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This summary article contains a table (see below) that points to a number of media articles about square dancing or people involved in square dancing. They frequently contain information useful in the promotion of square dancing. The articles are initially sorted in descending order by publication date (i.e. most recent first) and location of story, however you may sort on any column by clicking on the small up/down arrows in the column header. Click on the Article Title to see the article text.
This table points to 56 media articles. Last update was 6 June, 2020.
|#||Publication Date||Publication Name||Location||Article Title||Comments|
|1980-12-31||Phil Donahue Show||Chicago, IL||Lee Kopman on Phil Donahue Show (video)||Lee Kopman has created more calls used in contemporary square dance than any other individual, some 350 or more. In 1980, he appeared on the Phil Donahue Show and presented this program of square dancing, joined by dancers from New York, Chicago, Ohio and Wisconsin. Assisted at the mic by caller Dave Taylor, who calls for a group of young dancers, Kopman provides lucid responses to the host’s questions, and he provides clear demonstrations of the differences between traditional and modern square dancing.|
|1989-01-22||phili.com||Philadelphia, PA||Only The Dancing Is Square||Reporter’s story on how square dancing wasn’t what he expected|
|2002-09-15||New York Times||New York, NY||Swing Your Partner and Try to Remember All Those Steps||General article on square dancing|
|2007-12-10||Chicago Tribune||Chicago, IL||New generation of square dancers intrigued by its math concepts||Students discover the puzzles and math underlying Challenge square dancing|
|2013-05-04||Regina Leader-Post||Regina, SK||Dancing the test of time||History of square dancing in Saskatchewan.|
|2013-09-03||Fairfield Ledger||Fairfield, IA||The Square Dance Revival in Fairfield||Square dance resurgence in Fairfield, Iowa|
|2013-10-15||US Army||??||Square dancing as easy as A-B-C||An account by US Army veteran Mike Smithers about how he found square dancing and eventually became a caller.|
|2014-01-01||Iowa Source||Fairfield, IA||Jerry Story’s Calling||Profile on Jerry Story|
|2014-05-09||KQED News Blog||Berkeley, CA||Abstract Math Concepts Spring to Life at UC Square Dancing Club||Student dancing at UC Berkeley|
|2014-07-24||Daily Xtra||Ottawa, ON||Allemande left, do-si-do||Profile of Date Squares in Ottawa, Ontario|
|2014-07-24||Marin Independent Journal||San Rafael, CA||Square dancing club keeps twirling in San Rafael||Profile of dancing at Tam Twirlers|
|2014-08-21||Nevada Appeal||Carson City, NV||A brief history of square dancing|
|2014-08-22||KQED News Blog||Fresno, CA||World’s Oldest Square Dance Caller Keeps Central Valley Dancing||Profile on Ernie Kinney|
|2014-09-02||Comox Valley Echo||Comox, BC||Square dancing makes you smarter and healthier||Discussion of health benefits|
|2014-09-07||Daily Telegram||Adrian, MI||Square dancing club offers family-friendly fun, fitness for all ages||Discusses health and social benefits of belonging to Maple City Swingers|
|2014-09-07||Estevan Lifestyles||Estevan, SK||They love to call a good dance||Discussion of health benefiits of square and round dancing|
|2014-09-08||Journal News||Martinsburg, WV||Group provides fresh take on square dancing||Chronicles the story of a new club forming.|
|2014-09-08||Daily Courier||Prescott, AZ||Square-dancers try to rebuild 60-year-old club||Profile of Mile-Hi Squares efforts to rebuild their club.|
|2014-09-14||Camarillo Acorn||Camarillo, CA||Square dancing is far from being square||Buckles and Bows Square Dance Club is undergoing a resurgence in popularity|
|2014-09-14||Tallahassee Democrat||Tallahassee, FL||Square dance calling takes Elmer Sheffield to faraway places||Profile of Elmer Sheffield and his recent trip to Japan|
|2015-01-22||Tullahoma News||Tullahoma, TN||Don’t be a square – dance!||Profile of Estill Springers Square Dance Club and general info on square dancing.|
|2015-03-05||Newsday||New York, NY||Square dance legend on LI still has the moves||Profile of Lee Kopman|
|2015-03-16||Medical News Today||Loneliness and social isolation linked to early mortality||Does not discuss square dancing per se but relevance is obvious|
|2015-03-25||Wall Street Journal||New York, NY||Having a Ball: Young New Yorkers Revive Old Dance Craze||Contra dancing offers an inclusive atmosphere where participants can work up a sweat, do a little courting|
|2015-06-06||River View Observer||Riverview, NJ||Lord of the Square Dance Howard Richman gets Dancers Swinging||Profile on Howard Richman and square dancing in New Jersey|
