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Washington Map w/Council AreaThe Mount Baker Square Dance Council promotes square and round dancing in the north Puget Sound region of Washington State (WA).  Serving Snohomish County, Skagit County, Whatcom County, Island County and San Juan County.

Dancer NamingThis site contains information on Square Dance Clubs, Dance Schedules, New Dancer Lessons and Level Dances in our region, and much more.  Navigate to your areas of interest by clicking (your mouse) on the buttons in the left margin or clicking on the "hyperlinked" text or graphics.

 


 

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CALLERLAB (International Association of Square Dance Callers) and ROUNDALAB (International Association of Round Dance Teachers, Inc.) have web sites with a lot of information for square dancers and round dancers.

 

 


Cancellations (Revised May 22 @ 6:35 pm)
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Also see the Events Calendars.  Cancelled events are indicated in red.

A Blast

A BLAST has CANCELLED through May 2020.  

Cascade Crossfires

All Cascade Crossfires dances (Mondays, and 4th Saturdays) have been canceled through August of this year.   September is the earliest we might have a dance. 

Dancing Shadows

Dancing Shadows have  cancelled thru May

First Saturday Eastside Plus/Dancing Shadows dances
Date June 6, 2020
Juanita CC 
Kirkland, WA
We are sorry for this but feel that this is necessary for everyone's safety from the coronavirus.
Eastside Plus /Dancing Shadows will be back in the Fall of 2020.Please stay healthy and safe.

Dudes & Dolls

The Dudes & Dolls are cancelling our March 13th dance, and postponing our lessons for two weeks until March 24.

The Dudes and Dolls board got together via email, and decided for our health and safety to cancel all events for the month of April.

Fern Bluff Squares

Fern Bluff Squares Executive Committee has been monitoring the situation regarding the corona virus and has canceled the following events.

  1. Workshop Thursday March 12, 2020 – Canceled

  2. Dance on Saturday March 14, 2020 – Canceled

  3. Workshop on Thursday March 26, 2020 – Canceled

  4. Fund Raiser – March 27-30, 2020 – See below for additional information. – Canceled

  5. Workshop Thursday April 9, 2020 – Canceled

  6. Dance on Saturday April 11, 2020 – Canceled

  7. Workshop Thursday April 23, 2020 – Canceled

  8. Dance on Saturday May 9, 2020 – Canceled

  9. Workshop Thursday May 21, 2020 – Canceled

Fidalgo Fogcutters

Wednesday Plus Dance/Workshops are now closed and canceled until further notice.  March 4, was the last one.

The Fidalgo Fogcutters have cancelled their March 20th dance at the Skagit Valley Grange.  Our' Practice Your Plus' Wednesdays have been cancelled until at least April 15th.

Fidalgo Fogcutters have cancelled their April 17th dance and May 15 Potato Dinner Dance.

Freewheelers

The Freewheelers Square Dance Club will not be holding their scheduled May or June dances of:

  • May 3 – “Disney on Parade” mainstream dance with Suzanne Jones and Debbie Taylor

  • May 17  - plus “Sail Away with Us” plus dance with Mike Olson and Debbie Taylor.

  • June 7 – “Hot Hawaiian Nights” all singing calls mainstream dance with Roger Spiese and Debbie Taylor

Freewheelers have not made any decision on their July (5 & 19) dances.

Happy Hoppers

The Happy Hoppers are cancelling the rest of our activities for this dance season including:

  •  April 27 & May 4 Mainstream Strengthening Workshops with Steve Noseck (Totem Middle School closure)

  •  May 10 HH Dance with Gary Monday/Karen Neverdowski (Stillaguamish Senior Center closure)

  •  June 14 HH Double Dance with National Caller Andy Allemao/Karen Neverdowski (Stillaguamish Senior Center closure)

We hope everyone is staying safe.

Eric Selby

Happy Rounders

The Happy Rounders Club has suspended their Tuesday night dances until April 28, 2020.

Mount Baker Singles

The Mt. Baker Singles board approved holding no dance on April 10.

The Mt. Baker Singles have cancelled their May 8 dance.

