Rancheros Square Dance Club to Offer Lessons

Right to left: Rancheros Rebecca Williams, Dann Denny, and Kim Denny get ready to square dance with friends Jim and Jane Gray.

Carol Hays and Rebecca Williams

If you can walk, you can square dance. Square dancing has changed and is now more fun than ever before. The Rancheros Square Dance Club dances with our sister club, SaddleBrooke Squares. We dance to all types of music, no longer just country music. Our live callers use multiple genres from Rock to Broadway. Special attire is not required—come casual, wear western clothing, or square dance attire. There are no routines or fancy dance steps to memorize, just walk to the music as the caller tells you what steps to do—you don’t even need to have rhythm. We offer square dance lessons starting Sept. 2. Very quickly, you will learn some basic moves and be off to a sometimes challenging, but always surprisingly fun, time.

Easy way to make new friends. We welcome both couples and singles. In your square of eight dancers, you are constantly meeting and changing partners. Each square varies throughout the evening based on our unique computerized system. That helps ensure you meet many new friends. No partner is required. In fact, you only dance with your partner about 25 percent of the time in any case! You will be interacting with the other six people in your square most of the time.

Dance for the health of it. Square dancing has been called the perfect exercise because it lowers blood pressure, strengthens bones, improves memory skills, and supplies low-impact cardiovascular conditioning. It will help you get those steps in!

Not just a dance club. Along with our Sunday evening square dances, club social events are also scheduled. These events may include comedy shows, pool parties, bocce ball games, potluck dinners, magic shows, and trips to such places as Duval Sierrita Copper Mine, community theaters, and plays. All are great ways to make new friends!

Lessons start on Thursday, Sept. 2. You can come and try for free. The lessons are held together with the SaddleBrooke Squares at the SaddleBrooke TWO MountainView Ballroom in SaddleBrooke starting at 7 p.m. Come and see what a fun activity square dancing is! We have been dancing since May and would love to have you join us.

For more information, visit saddlebrookeranchhoa.org and click “Things to do,” “Clubs,” “Dance, Music & Theater,” and then “Square Dance–Rancheros.” If you have questions, contact Rebecca Williams at 520-825-2466.