prior to, and including, the last Saturday in June each year, in a different US city...with its first event in Riverside, California in 1951.

Dancers from the US, Canada, and around the world, travel to attend 4 days of dancing, workshops, meetings, a fashion show...plus take part in tours, a special event on Wednesday night, and a post convention cruise. Every square dancer should attend at least one, if not more, of these events. Yours truly personally attended 17 consecutive NSDC's, from 1986 to 2002...but had to end travel to those, due to health, financial, and other issues. But, each of these is like ''a big family reunion''...with dancing each day from 10am to 10pm, and another 1 to 2 hours of dancing with ''after parties'' afterwards.

Unfortunately, the 69th NSDC that was to be in Spokane, Washington in June, 2020 was CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. However, it is strongly hoped that the 70th NSDC can go on as planned. It's set for June 23-26, 2021, and their main website is located here, with information on Housing/Camping, Items For Sale, and the Refunds Policy, among other items. Since this will be the last NSDC that's rather close to Arkansas for several years, we're happy to promote it...and several dancers from Arkansas are planning to attend.

For the convenience of dancers, here are several items in PDF format (a PDF viewer is required to view or print these), on events during the 2021 convention. Just click on the link to download them. Please note the respective registration deadlines on each form.

  • Registration Form for the 70th National Square Dance Convention, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Welcome To Mississippi From The 70th National Square Dance Convention
  • Brochure On Various Tours Being Offered
  • Information On Wednesday Night Special Event
  • Information On The Keynote Speech on Friday, June 25, 2021
  • Information On The Fashion Show On Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Information On The Post Convention Cruise


    Also, here are the links to websites and registration forms for each of the upcoming National Square Dance Conventions, that follow the 2021 National Square Dance Convention in Jackson, Mississippi. The Early Bird Registration Forms are in PDF format (a PDF viewer is required to view or print these)...please note the repsective registration deadlines on each form. Early Bird Registrations are CHEAPER than the Regular Registration Rates...and especially the Late Registration Rates, which take effect on May 1 of the year of the respective event...and as of that date, REFUNDS WILL NOT BE ISSUED FOR CANCELLATIONS.

  • 2022 National Square Dance Convention, Evansville, Indiana
  • Early Bird Registration Form for 2022 National Square Dance Convention, Evansville, Indiana
  • 2023 National Square Dance Convention, Mobile, Alabama
  • Early Bird Registration Form for 2023 National Square Dance Convention, Mobile, Alabama
  • 2024 National Square Dance Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Early Bird Registration Form for 2024 National Square Dance Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    In Memoriam - Gone But Not Forgotten


    I have created a page, In Memoriam...to the Arkansas callers, cuers (and their taws (spouses)), and dancers, who have passed away over the years. I will need your help in letting me know the names of these individuals who are gone, but not forgotten. I don't need the names of the clubs they danced with, dates of death, etc...just the names of these individuals, and whether they were a caller, cuer, spouse of the caller or cuer, or dancer.

    I've added a list of clubs that are also gone, but not forgotten. For these, I need the name of the club, and the city where they had danced. And, I have also added names of former callers and cuers...who are still alive (to the best of my knowledge)...but are no longer calling/cueing for an Arkansas club.

    Your help in preserving the legacy of these individuals (caller, cuer, or dancer), and clubs...will be greatly appreciated.

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    Callers And Cuers


    There are several callers and cuers across Arkansas. While most of the callers call Basic, Mainstream, and Plus level square dancing, some callers also call Advanced, and Challenge level square dancing. Round Dance Cuers cue Phases 2-6, and some callers and cuers are available for Special Dances. For a detailed list of callers and cuers, click here.

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    Clubs and Organizations


    There are several clubs and organizations across Arkansas for your dancing pleasure. For a list of Arkansas' Square and Round Dance Clubs and Organizations, click here. Also, be sure to note the Changes and Cancellations section here. To better help dancers find the dance sites, if the dance location is known (the club is NOT shown as CALL FOR LOCATION), I have added the Approximate GPS Location, courtesy of this site. GPS apps are available for most cellphones, if you don't have the actual GPS units in your vehicles. The GPS data is shown on the clubs page only, on the original site, and on the new website.

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    Specials And Benefit Dances


    Clubs hold special and benefit dances throughout the year. These are dances where a caller or cuer that's different from their regular caller and cuer is brought in to call the dance...or where the dance is held to raise money to benefit a dancer or their family, for medical costs because of health issues, helping them to recover from loss of possessions (such as from a fire, flood, tornado, etc.). Most of these dances are DONATION BASED, with all proceeds going to help those in need. You can find the Specials and Benefit Dances here.

