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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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     NEXT DANCE        

FRIDAY, July 21st
Alternating Plus & Mainstream  7:30-10:00 PM

Callers:  Steve Duval & Dawn Hallock 

 In recent years the GSN has chosen the July dance as a way for square dancers to show appreciation to our community.  For 2017, GSN selected the Dental Center at Blue Ridge Medical Center (BRMC) in Arrington, VA as the recipient of the Free-Will donation that will be collected at the door.  BRMC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center.  The goal of Dental Services at BRMC is to make family dental health available within our community with a focus on preventive care so that major dental problems can be avoided whenever possible.  BRMC will put our free-will donations to work in helping those in our community in need of financial assistance to obtain dental care when other means are not available.

So who says we can't have fun while doing something good for our community ?  With all the proceeds being donated to the Dental Center at BRMC... All square dancers are gonna be SMILIN  BRITE with two up and coming callers:  Steve DuVal and Dawn Hallock sharing the callers spotlight this night.   Smilin Steve will be asking dancers to show all them "tooth choppers" with each Courtesy Turn and Promenade;  while Dawn promises to have everyone "brushing-up" with every See Saw and Star Thru.  Look for a bunch of tooth fairy friendly stuff at the refreshment table... OK so Mr. Decay just might leave some sweets when we're not lookin; but we promise to brush and floss when we get home.   Come for a Smile and give back to the Community...  Let's all have Fun  ! 

Summer  AIR CONDITIONED  Dance Location:

 Rockfish Valley Fire Department
 11100 Rockfish Valley Hwy (Rte 151),  Afton, VA 22920.
 See GSN flier for directions n details <go>
 Dental Center @ BRMC Brochure   <go>

  Learn to Square Dance  

Mastering the skill of square dancing is easy to do with our Learn-by-Doing Group Instruction.  It’s a fun, no stress way to enjoy great music, develop lasting friendships, and get in shape without having to work at it.

This summer/fall, we are offering two great no charge opportunities to check out what square dancing is all about, and to learn some basic calls in the process !  Partners are not necessary; we can fill your square with members who would love to help out !

--August 18, 2017—Our “Summer Picnic” dance will start an hour early (at 6:30), and the first hour will be devoted to those who would like to learn or review some basic square dance calls.  Have fun putting them together into some dances, and stick around to watch the experienced dancers as they apply what they have learned ! To see the flyer with times/directions click here.  < go >

-September 6, 2017—We will have an Open House at Rockfish River Elementary School (RRES), where you can learn calls and dance for two hours.  We will provide information about our fall class, and be available to answer any questions.  To see the flyer with times/directions click here.  < go >

      September Invitation for YOU  <  go  >
        Learn More About Square Dancing   < go >

        Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

      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





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 President Mike Neal Passes Club Banner along to Rich Leukroth
See our 2016-2017 Dance Schedule  < go >
See our 2017-2018 Dance Schedule   < go >
10 Reasons Why Square Dancers 
Grand Squares of Nelson Dances

Upcoming GSN Dance Events


July 21

Steve DuVal
Dawn Hallock

Cool Community BENEFIT
Dental Center @ BRMC  


Aug 18
Terry Wakeman
FREE Community Square Dance


Aug 18

Terry Wakeman

Summer Picnic


Sept 6

Larry Winegard

 GSN Open House 


Sept 15

Larry Winegard

 Red & White 
GSN Club Colors


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Note:  EVERY 3rd Friday of the Month 7:30-10:00 PM
          RRES     Rockfish River Elementary School
        RVFD    Rockfish Valley Fire Department
        RVCC      Rockfish Valley Community Center
             Directions to Club Events  < go >

      SPECIAL REPORT       
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 >
              Newsplex 29    < Video Link
YouTube              < Link >

      July 2016 Community Benefit Dance Update     
At the July 15th,2016 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 >

   A Square Dance for Mrs. Rose Roberts   <  go  >

   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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