Baker Square Dance Council
The 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.
This 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.
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.
(Revised May 22 @ 6:35 pm)
Lee Barnhart shared a photo album with you.
For 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ). Please respond using MY email address (email@example.com) . It would be hugely appreciated if I could have several volunteer Assistant Administrators “on staff” within the next few weeks.
Lane Johnston (Publicity/Promotion chair for WA State Federation of Square and Folk Dancers)
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-877-5907.
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