Arkansas State Square Dance Federation
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Arkansas State Square Dance Federation, Inc.

Contents
Welcome/Webmaster Message
In Memoriam
Callers And Cuers
Clubs And Organizations
Specials And Benefit Dances
Changes And Cancellations
Dance Lessons/Graduation Dances/Demos
Dance Admission Fees
The Modern Square
E-Edition
Officers
Fall Festival
History
Membership And Board Meetings
Advertisers In The Modern Square
Square Dance Items For Sale
Internet Square Dance Links

Welcome/Webmaster Message


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Welcome to the new homepage for the Arkansas State Square Dance Federation (ASSDF), Inc.; last updated Oct. 14, 2018.

It's always a good time to think of square and round dancing, wherever you are. The new domain, www.theassdf.org was obtained on Oct. 7, 2017...and the page is best viewed in 1024x768 resolution. Due to CHANGING my Webhosting Providers in October, 2017, due to cost, the NEW ADDRESS is www.theassdf.org. The former domain of www.assdf.com is NO LONGER VALID -- please update your bookmarks accordingly.

This is a Cookie Free Website, a Java Free Website, and it was originally created with the HTML Editor. The site is hosted by Ace-Net Webhosting. The total number of hits is at the bottom of the page, with a sponsor link.


Now, a bit of history. The original ASSDF webmaster, Joyce Taylor, died several years ago. As a result, the ORIGINAL ASSDF website that was at squaredancing.com, had OUTDATED INFORMATION for several years.

After several attempts, I finally got in contact with their webmaster, and that data should have now been removed. If it is still there, it is outdated.

In late 2007, I set up a page for the ASSDF as a separate section off of my personal homepage. Then, on Oct. 26, 2009, I was able to obtain a new domain for the website...but I had to CHANGE my Webhosts on Oct. 1, 2017, due to cost, as noted above.

While this site looks similar to the original one (I patterned the design after it, but changed the colors to make it easier to read), the current site has more information.


Much of the information on the ASSDF Website is taken from The Modern Square, Arkansas' publication of square and round dancing.

By choosing the desired links, you'll get a glimpse of who, and what we are. We hope that you enjoy your visit, and will come back often to keep up with the happenings of our federation clubs, callers and cuers, etc. We invite you to come see that both square dancing and round dancing are Friendship Set To Music.

NOTE: Except for reports from the various clubs, articles from the ASSDF Officers, as well as selected callers and cuers, all of the information that is on the ASSDF Website is taken DIRECTLY from The Modern Square.


PLEASE CHECK THE DATA noted on the pages for Clubs, Callers and Cuers and Special Dances, to verify that the information noted is correct -- because if it is WRONG here on the website, then it's likely WRONG in The Modern Square (for both the e-Edition and the print edition)!! Plus, dances can be changed or cancelled at the last minute, for a variety of reasons, including weather, holidays, caller/cuer illness, etc.
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The ASSDF is the official organization of Arkansas Square Dancers. While mentioning square dancing, we also welcome and promote round dancing as well...and, a Fall Festival is held in a different Arkansas city each October.

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Also on this page are links to the callers and cuers, the clubs and organizations, The Modern Square, a list of the current ASSDF officers, and other square dance links for your enjoyment.

If you have any questions, or if you have any square or round dance related links...you can contact the webmaster, who will forward your comment to the appropriate party.

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In Memoriam


I have created a page, In Memoriam...to the Arkansas callers, cuers (and their taws (spouses)), and dancers, who have passed away over the years. I will need your help in letting me know the names of these individuals who are gone, but not forgotten. I don't need the names of the clubs they danced with, dates of death, etc...just the names of these individuals, and whether they were a caller, cuer, spouse of the caller or cuer, or dancer.

I've added a list of clubs that are also gone, but not forgotten. For these, I need the name of the club, and the city where they danced. And, I have also added names of former callers and cuers...who are still alive...to the best of my knowledge...but are no longer calling/cueing for an Arkansas club.

Your help in preserving the legacy of these individuals (caller, cuer, or dancer), and clubs...will be greatly appreciated.

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Callers And Cuers


There are several callers and cuers across Arkansas. While most of the callers call Basic, Mainstream, and Plus level square dancing, some callers also call Advanced, and Challenge level square dancing. Round Dance Cuers cue Phases 2-6, and some callers and cuers are available for Special Dances. For a detailed list of callers and cuers, click here.

