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The beauty of Nelson County's rural landscape, music, and dance heritage roots deep in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountain soil making this a special place to embrace America's favorite native folk dance. Since 1984, the Grand Squares of Nelson continues to be Nelson County's premier club where great people gather to enjoy square dancing fun, friendship, and learn-by-doing square dance instruction. We love to SQUARE DANCE by the light of the moon on the sunny side of the Blue Ridge whenever and wherever we can. Come join us to find out for yourself how special life can be with a Grand Square spring in your step.
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Alternating Plus and Mainstream 7:30 - 10:00
"Chinese New Year's Dance"
Sage and Dynastic Teacher of the Square Dance:
It's Chinese New Year and everyone is invited to join the Grand Squares of Nelson in celebrating the year of the Fire Rooster. Larry Winegard will be calling for all dancers to ring in Chinese New Year with every "Chinese" Tea Cup Chain, while officials will be watching squares for star dancers to perform perfect Ping Pong Circulates... after all Ping Pong is an official Chinese sport... Right? Maybe Larry will include a "Chicken Dance" along with lines sometime during the evening... The Hens can't let the Fire Rooster take all the credit for New Year Fun. During brakes dancers can consult the ancient fortune telling Foo Chu bamboo sticks to disclose insight into their destiny and answer to their secret wish. Yoda or the Crazy 8 Ball will be available to offer a second opinion. There will be fortune cookies at the refreshment table along with specialty treats like Chinese dumplings and maybe even some rice cakes. Tea will be served !
Confucius say: Agh Thooo... Better to polish lacquer on Rickshaw and celebrate Year of the Fire Rooster in style with the Grand Squares of Nelson then to remain at home puzzled by flickering TV images from Washington DC.
January Dance Location:
Rockfish River Elementary School
200 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton, VA 22920.
See GSN flier for directions n details < go >
Winter Mainstream Class
Thursday night Mainstream square dance class began on January 12th. Licensed instructor/caller Larry Winegard is guiding new dancers through the 14 week class. Classes are held at the Rockfish River Elementary School (RRES) cafetorium 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. and are subject to the school schedule.
See class schedule ( < go > )
List of Mainstream Calls ( Click Here )
On-line Web Instruction ( TAMinations )
you missed the beginning of the Winter Class keep in mind that our next
class is being scheduled for September. Square dance
instruction is painless and fun... No experience needed, experienced GSN
club instructor will guide you using the Learn-By-Doing technique with
the aid of experienced GSN club members. For anyone who missed our Winter Mainstream class... here's how you can
learn more about Square Dancing with the Grand Squares of Nelson.
A Look @ Recent Dances
The Club News Tab has been hard to maintain. So... We're moving forward with a new Website feature... The one page photo summary. This will be an opportunity to share memberable highlights and lots more candid photos of square dancers having fun. Tell us what you think by sending your email to (GrandSquaresofNelson@gmail.com). Click away and enjoy.
March 20 Spring is in the Air (Patty Greene) < go >
January 20 Winter Wonderland (Winegard) < go >
October 17 30th Anniversary Celebration < go >
Grand Squares of Nelson
In the NEWS !
The Rockfish Reader - October 2014, Grand Squares of Nelson holds 30th Anniversary Celebration Dance at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. < go >
Drumheller's Orchard - October 28, 2014 Grand Squares of Nelson provides a demonstration at the Drumbeller's Orchard "Festive Fall Weekend". < go >
Crozet Gazette - September 2012 VOL.7, NO.4 Announcement describes the Grand Squares of Nelson September 20th Open House square dance event at the Rockfish River Elementary School. < go >
Nelson County Times - September 5, 2012 For Nellysford man square dancing is "friendship set to music" Written by Katrina Koerting. Article describes how square dance caller Chuck Chesteen is revered by area square dance clubs (Grand Squares of Nelson and Blue Ridge Stars). <go>
Nelson County Times - August 2012. This Week Community Calendar. What: Introduction to Basic Square Dance. < go >
Nelson County Life - November 2010 Night Out section. "Grab your partners, Dosado." Story by Jennie Tal Williams. Photography by Hayley Osborne. - Reports on an evening session of learn-by-doing instruction with a group of 15 new dancers. <go>
Nelson County Life - June 11, 2010 Event announcement submitted by Peter Agelasto. Describes square dance benefit for the Nelson Community Fund where the Grand Squares of Nelson and the Blue Ridge Stars assist Chuck Chesteen with square dance instruction. <go>
Nelson Scenic Loop - June 2010 Invitation posted from Peter Agelasto. Grand Squares of Nelson assists at Square Dance to Benefit the Nelson County Community Fund. <go>
So You Missed Our September Mainstream Class <go>
Note from the Pres Welcome to the Grand Squares of Nelson homepage.... www. sites.google.com / site / grandsqsofnelson / home We're making a presence as an active square dance club in Nelson County, the greater Virginia Square Dance Community and maybe even the World. Well that remains to be seen. At least we can say we've got visibility... but we're still uncertain about being heard.
This is a work in progress so pardon our dust for the next month or so. We'll be updating this site to provide the sense of community that the Grand Squares of Nelson deserves. We're looking to the club membership to make this website informative to club members, new students, and the general public. If you have comments or suggestions please send them to us at: GrandSquaresofNelson @ gmail.com
© 2015 Grand Squares of Nelson. All Rights Reserved.
President Mike Neal Passes Club Banner along to Rich Leukroth
Upcoming GSN Dance Events
Note: EVERY 3rd Friday of the Month 7:30-10:00 PM
RRES Rockfish River Elementary School
RVVFD Rockfish Valley Fire Department
RVCC Rockfish Valley Community Center
Directions to Club Events < go >
C'ville FLASH MOB Square Dance Demo
Some six squares of dancers from some thirteen area clubs held a very successful Flash Mob event at the Downtown Charlottesville on Friday August 5th. Check out the following links:
GSN Flier report < go >
July Community Benefit Dance Update
At the July 15th GSN "Cool Community Benefit dance, Terry Headlee lead the way for area square dancers who donated $350 to benefit the Rockfish Valley Community Center. < click for Story & Photos >
COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORTS
Lodge at Old Trail Visit @ Nov Dance < go >
Nelson Chamber - Favorite Business Finalist < go >
Firefighters Appreciation Community Dance <go>
Nelson Community Day / Giving Hope Foundation <go>
Nelson County Seniors Group Demonstration < go >
17th Annual Nelson County Health Fair < go >
CLUB NEWS / EVENTS
Accelerated Plus Class Graduation < go >
Mainstream Class Graduation < go >
RRES Custodian Square Dance Supporter Retires < go>
GSN Serves Up at Faber Wedding & Love Poems <go>
Eye Catching GSN Road Signs < go >
Coming Soon...Visiting Nelson County
and our Club 30th Anniversary Supporters
Check back often for updates and details
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