Square dancing: you will be surprised

An evening of square dancing is equal to seven kilometres of walking.

Want to try something different this fall?

Get a mental and physical workout while making new friends and having fun. Why not come out and try two introductory square dance classes starting Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Courtenay Anglican Church, 579 Fifth St.

The benefits of square dancing are huge. It’s a low-impact exercise which improves muscle tone and bone density, and improves balance and co-ordination. An evening of square dancing is equal to seven kilometres of walking. Exercise doesn’t feel like exercise when it is done on the dance floor.

Square dancing also reduces stress and improves memory skills. Your mind has to focus on the activity at hand, and remembering all of the calls helps to keep the mind sharp. It is easy to put aside any stress of the day.

The music for square dancing has changed over the years. Modern square dancing is set to music ranging from pop to Broadway musical to contemporary country music — even rock.

The attire has changed as well. Long prairie skirts and swishing crinolines are still worn, but casual wear has also become the norm, especially at beginner lessons.

Square dancing is a social activity. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome. The dancing itself is a mixer. It is a great way to make new friends in a healthy social environment.

One of the biggest surprises is the high energy of square dancing and the amount of laughter that takes place. Lots of activities are enjoyable, but square dancing is just pure fun.

The Ocean Waves Square Dance Group invites you to join in the fun to see if this is the activity for you. You will be surprised.

For more information, call Cathy or Guy at (250) 388-7942.