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Clubs and Organizations


There are several clubs and organizations across Arkansas for your dancing pleasure. For a list of Arkansas' Square and Round Dance Clubs and Organizations, click here. Also, be sure to note the Changes and Cancellations section here.

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Specials And Benefit Dances


Clubs hold special and benefit dances throughout the year. These are dances where a caller or cuer that's different from their regular caller and cuer is brought in to call the dance...or where the dance is held to raise money to benefit a dancer or their family, for medical costs because of health issues, helping them to recover from loss of possessions (such as from a fire, flood, tornado, etc.). Most of these dances are DONATION BASED, with all proceeds going to help those in need. You can find the Specials and Benefit Dances here.

Also listed are special dances outside of Arkansas...including the National Square Dance Convention, and the Single Square Dancers USA Labor Day Dance-A-Rama. Be sure to check with the contacts listed with each dance (or websites, if so listed), for further information.

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Changes and Cancellations


Unfortunately, last minute changes to scheduled dances do sometimes occur. That's why no matter whether you dance to a local club, or travel a good distance to a dance, it is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you contact the person listed BEFORE TRAVELING to a dance. Clubs sometimes CHANGE their location, or CANCEL their dance that day, or even AT THE LAST MINUTE for various reasons (weather, etc.), hall conflicts, holidays, or for other clubs Special Dances, or even for the ASSDF Fall Festival.

It can be VERY FRUSTRATING after driving a long distance to find that a club is ''dark'' (not dancing)...especially with the price of gasoline nowadays!! As noted, these changes can also OCCUR AT THE LAST MINUTE...and it's better to be safe than sorry, by calling ahead before you travel. This is especially true when stormy weather (thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding, snow, ice, etc.) affects an area. A list of these changes and cancellations can be found here. For weather information and forecasts across Arkansas, click here. For Arkansas Road Traffic Patterns, and Construction Zones, click here.

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Dance Lessons/Graduations/Demos


Square and Round Dance Lessons. Whatever your introduction was, it was the start of an incredible journey.

The thought may stir memories of dancing with the same sex in elementary school, doing a swing your partner, do-si-do, etc. You may recall the first night of class, when a friend invited you to learn square or round dancing. You might have been at a ''one night stand demonstration'', put on by a church or other group. Or maybe you are curious as to what the wonderful world of square and round dancing is about.

From a personal standpoint, I remember the first night of class in 1985, as it was VERY DIFFERENT than what I did back in Elementary School!! All of these women that I didn't even know were giving me hugs (yellowrocks), and I thought to myself ''What have I gotten myself into??''. But, after graduation, it was like waiting in line for hugs, and saying ''Next, please!!'' (grin!).

For a further overview of square and round dancing, as well as a list of upcoming square and round dance lessons, click here. For a Square Dancers Bill Of Rights, as well as a guide to a Square Dance Graduation Ceremony...along with The Square Dancers Pledge, click here.

Also, at times, there are several groups who like to have dancers come to do a ''demonstration''. These include church or social groups...especially just before a club is to start lessons. These also include nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, who have the dancers come to dance for a short time to ''help take the loneliness out of the day'' of many of the residents. With my elderly Mom in a rehabiliation center, I can understand the loneliness...even though I go visit her several times per week.

Unfortunately, the one bad thing about ''demos'' is that many dancers, callers, and cuers work a full time job during the day, and have other commitments (family, etc.) outside of dancing...let alone being a good distance away from the place where the group is wanting the demonstration is to be held. Plus, the caller or cuer who is putting on the demonstration is likely to require a fee for his or her services...unless there is a high potential of individuals ''taking part in the demonstration'' to sign up for lessons. If the demonstration is being held during the day, the dancers may want a lunch provided, even if for a nominal fee.

The best advice I could give for those groups interested in a ''demo'' is to check the clubs listing, to see if there is a club in, or near your area. If so, please contact the club contact listed for more information. Unfortunately, the amount of square and round dance clubs in Arkansas is much smaller than it was over 30 years ago...with some parts of Arkansas having few...if any...clubs in existence any more. I know this sounds disappointing and negative...but after all...square and round dancing is a HOBBY...and sometimes, other things outside of square and round dancing (job, health, family, etc.) have to take priority.