    On this page, I have noted Subscription Dances, where dancers can sign up for, or renew, their print subscription to The Modern Square in green. Also, for clubs that have CANCELLED their dance on a particular night, these are noted in red...and here. Also listed are special dances outside of Arkansas...including the National Square Dance Convention, and the Single Square Dancers USA Labor Day Dance-A-Rama...as well as selected dances posted on the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation Facebook page. Be sure to check with the contacts listed with each dance (or websites, if so listed), for further information.

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    Changes and Cancellations


    Unfortunately, last minute changes to scheduled dances do sometimes occur. That's why no matter whether you dance to a local club, or travel a good distance to a dance, it is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you contact the person listed BEFORE TRAVELING to a dance. Clubs sometimes CHANGE their location, or CANCEL their dance that day, or even AT THE LAST MINUTE for various reasons (weather, etc.), hall conflicts, holidays, or for other clubs Special Dances, or even for the ASSDF Fall Festival.

    It is VERY FRUSTRATING after driving a long distance to find that a club is ''dark'' (not dancing)...especially with the price of gasoline nowadays (not to mention wear and tear on your vehicle)!! As noted, these changes can also OCCUR AT THE LAST MINUTE...and it's better to be safe than sorry, by calling ahead before you travel. This is especially true when stormy weather (thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding, snow, ice, etc.) affects an area. A list of these changes and cancellations can be found here. For weather information and forecasts across Arkansas, click here. For Arkansas Road Traffic Patterns, and Construction Zones, click here. Be aware that in CONSTRUCTION ZONES, the FINES ARE DOUBLED WHEN WORKERS ARE PRESENT.

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    Dance Lessons/Graduations/Demos


    Square and Round Dance Lessons. Whatever your introduction was, it was the start of an incredible journey.

    The thought may stir memories of dancing with the same sex in elementary school, doing a swing your partner, do-si-do, etc. You may recall the first night of class, when a friend invited you to learn square or round dancing. You might have been at a ''one night stand demonstration'', put on by a church or other group. Or maybe you are curious as to what the wonderful world of square and round dancing is about.

    From a personal standpoint, I remember the first night of class in 1985, as it was VERY DIFFERENT than what I did back in Elementary School!! All of these women that I didn't even know were giving me hugs (yellowrocks), and I thought to myself ''What have I gotten myself into??''. But, after graduation, it was like waiting in line for hugs, and saying ''Next, please!!'' (grin!).

    For a further overview of square and round dancing, as well as a list of upcoming square and round dance lessons, click here. For a Square Dancers Bill Of Rights, as well as a guide to a Square Dance Graduation Ceremony...along with The Square Dancers Pledge, click here.

    Also, at times, there are several groups who like to have dancers come to do a ''demonstration''. These include church or social groups...especially just before a club is to start lessons. These also include nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, who have the dancers come to dance for a short time to ''help take the loneliness out of the day'' of many of the residents. With my elderly Mom in a nursing home prior to her death, I can understand the loneliness.

    Unfortunately, the one bad thing about ''demos'' is that many dancers, callers, and cuers work a full time job during the day, and have other commitments (family, etc.) outside of dancing...let alone being a good distance away from the place where the group is wanting the demonstration is to be held. Plus, the caller or cuer who is putting on the demonstration is likely to require a fee for his or her services...unless there is a high potential of individuals ''taking part in the demonstration'' to sign up for lessons. If the demonstration is being held during the day, the dancers may want a lunch provided, even if for a nominal fee.

    The best advice I could give for those groups interested in a ''demo'' is to check the clubs listing, to see if there is a club in, or near your area. If so, please contact the club contact listed for more information. Unfortunately, the amount of square and round dance clubs in Arkansas is much smaller than it was over 30 years ago...with some parts of Arkansas having few...if any...clubs in existence any more. I know this sounds disappointing and negative...but after all...square and round dancing is a HOBBY...and sometimes, other things outside of square and round dancing (job, health, family, etc.) have to take priority. Plus, this lack of participants is in every hobby (another hobby that yours truly is involved in, Amateur Radio, is the same way.

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    Dance Admission Fees


    Just like much of the country, most, but not all, of the square and round dance clubs charge a fee for visitors. This is to help pay the caller/cuer fee (they're not getting rich doing their job), the hall rent, etc. Fees usually range from $5 to $10 per person, but these may be higher (especially with Special Dances, and the ASSDF Fall Festival), and are subject to change without notice.