|2015-06-06||Salina Journal||Salina, KS||An old form of dance reaches a new generation||Starts as profile of 6-year old Damien Smith who is a caller, but develops into a discussion of square dancing as a worldwide activity.|
|2015-10-05||Kirkland Reporter||Kirkland, WA||Kirkland’s square dancing club mixes hip hop, charity and pajamas for fun||Article on Samena Squares and general benefits of square dancing|
|2015-11-01||Quartz (Bronwyn Tarr Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford)||(Online News Outlet)||Science says dancing with friends is good for your health||Article on health benefits accruing from music and dance (not square dancing in particular, but emphasising dancing in groups).|
|2016-01-01||Scan Club Newsletter||San Diego, CA||Dancing to Good Health||Article on health benefits from a health care institution.|
|2016-08-15||Ventura County Star||Camarillo, CA||Square dancing to Maroon 5? In Thousand Oaks, that’s not square at all||Article on square dance resurgence in Ventura County.|
|2016-09-27||Tuckahoe ??||Tuckahoe, VA||Still Swinging||Article on 50th anniversary of Tuckahoe Square Dance Club|
|2016-11-29||WJON AM1240||St Cloud, MN||National Square Dance Day Encourages You to Get Up and Do-Si-Do [VIDEO]||Short video essay on Tom Allen and the Beaux and Belles square dance club. Good testimonials promoting the activity.|
|2016-12-07||Santa Maria Times||Santa Maria, CA||Square dancing returns to the Grange Hall (video included)||After the death of her husband, Don, in July, Yvonne Martin needed an outlet. She belonged to a knitting group, but wanted something more, something that kept her connected with Don. She honed in on square dancing. This article includes pointers to a short video.|
|2017-02-21||Ukiah Daily Journal (Carol Brodsky)||Ukiah, CA||Swing your partner! Square dancing returns to Ukiah
||This article focuses on caller Lawrence Johnstone but discusses a lot of background and history of dancing in the Bay area.|
|2017-02-24||Palo Alto Weekly (Patrick Condon)||Palo Alto, CA||Gay square dance group forms bonds among its members||Article describing how all the clubs in the Bay area help to bind the local LGBTQ community together.|
|2017-03-29||New York Times (Gretchen Reynolds)
Denver Post (Monte Whaley)
Colorado State University Source (Jeff Dodge)
|New York, NY
|Walk, Stretch, or Dance?
Dancing May Be Best For the Brain
|These three articles, one from the New York Times, one from the Denver Post, and one from the Colorado State University Source, discuss the results of a scientific study that indicates dancing seems to have beneficial effects for the aging brain. The actual study they refer to was published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience on March 16, 2017|
|2017-04-12||KJZZ NPR Radio (Annika Cline)||Phoenix, AZ||Not Your Grandpa’s Hoedown: Square-Dance Calls Get A Remix||This radio piece was broadcast on NPR. It was recorded at the 44th CALLERLAB convention in Mesa, AZ in April 2017. It provides a reasonably realistic portrait of how MWSD evolved to where it is today, and finishes with comments from a new 16-year old caller explaining how she got into it and why it appeals to her. The link points to both a written transcript and an audio file of the 4-minute piece.|
|2017-06-21||Vice (Sean Egan)||New York, NY||America’s Gay Square Dancing Underground Wants You to Join Them||
This article in Vice presents a positive description of the gay square dance movement with a focus on Times Squares in New York.
|2017-09-18||ABC News Australia (Samantha Turnbull)||Australia||Forget Tinder, baby boomers say Gen Y should take up square dancing||Square dancers say young Australians should be ditching their smart phones in favour of real life connections on the dance floor. More than 200 dancers converged on the northern New South Wales city of Lismore last week for the 38th annual state Square Dance Convention. Square and Round Dance Association of NSW president David Todd said part of their goal was to attract more young dancers to the pastime.|
|2017-10-06||Clark County Today.com (Suzan K. Heglin)||Vancouver, BC||Jim Hattrick still going strong calling square dancing in Vancouver||Jim Hattrick has been calling for 58 years. This piece in ClarkCountyToday.com describes his career and includes general information on square dancing and recruiting and training dancers.|
|2018-03-14||Northwest Boomer and Senior News (Deb Allan)||Oregon||Go Dancing on page 3 of the March 2018 web edition||
This article, titled Go Dancing on page 3 of the March 2018 web edition, describes a successful club and dance hall in Springfield, Oregon. Of particular interest is how local clubs banded together to purchase and operate the dance hall. (You will probably need to zoom in to read the text.)
