All ages invited to square-dance lessons |

All ages invited to square-dance lessons

Provided to the Tribune

The next square-dance class for individuals, couples and families is scheduled at 6:29 p.m. Sept. 8 at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Children as young as 10 years of age find a challenge and some excitement in learning the routine. Younger ones are welcome to come and observe the others.

The evening will start off with a potluck dinner. The first two lessons are free and the cost is very minimal after that. No special clothing is needed. People who decide to continue can pick up colorful attire later. The coffeepot is always on and refreshments are available. The group has plenty of rest and conversation between learning sessions.

Square dancing started in the United States about 150 years ago to provide entertainment in the rural communities and along the trail. It moved west and has spread around the world. It is always taught in English. Once in a while a couple from Japan or Germany visits and adds some spice to the program.

The local group has been dancing together since 1975 and many people have come and gone since then. Some became older, some grew up and moved away, some just got too busy doing other things and some still dance every week just for the fun of it. Previous dancers are always welcome to return as well as new people – even those with two left feet. After people learn the basic steps they can join in any mainstream or plus dance anywhere in the world and feel welcome. Members of the local group have danced in such places as Hawaii, Santa Rosa, Sonora, Salt Lake City, Anaheim, Dayton, Reno and Placerville.

Anyone who needs a friend to escort them to the first square-dance class can call Evelyn or Donald at (530) 541-2153. They will be happy to pick them up.