Due to the senior center closure our Mr. Baker Singles/Skagit Squares joint lessons on Tuesday evenings have been halted.

Our MBS board decided to cancel our June 12 dance since the Gov. is reluctant to open up the state for dancing.  We have planned a special “blowout” dance later since the Mt. Baker Singles are disbanding at the end of this season.  The Skagit Squares will sponsor this special “ending” dance when things get back to somewhat normal in the future.
John

Mount Baker TCCA

The March 15 meeting of MBTCCA is cancelled.  The March 15 MBTCCA level dance was an error and has been removed from the level dance list and the March calendar.

Rainbow Squares

Rainbow Squares “Singing the Hits” square dance scheduled for March 28 has been postponed. We are working with our callers in hopes we can reschedule this dance for the fall or next spring.  If you have a ticket to this sold-out dance, please hang on to it. This will allow you to either roll it over to the new date or request a refund.

The Rainbow Squares have cancelled all of their April dances.

Rainbow Squares have cancelled their May 9th dance and will see everyone in September.

Samena Squares

The Friday March 13 Samena Squares dance has been cancelled.

This is to let you know that ALL Samena activities have been cancelled until our dance on April 24, 2020.  I do hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.  What a great day it will be when we can all dance together again,  Until then God bless each of you and keep you safe.

Today the decision was made to cancel the April dance due to the uncertainty of our situation.

Samena Squares are cancelling their May 8th, May 22nd, June 12th and June 26th dances.

Skagit Squares

The Skagit Squares dance scheduled for March 21 has been canceled due to the senior center closure.  Our Mr. Baker Singles/Skagit Squares joint lessons on Tuesday evenings have been halted also with this closure.

The Skagit Squares cancelled their April 18 level dance.  With the senior center still closed our Tuesday evening student program will be halted for a while longer.

The Skagit Squares are cancelling their May 16 dance and their Pig Roast Dance on June 27, 2020.  Our Tuesday evening beginners program is cancelled until the Mount Vernon Senior Center reopens.  

Sky Valley Whirlwinds

Sky Valley Whirlwinds have suspended their lessons until further notice.

Sky Valley Whirlwinds have cancelled their April 18th dance.

Sky Valley Whirlwinds have cancelled their May 16th dance. We will advise ASAP regarding the summer dances.

Sky Valley Whirlwinds has made the decision to cancel all three of our summer dances.   

Square Crows

Square Crows June dance has been cancelled.

Stanwood Sashayers

The Stanwood Sashayers are cancelling our April and May club dances.

The Stanwood Sashayers will not meet again this season. September is possible for restart, but not firm.

Whirlybirds

Bill Benn, Acting President of Whirlybirds has notified me that all lessons, Fun Fests, and dances during the months of April and May have been cancelled.

  • Whirlybirds       Will not be having a lesson June 4,   or Hot Diggety Dog dance June 5. We want to be safe and healthy. Please pass the word along to other clubs.

  • Other

    Or-bets round dance lessons on Tuesdays and Or-bets round dances on Wednesdays are cancelled thru the end of April.

    The Apple Blossom 2020 (Plus) Plus & Rounds Weekend, May 1-3, 2020 has been cancelled.

    There will be no Basic (1-48) dance on the 28 of March or April 25. Sorry.

    69th National Square Dance Convention (Spokane 2020) is cancelled.

    Doug asked me to remind delegates and officers to get their reports to me by May 10th so I can get the non meeting minutes ready.

    Based on Governor Inslee's phased approach for reopening we will not have a June Council meeting as we will only be in Phase 2 (maybe) which only allows contact with 5 people per week.

    Jo Ann

    I'm sure you all have probably assumed that the June council meeting would be cancelled.  This will verify that assumption.  Marysville School District has advised us that the meeting room will not be available.  The schools are still closed, but hopefully we will be able to have our September meeting.

    Have a good summer!  Hopefully we will soon be somewhat back to normal.  I sure hope so!  

    Sandi Moore
    Corresponding Secretary
    Mount Baker Council

    Bob Berka has advised me that there will be no Round Dancing, and this includes the Spring Round Dance Ball on May 17th.  They will let everyone know when their hall is again available. 

