More than 2,000 dancers – including members of the Clinton County Country Square Dance Club and 240 from Ohio, the event’s largest state delegation – attended the 71st Annual National Square Dance Convention in Evansville, Indiana .
The convention included not only square dances and roll-calls, but also line dances, counters, and round dances. There was a special dance hall for dancers under 18.
The opening ceremony of the four-day convention was hosted by Tom White, a well-known pianist from Mason, Ohio, who played a melody of patriotic songs.
Dance workshops were available daily for new dancers to improve their dancing skills while square dance callers and round dance cures from across the country provided dancing opportunities. Dancers were also allowed to compete in open square dancing competitions, with the winner being the last square standing.
The Ghost Riders Square Dance Band of California provided square dance music daily.
A variety of wonderful exhibition groups such as the Heritage Dancers and the River City Riders performed throughout the day. One of the highlights of the convention was the Moonlight Stroll by the River fashion show.
The convention ceremonies coordinator was Tom Davis of Dayton – a star caller for many state conventions and festivals.
Clinton County Country Square Dancers offer weekly Western square dancing classes to people of all ages at the Dove Church in Wilmington. A new class of dancers should see the light of day in July.
Anyone interested in taking lessons should contact club president Wayne Ames or any club member.
Additionally, members are now making plans for next year’s convention in Mobile, Alabama.
Art and Connie Whitaker enjoyed round dancing at the National Square Dance Convention.
From left to right, local participants Colleen Germann, Sandy Ames, Wayne Ames, Charlotte Grim and Robert Grim.