Virtual

Virtual Square Dancing

This new program has become a weekly event. We encourage all local square dancers to attend. It is a great way to keep up your dancing skills and get exercise during the COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings.

Virtual Square Dance – Mainstream Level
Time: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time
Two couples formation with one phantom couple
Goal: to give local dancers experience at dancing with a phantom couple
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5792139849
Meeting ID: 579 213 9849
Telephone (audio only) dial: 587-328-1099 Canada

Virtual Square Dance – Plus Level
Time: Thursday, May 21, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time
Two couple formation, with one phantom couple
Goal: to give Plus level dancers experience at dancing with a phantom couple
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5792139849
Meeting ID: 579 213 9849
Telephone (audio only) dial: 587-328-1099 Canada

Moves Possible In A Two-Couple Formation (PDF format)
Mainstream Level
Plus Level

Zoom
This software program (app) allows users to connect with each other using the cameras and microphones on their cell phones, tablets or desktop computers. Visit our Zoom page to learn how to download the free version of the program and use it to join our dances.

Our Dances
At present, our dances are focusing on introducing local dancers to the concepts of Two-Couple square dancing and dancing with a Phantom Couple. Once the dancers are familiar with these concepts, the program will expand to include dancing in full squares, with one Live couple (or individual dancer) and three Phantom Couples. In future, the program will expand to include dances at the Plus, Advanced or Challenge levels.

Two-Couple Square Dancing
Many square dance moves involve only two couples. Two-couple dancing can be done with the two active couples taking the Number One (back to the caller) and Number Three (facing the caller) positions. There are no dancers in the Number Two and Four positions.


Phantom Couples
The home position of the “Live” couple (or individual) is the Number Three position (facing the Caller). The home position of the imaginary “Phantom” Couple is the Number One position. Dancers will always be diagonal to the other dancer of the same gender.

The “Live” couple has the challenge of dancing their own moves, and visualizing where the Phantom dancers are located in the group of four. It might help to visualize that the Phantom Couple are “Romeo and Juliet” or some other well known couple.

This exercise allows us to practice our dancing within the “social distancing” restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.