Doing the do-si-do in Friendswood
For the Hanger Squares Square Dance Club, the new year typically is a time to welcome new members.
The Friendswood-based group will give guests a free taste of what it does at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 901 Buckingham Drive in Leavesley Park.
Participants will learn a few basic steps and meet club members.
They show you probably six different calls," treasurer Joyce Pavelka said. It's an excellent time."
Club members will follow free night with beginning square dancing lessons 7-8:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 30 through May. Lessons cost $10 a month, and club membership costs $12 a month.
It's the least expensive thing you can do on a regular basis," president Tim White said.
The Hanger Squares' name is based on its meeting place: Jones Hangar at Leavesley Park. Initially, the hangar and surrounding property were owned by a doctor who invited the club to use the building for gatherings after the group was established in 1974.
People had to roll out the planes before dancing in there," White said.
Later, after the doctor donated the property to the city of Friendswood, it was developed into a park, and the hangar became a multipurpose facility. The 35-member square dance club continues to hold its lessons and dances there.
Dances, featuring caller Garland Smith, begin at 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
It's a wholesome family activity," White said. It's open to anybody."
White has been dancing with the club for 11 years.
I'm one of the newcomers," he joked.
For the older population, square dancing is one of the things they recommend for mental agility and physical coordination," White said.
Most dances last about two hours and feature regular breaks.
Pavelka estimates that half of the club members are from Pearland. Others represent Alvin, Dickinson, Santa Fe and Dickinson. It's an area-wide club," she said.
For more information, visit www.hangersquares.org.
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