    Essence of Mainstream dances (normally second Wed afternoons at Cedar Valley Grange in Lynnwood) have been canceled until further notice.  

    I am very sorry to report at this time, with everything going on in the world.  The only safe thing to do would be to CANCEL our spring state meeting, May 15-16, 2020. I am just trying to do what Governor Inslee would approve of Stay Home, Stay Healthy.We will continue to do our part in the social distancing, absolutely no gatherings until the Governor gives an all clear message.I hope everyone is doing well, see you all very soon.
     

    So Judy Ottoson had a great idea.  Please send in your report to Judy and she will compile some information and send it out.  Just a way of connecting with all of us.

    I thought it was a great idea.  Please by May 15th,  jdottoson1@msn.com.

    Thank you so much.
    Margaret Kiser

    If you are sending out cancellation notices via e-mail, make sure the Computer Coordinator is on your distribution list: mbc.comp.coord@gmail.com


    Lee Barnhart shared a photo album with you.
    “MBC Spring Council Dance 2020”

    View album

     

    Square Dance Lessons & No Experience Dances

    Mt Baker CoiuncilFor those of you who may be interested in getting started in square dancing, we have a brochure (pdf document) that you can download from the "Fliers" page which has current information about square dance and lessons.  Also, be sure to see our lessons page, which lists the current dates and times for lessons offered by the square dance clubs in the Mt. Baker Square Dance Council.  Also see You2CanDance.com or watch a square dance demonstration video.

    We have No Experience Dances in January, August and September and also a No Experience Dance Hall at most of our Mt. Baker Council dances.  Give it a try and find out what square dancing is all about.

    HEY GUYS:  There are a lot more single women in square dancing than there are single men.  Think about taking our square dance lessons and join the fun!

     

     

     

     


    WA Square Dance Federation Pictures

    The Square and Folk Dance Federation of Washington State has a new companion web site for sharing photos and videos.

    [ NOTE !!: The site is still in it's infancy as a "Work-In-Progress" … so, the bulk of the "content" you can explore right now is under the RAINIER COUNCIL link below . Select the RAINIER COUNCIL link and then, as another example, select the SWINGNUTS Square Dance Club (under the "Clubs" heading) to get a better idea of what the site will look like once clubs start posting their own pictures and videos.

    This site was created by, and will be maintained entirely by volunteers.

    There is a primary "Admin" and (hopefully) a large number of Authorized Assistant Admins ("AAA's) representing the Councils and Clubs within the WA State square dance community.

    Admin and "AAA" Responsibilities

    No copyrighted pictures are allowed on the site (watermarking images to identify the originator is acceptable).Visitors to the site are welcome to comment on photos, and to download copies for their own use (or use the "BUY" button to order prints or merchandize directly from SmugMug).

    Below is a letter from Lane Johnston (Publicity/Promotion chair for WA State Federation of Square and Folk Dancers).

    Dear Club, Council, or Association President (or other officer);

    I would like to request your help identifying “volunteer” Assistant Administrators for the companion website I’ve created for posting pictures taken at any square or round dance event across Washington State.

    If you aren’t already aware of the website’s existence, I suggest reading the “Did You Know…” article on page 32 in the January issue of Footnotes online. Please explore the site a bit before reading further…the web address (URL) is http://squaredance-wa-pics.org  to see what it’s all about.

    I would like to have 1 or 2 Assistant Administrators for each club, council, or association “on staff”.  They do not have to be website gurus…anyone comfortable surfing the web has the necessary skill to be successful as an Assistant Administrator. Their “job” will be to create a photo gallery and a “guest upload link”, ideally before a dance, to which photos taken by anyone at the dance can be easily uploaded to the gallery from cell phones or digital cameras. It only takes a few simple “clicks” to create a gallery and a guest upload link...it can be done in less than two minutes. The guest upload link can be easily shared before, during, or immediately following a dance.

    All I need from you is the name and email address for each volunteer Assistant Administrator you recruit for your club or council. I will send them a username & password that will allow them to access the website. I’ll include instructions for creating photo galleries.