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Dance Admission Fees


Just like much of the country, most, but not all, of the square and round dance clubs charge a fee for visitors. This is to help pay the caller/cuer fee (they're not getting rich doing their job), the hall rent, etc. Fees usually range from $5 to $10 per person, but these may be higher (especially with Special Dances, and the ASSDF Fall Festival), and are subject to change without notice.

The fee applies whether it's for a regular dance, a Special Dance, or the ASSDF Fall Festival...unless otherwise noted...and rates for special dances may be higher. Check the ASSDF Clubs And Organizations listing for more details. A few of the clubs do not charge for visitors...but that is the exception, rather than the rule. Some clubs will charge admission to non-members if they are NOT a member of any other square dance club (an independent dancer, as it were).

Also, at the ASSDF Fall Festival, while visitors may watch the dance at no charge, they may NOT get out on the dance floor. If they do, they become dancers, and will be REQUIRED to pay the festival admission fee. This is because it's UNFAIR to those who HAVE PAID...and also because of hall rent and other festival expenses, as well as insurance issues. Plus, many dance festivals outside of Arkansas have higher priced weekend registration packages, and they seem to attract more dancers.

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The Modern Square


The Modern Square is the ASSDF's publication, containing reports from the various square and round dance clubs and organizations across the state...as well as information on upcoming special dances across Arkansas. A subscription form is in each issue. For a printable form, and a list of upcoming Subscription Dances...where dancers can sign up for, or renew their subscription to The Modern Square...or information on how to get a FREE e-Edition (NO PRINTED COPY), click here.

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E-Edition


A few years back, former Editor Fred Fisher created an e-Edition of The Modern Square. The advantages of that over the print edition are that:

1) You are emailed the file at least 2 weeks before the print edition arrived in the mail.

2) All pictures submitted to the Editor are included, and are in color.

3) Many links in the e-Edition were clickable from the PDF file(s)...readable with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Links to these back issues, along with more information, are located here.

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Officers


The ASSDF has several officers, on the executive board, and as committee chairpersons . For a list of these individuals, click here. For a list of their jobs, with the new ASSDF Bylaws, click here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file.

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Festival


The ASSDF has a yearly fall festival dance in a different Arkansas city each October...usually on Columbus Day Weekend. The Friday night dance features a National Caller for the Square Dancing...and Arkansas Cuers for the Round Dancing. Saturday activities feature workshops, the ASSDF Delegates Meeting (where bid presentations for future dances are made, and other items are discussed), plus the evening dancing to Arkansas Callers and Cuers.

Further details are located here. Fliers for the 2018 Fall Festival, are located here. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the file(s).

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History


The ASSDF was formed in 1949, by Otis A. Higgins, and Richard Dick. Max Smith was appointed in 1949 to plan and promote the first Federation Dance, and he was elected as the first president in 1951.

The ASSDF is actually 2 years older than the National Square Dance Convention (NSDC), which is overseen by the National Executive Committee...composed of past NSDC chairpersons. The NSDC is held the Wednesday through Saturday, up to and including, the last weekend of June each year, in a different U.S. city. It is billed as ''The World's Greatest Square Dance Event''. For more on the history of the ASSDF, a list of past ASSDF Presidents, past National Square Dance Conventions, as well as 3 poems I wrote...one for the 40th birthday of the ASSDF, and two poems as tributes to two of the greatest callers in Arkansas square dancing history, the late J.D. ''Pappy'' Kerr, and the late ''Wild Bill'' Wilder, click here.

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Membership And Board Meetings


The ASSDF has membership meetings; where the state square and round dance clubs send at least two (2) delegates to the meeting, to discuss various issues related to square and round dancing, and with the ASSDF. For further details, click here.

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Advertisers In The Modern Square


There are several businesses that support square and round dancing in Arkansas, by taking out ads in The Modern Square. A list of these is located here. As a side note, those who purchase ads in the Fall Festival Program Book, will receive posting of their ad info, until the next years Fall Festival (October).

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Square Dance Items For Sale


Unfortunately, there comes a time when dancers and callers/cuers, have to reduce their involvement in the hobby, or get out of it altogether. As a result, many are willing to sell their outfits, records, etc. to new dancers or callers, usually at a price that the individual couldn't afford new. For details, click here.

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Square Dance Links


There are many square and round dance links for your enjoyment on the Internet. These include websites and Facebook pages. A list of these is located click here.

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