    Check the ASSDF Clubs And Organizations listing for more details. A few of the clubs do not charge for visitors...but that is the exception, rather than the rule. Some clubs will charge admission to non-members if they are NOT a member of any other square dance club (an independent dancer, as it were).

    Also, at the ASSDF Fall Festival, while visitors may watch the dance at no charge, they may NOT get out on the dance floor. If they do, they become dancers, and will be REQUIRED to pay the festival admission fee. This is because it's UNFAIR to those who HAVE PAID...and also because of hall rent and other festival expenses, as well as insurance issues. Plus, many dance festivals outside of Arkansas have higher priced weekend registration packages, and they seem to attract more dancers.

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    The Modern Square


    The Modern Square is the ASSDF's publication, containing reports from the various square and round dance clubs and organizations across the state...as well as information on upcoming special dances across Arkansas. A subscription form is in each issue. For a printable form, and a list of upcoming Subscription Dances...where dancers can sign up for, or renew their subscription to The Modern Square...or information on how to get a FREE e-Edition (NO PRINTED COPY), click here.

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    E-Edition


    Several years ago, former Editor Fred Fisher created an e-Edition of The Modern Square. The advantages of that over the print edition are that:

    1) You are emailed the file at least 2 weeks before the print edition arrives in the mail.

    2) All pictures submitted to the Editor are included, and are in color.

    3) Many links in the e-Edition are clickable from the PDF file(s)...readable with an appropriate PDF viewer.

    Links to these back issues, along with more information, are located here.

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    Officers


    The ASSDF has several officers, on the executive board, and as committee chairpersons. For a list of these individuals, click here. For a list of their jobs, with the new ASSDF Bylaws, click here. You will need an appropriate PDF viewer to view/print the file(s).

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    Festival


    The ASSDF has a yearly fall festival dance in a different Arkansas city each October...usually on Columbus Day Weekend. The Friday night dance features a National Caller for the Square Dancing...and Arkansas Cuers for the Round Dancing. Saturday activities feature workshops, the ASSDF Delegates Meeting (where bid presentations for future dances are made, and other items are discussed), plus the evening dancing to Arkansas Callers and Cuers.

    Sometimes, a club will sponsor a Trail-In Dance on Thursday evening, but that is SEPARATE from the Fall Festival itself. Further details are located here.

    For a printable flier for the 2020 Trail-End Dance, in PDF format, click here. For a printable flier for the 2020 Fall Festival, in PDF format, click here. You will need an appropriate PDF viewer to view/print the file(s).

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    History


    The ASSDF was formed in 1949, by Otis A. Higgins, and Richard Dick. Max Smith was appointed in 1949 to plan and promote the first Federation Dance, and he was elected as the first president in 1951.

    The ASSDF is actually 2 years older than the National Square Dance Convention (NSDC), which is overseen by the National Executive Committee...composed of past NSDC chairpersons. The NSDC is held the Wednesday through Saturday, up to and including, the last weekend of June each year, in a different U.S. city. It is billed as ''The World's Greatest Square Dance Event''. For more on the history of the ASSDF, a list of past ASSDF Presidents, past National Square Dance Conventions, as well as 3 poems I wrote (with The Good Lord's Inspiration)...one for the 40th birthday of the ASSDF, and two poems as tributes to two of the greatest callers in Arkansas square dancing history, the late J.D. ''Pappy'' Kerr, and the late ''Wild Bill'' Wilder, click here.

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    Membership And Board Meetings


    The ASSDF has membership meetings; where the state square and round dance clubs send at least two (2) delegates to the meeting, to discuss various issues related to square and round dancing, and with the ASSDF. For further details, click here.

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    Advertisers In The Modern Square


    There are several businesses that support square and round dancing in Arkansas, by taking out ads in The Modern Square. A list of these is located here. As a side note, those who purchase ads in the Fall Festival Program Book, will receive posting of their ad info, until the next years Fall Festival (October).

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    Square Dance Items For Sale


    Unfortunately, there comes a time when dancers and callers/cuers, have to reduce their involvement in the hobby, or get out of it altogether. As a result, many are willing to sell their outfits, records, etc. to new dancers or callers, usually at a price that the individual couldn't afford new. For details, click here.

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    Square Dance Links


    There are many square and round dance links for your enjoyment on the Internet. These include websites and Facebook pages. A list of these is located here.

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    Square Dance Club Reports


    One of the features of The Modern Square are the reports for the various square and round dance clubs, prepared by the Club Reporters. These can be found here.

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