This Saturday, Nov 16th the Thunder Mountain Twirlers present Dan Nordbye at their Welcome Back dance held at the Rothery Education Center (Old Apache Middle School), 3305 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ.Mainstream and Plus 6:30-9:30pm, $7 advance, $8.50 at the door, please find the event on the west side of the campus.Details.
Later in the month on Saturday November 23rd, come celebrate with the Tucson Twirlers at their 45th Anniversary Dance & Rick's Calling Anniversary!Tucson Twirlers 1974-2019, plus Rick also began Calling in 1974.It all starts at 7:00 pm Pre-Rounds 7:30-9:30pm Mainstream and Plus squares, at the Old Pueblo Dance Center.Details.
Winter Solstice marks a day of dance, food, socializing and community.This SARDASA Dance Celebration features various dances with alternating levels. Pot luck food and snacks will be set up to enjoy throughout the event, with Hot foods midway.Free for members, Saturday, December 21st from 4:00 – 8:00pm at the Old Pueblo Dance Center.More details soon.
Green Valley 2019 New Year's Eve Dance with pre-rounds, mainstream and plus squares featuring Caller Mike Sikorsky and Cuer Lynn Van Atta.From 7:00 – 10:00pm, held at the Canoa Hills Social Center, 3660 S Camino del Sol, Green Valley, AZ.$15.00 in advance, $17.50 at the door.Order Tickets & Details.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Jan4, 3-5pm – Barn Dance at Sonoran Stables with Live Band
Jan 10-12 - 12th Annual Southern Arizona Clogging Festival
Jan 17-19 - Tucson Square Dance Festival 2020
Old Pueblo Dance Centerclean up day is this Saturday, Nov 16th, 12:00 - 3:00 pm.Please bring garden tools, gloves, snack/potluck food, and help us with fixing everything but the kitchen sink.We will put the signs and artwork back up, clean the light fixtures, fix whatever needs a fixin’.
The Board of Directors meets on Saturday, Nov 23rd at the Woods Library, guests are welcome to attend.The meeting runs from Noon until 2:00pm, please check the sign for the meeting room when you arrive at the library located at 3455 N 1st Ave,, Tucson.
The following poem was written for the June 1987 Square Notes, the OPSDA newsletter by two founding members of the Old Pueblo Dance Center.
OPSDA's (Old Pueblo Square Dance Association) Pioneers
There's a story that really needs to be told,
about a group of dancers, well worth their weight in gold.
They really needed a hall to dance in and to call their own,
One that would hold more than eight squares and still be their home.
It was back in the 60s with worries of the unknown,
How can we start? How should we begin? Had no ready cash, and wondered could we get a loan?
Well the dancers put a plan in motion, selecting a few key men right from this notion.
Two of the men volunteered to perform the great task,
giving so much of their time to search our fair city so vast,
for just the right spot, keeping the limited finances always in mind,
and want to tell you how pleased we all were, when the Delano property was found.
Now the big question, how do we raise the much needed dough?
Just to name a few, there were rummage sales, bake sales, organized bazaars
and raffles we all know,
For a couple of years we planned a Pit Barbeque Feast at Randolph Park;
these most delicious meals were served to the public on Sunday till dark,
after then men dancers took turns all thru the Saturday night;
making sure the coals were staying hot to cook the meat just right.
Several callers and dancers donated their time for special Exhibitions,
and last but not least, the hard labor of love in building this Center
we all desired, with so many decisions.
I'm sure that if any of you reading this today, could have heard the raised
voices at the OPSDA board meetings back then,
wouldn't have believed all that we accomplished with so few women and men.
Rising at 3 AM on Saturday morning to work in the cool of the day,
helped us through the trial and tribulations encouraging us to stay.
Then on Saturday nights we all came out to dance at the Old Barn,
And the best part, when we walked out of there, we all were
still the very best of friends.
The camaraderie that was deeply felt but never explained,
told us all that our goals were very much the same,
the strife, the sweat from the toil and strain,
only bound us together in closeness and aim.
The City Fathers couldn't believe that in this group of men,
there was only one who had actual building experience,
and doubted that we would be able to build this huge Center,
for all Square and Round Dancers to enter,
holding our first dance in December of 1971,
feeling such pride in the large job we had done.
Now what do I see when I look at the chairs where these workers once sat?
There's a feeling of sadness for we know where many are at,
I see that one by one they are taking their positions in the ranks of Heaven
and find it has taken a very long time to compile these thoughts,
and finally accomplished in the year of 1987.
Gordon & Wyona Shipp, founders
This is the original barn where the square dancers held their dances before the Old Pueblo Dance Center hall was built.
The above riting is in honor of all those who put their all into this great undertaking,and wish that each one could be told of the joy we share in having this great OPSDA Center to dance in, almost every night of the week.
The Square and Round Dance Association of Southern Arizona promotes and preserves American Folk Dance in Southern Arizona. Our member clubs teach and dance at the Old Pueblo Dance Center, among other venues in the region. Step in and enjoy dancing Square, Round, Clogging or Contra every day of the week.
Square and Round Dance Association of Southern Arizona 501(c)3 Non-Profit
We operate the Old Pueblo Dance Center located at: 613 E. Delano Street, Tucson, AZ 85705
Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 41314, Tucson, AZ 85717-1314 Phone: 520-216-4455 eMail: email@example.com
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