Dancing In Schools (Cogan Station, PA)

Article Type Submitter Date Story Abstract
Winning Ways Story Hank Lutcher may be contacted by phone at 570-435-2048 or by email at hanjan@chilitech.net 2003-09-04

For the past six years, Hank Lutcher from Cogan Station, PA has been teaching Modern Western Square Dancing six weeks each year at the Jersey Shore School District #6 Jr High School.

Hank was initially approached by one of the teachers, the son of a local square dancer. During his first visit to the school they showed him a notebook of instructions to teach Modern Western Square Dancing and a music tape but they did not know where to begin. The schools in Pennsylvania are required to teach traditional dance every two years.

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Square Dancing in Schools – Teacher Workshop – CA

Article Type Submitter Date Story Abstract
Winning Ways Story Roger Smith & Josie Baumgartner –
Email: Rogersmith14@comcast.net or phone # 650-968-0626
2005-02-01

This report provides information from Santa Clara County, California about Teaching Square Dancing in the Classroom in a program called “Workshop for Teachers”.

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Teen Dancing (Petaluma, CA)

Article Type Submitter Date Story Abstract
Winning Ways Story Scott Byars 2004-08-01

This is a report on teen dancers in Petaluma, CA as reported in the Press Democrat By Janet Parmer.

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Petaluma’s youth bop to a new beat and learn it’s fun to dance to a different tune! Aleksandra and Danielle Olivera once dreaded being dragged to square dances. Now the St. Vincent High School students are largely responsible for the dramatic increase in teenagers learning to square dance in Petaluma. They’ve lured many of their friends to the Tuesday night Adobe Squares club, and most have returned voluntarily to learn more dance steps. The Adobe Squares beginning square dance class, which meets at the Petaluma Women’s club, is anything but traditional, with teens almost outnumbering adults.

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Youth Dancing

Article Type Submitter Date Story Abstract
Winning Ways Story Hilton, NY
Mike Callahan
2003-03-13

Mike Callahan has been working with a teen group for the past year or so. It started out as a “family dance group” but has evolved into a “young-middle aged” teen group. They are lucky to get about 2 squares. The organizing couple has been frustrated by the fact that the Church Hall that we dance at is not available regularly and our group sometimes is not allowed to use the hall at the last minute. Mike suggested that they contact the local Co-operative Extension Office (4H) to see if they would be interested in sponsoring the teens as a part of 4H. Not only was the Co-operative Extension Office hugely interested, they have offered to give the group a hall every Friday night at no charge! It will also be publicized in the 4H catalogue as a part of their many programs for youth. But this is not the end of the story.

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