|2018-03-14||The Maryville Forum (Jessika Eidson)||Maryville, MO||Square dancing could improve cognitive and social abilities||
Square dancing is not only a lot of fun and a great form of exercise, for older (60-79) adults, it could help prevent cognitive decline. One study done by the University of Colorado found that white matter (the tissue on which messages can be send through the central nervous system) improved in integrity after 6 months of moderate, social exercise.
|2018-08-09||The Denver Post (Shaban Athuman, Mark Jaffe)||Denver, CO||For Some Locals, It’s Hip To Be Square Dancing||
This excellent article in the Denver Post does a great job of describing Modern Western Square Dancing and the current efforts of clubs in Denver to attract new members.
|2018-09-01||55 PLUS (Colleen M. Farrell)||Rochester, NY||Square Dancing: Fun for Singles, Couples||
This article in 55 PLUS magazine describes the stories of some enthusiasts who say square dancing keeps them mentally and physically active.
|2019-02-27||Argus-Courier (Clark Miller)||Petaluma, CA||Square dancing makes local comeback in Petaluma||
This article describes the efforts of Dan Lyke to re-establish square dancing in the Petaluma area. It provides a positive description of the nature of MWSD and outlines some of the challenges square dance groups face in today’s social environment.
|2019-07-04||KYWTV (CBS affiliate)||Philadelphia, PA||Belle’s Run 2019 Square Dance Convention Takes Over Philadelphia||
This 3-minute piece does a nice job of depicting square dancing in general and gay square dancing in particular at the 2019 IAGSDC convention in Philadelphia
|2019-07-05||WHYY (PBS Radio, Peter Crimmins)||Philadelphia, PA||Swing those partners: Gay square dancers gather in Philadelphia||
This 3-minute audio piece describes the 2019 IAGSDC convention in Philadelphia. It talks about both dancing and calling and provides good information.
|2019-07-08||Philadelphia Inquirer (Brandon T. Harden)||Philadelphia, PA||‘It’s the world’s best-kept secret’: International LGBTQ square-dancing convention held in Philly for the first time||
This piece about the 2019 IAGSDC convention (Belle’s Run) in Philadelphia features interviews with Sandie Bryant and several dancers and organizers.
|2019-07-11||AP (Natalie Pompilio)||Philadelphia, PA||Gay square dancers add new spin to centuries-old dance style||
This piece about the 2019 IAGSDC convention (Belle’s Run) in Philadelphia has some nice quotes from dancers and organizers about square dancing and LGBTQ dancing in particular.
|2020-01-03||UofL News (Haeli Spears)||Louisville, KY||UofL researchers study dancing as treatment for veterans with PTSD||
Researchers at the University of Louisville and Western Connecticut State University did a pilot study focused on Dancing Well, a local non-profit organization which hosts the Soldier Project. The Soldier Project brings veterans with PTSD together for group dancing and community. The study was aimed at exploring the hypothesis that dancing provides benefits to PTSD patients.
|2020-01-17||Times Record (Hannah LaClair)||Topsham, ME||Square dancing tradition alive in Topsham||
This piece is a profile of the SAGE Swingers, a 50 year old club in Maine. It provides a synopsis of the benefits and pleasures of square dancing, as well as a discussion of some of the hurdles the activity faces.
|2020-01-31||Capital Gazette (Jack Chavez)||Maryland||Fort Meade: Swinging squares brings modern square dancing to the community||
This profile of Swinging Squares featuring caller Virgil Forbes provides a good positive treatment describing the club and the square dance activity.
|2020-02-01||Albany Democrat Herald (Sandra J. Bean)||Albany, NY||Interfaith Voices: An antidote for despair: dancing||
This evocatively written article does an excellent job of describing the mental and emotional experience of square dancing, and the benefits that flow from it.
|2013-11-18||San Diego TV||San Diego, CA||Learn to Square Dance With Buddy Weaver (Video)||
Clip for UTSan Diego TV program with caller Buddy Weaver, San Diego Square Dancerss and TV Hosts
|2020-05-14||Chicago Tribune (Myrna Petlicki)||Chicago, IL||Glenview square dance club takes activities online||
This article describes how Glenview Squares is staying active and keeping their members engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
|2020-06-05||the Fence Post (Marty Metzger)||Bellvue, Colo||Such fun being virtually square (dancing)||
This article describes how the Lemonaders virtual square dance group came together during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep square dancing alive in their area.