Wed, Aug 28, 2013 07:21 PM
The crew will perform at the Vermont State Fair, Sept. 4
PITTSFORD - When the air begins to cool and it becomes the season
of technicolor leaves, country fairs, and ages old traditions in
the Green Mountain State abound. One of those old traditions is the
barn dance, where friends gathered on a Saturday night to enjoy
music, each other's company, and the fun of dancing in the cool of
Since, most do not have barns anymore, the fun of barn dancing has
morphed into square dancing; and this culture is still active in
The Cast Off 8's and the Champlain Valley Squares Square Dance
Clubs recently put on a demonstration of modern western square
dancing at the Addison County Field Days and the Cast Off 8's from
Rutland are planning a demonstration at the Vermont State Fair in
Rutland on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. on the Sugarhouse Stage.
CO8's begin classes in September at Lothrop School on Route 7 in
Pittsford; the crew encourages anyone interested to join in on the
"Square dancing is a fun cure for the cabin fever that sets in
during a long Vermont winter, too," said David Moakley in a recent
newsletter. "Modern Western Square Dancing is an active fun way to
meet friendly people." CO8's is holding two free dance
nights, Wednesday, Sept. 11 and 18 to introduce new dancers to the
fun of this activity. The club meets Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.
from September to May.
Participants learn all the calls that you need to be able to dance
all over the country, and even the world. Classes do not mean
classroom time; rather everyone will be dancing and enjoying the
fun from the first night.
The calls build on each other weekly; if you miss a class or two
there are reviews and experienced dancers to help pull others
through the steps.
"Square dancing is a good way to forget about the working world
and move into fun mode for a night," said Moakley. "Carefree
activity is becoming more rare in this world, so take advantage of
this opportunity to have some fun."
Classes are $6 per person after the two free nights. This
cost covers the fantastic CO8 caller/teacher, Ken Ritucci, who
drives to Pittsford from Springfield, MA every Wednesday throughout
For more information contact David Moakley 483-9938.