    It’s hoped that in a short period of time we’ll have a library of square dance pictures for every club and council in the state of Washington…all in one place, and accessible for viewing by any dancer without having to subscribe or login.

    Since we’re traveling at the moment, I’m using my wife Gail’s laptop to send this email (her email address is gailj@chessmenkastle.com ). Please respond using MY email address (lanej@chessmenkastle.com) . It would be hugely appreciated if I could have several volunteer Assistant Administrators “on staff” within the next few weeks.

    Cheers,

    Lane Johnston (Publicity/Promotion chair for WA State Federation of Square and Folk Dancers)

    Email: lanej@chessmenkastle.com

    Phone: (253) 200-4566

    Cell/txt (425) 765-7013


    "All Around Dancer" Fun Dangle

    You Can Earn this Dangle to show that you are an all around dancer and have a great time sharpening your dance skills at the same time.
    Round tuit dangle
    All you have to do is Dance at 10 different clubs in Mt. Baker Council within 1 year span of time. (Level dances & Council dances may be included.) Present your signature sheet at the sign in desk of the club you visit to collect your signature. When you have ten signatures from ten different clubs including your own home club, present your signature sheet to your own club president. He/She will forward it to the Council via Council Delegate or you may send it directly to the Round Tuit Chairman, Cliff McCracken, 939 Quinn Ave  Marysville, WA 98270.

    Dangles are available from Mt. Baker Council at no cost to the club.  Click here for signature sheet.


    Where to Dance (where2dance.com)
    A list of places to go square and round dancing in the northwest.  Brought to you by Kappie Kappenman
    (also on the "Web Links" page)

     
    The Mount Baker Square Dance Council is a member of the Square and Folk Dance Federation of Washington, Inc.

    The image “http://www.squaredance-wa.org/images/wsymdance.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.The Square Dance is the official Washington State dance

    On April 17, 1979, the square dance became the official Washington state dance. When the pioneers came west, they brought with them a dance called the quadrille, which means square in French. The pioneers liked the simpler term and so the square dance was born. The dance is known for its series of figures and footwork. Dancers are directed by a caller. It is easy to learn, a good form of exercise and fun.


    License PlateSquare Dance License Plates
    To become a proud owner of a SPECIAL SQUARE DANCER LICENSE PLATE all you have to do is take your vehicle registration or license "Renewal Notice" to your local friendly Department of Vehicle Licensing Agency. Tell them you are a Square Dancer and you want the special Square Dancer License Plate.

    Be sure to send us your new plate number and identify your city and club name. You can send this information to the Program Coordinator:  Dick & Bonnie Blewett by
    e-mail blew@hctc.com or call 360-877-5907.


    Clubs - Partner with LiveHealthy2020

      What is LiveHealthy2020?

    LiveHealthy2020 brings together a broad cross-section of partners representing diverse communities with one common agenda – to improve the health and economic vitality of Snohomish County by improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, enhancing mental and emotional health, and fostering civic health and connectivity by the year 2020 and beyond.

    Join LiveHealthy2020 Today!

    By joining LiveHealthy2020, you partner with business, non-profit, government, health, education, faith, and others in your community who believe that when we work together around common goals, we can better leverage resources to make targeted and effective improvements for the health of all county residents.

    Connect with your community by registering your organization with LiveHealthy2020’s Countywide Provider Database. There’s no longer the need to do our work alone.

    Registering is easy!

    • Go to pihccommunity.org

    • Click on Sign Up and register your organization

    • Check your email for an invitation with a link to log in

    • Follow the link, click Log In and create a password


    Ila Williams AwardNominations for the Ila Williams Memorial Award
    It's time to start thinking about nominations for the Ila Williams Memorial Award.
    Resumes should be passed on to or be presented to the current holder of the award.
    Annual deadline will be February 1st.

    Send resumes to: Lee & Lorna Barnhart <leebarnhart061@gmail.com>

     

     

     


    Upcoming Events

    Spokane Area Council & Hoo Doo Valley Hoedowners   Square Crows   69th National Square Dance Convention


    Please E-mail your club information updates to the webmaster: mbc.comp.coord@gmail.com