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Square dance festival comes to Langley

Editor: For the third time in over 60 years, the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival is being held in Langley.

This festival is an annual event that is hosted either in Washington state or British Columbia.

I first heard about this festival when I was a teen square dancer, back in the 1960s. Nothing was more exciting than getting prepped for the competition.

Months and months of practising finally came to fruition, when we stepped onto the floor to demonstrate what we knew.

New matching dresses, crinolines, shoes, shirts and ties were sewn for us. The first year, our team from Surrey did not place.  We realized that months of practicing  was not enough.  It took years to become a flawless dancer.

We entered later and this time we did place. Well, that excitement is building for more than 100 dancers, who will compete against other teams in the competition being held at Langley Secondary School.

There are competitions for various age levels, dancing levels, and caller, cueing  levels.

Spectators are invited to attend the all-day Saturday competition.

The Friday night is a pre-dance for all the visitors and competitors.

Our local caller Steve Edlund and his wife, Lynnette,  who are members of the Brookswood Senior Citizens Centre, and call for our local club at the centre, are leading up this festival.

See you on the dance floor at LSS on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 

Bonnie Hartup,

Langley

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