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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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Early Rounds @ 6:30 - 7:00 P.M.
Mainstream - Plus - Rounds 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.
Caller... Jimmy Roberson
Cuer ... Sue Van Horn
The Grand Squares of Nelson is excited to host the Oct 29th Shenandoah Valley Square and Round Dance Association (SVSARDA) annual benefit dance. We know everyone will enjoy dancing on Oak Wood floors at the Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC). SVSARDA is the oversight organization for square dance clubs throughout the Shenandoah Valley. There are currently eleven (11) square dance clubs actively participating in SVSARDA that coordinate their monthly dances, classes, and workshops with SVSARDA. All square dancers benefit from the SVSARDA concise annual calendar listing square dancing activities sponsored by member clubs which is published each July. The proceeds from this dance support this publication and SVSARDA for the coming year.
The theme for this years dance is "Pumpkin Promenade." Calling for the event will be Mr. Jack-O'-Lantern himself Jimmy Roberson, with accompanying rounds cued by Pumpkin Pie Sweetie Ms. Sue Van Horn. Everyone attending is asked to bring a dish to share and we'll be looking for lots of pumpkin themed dishes at the refreshment table.
In keeping with the theme, we will be holding a "best" decorated pumpkin contest; with the winning SVSARDA member club holding bragging rights for the night. We're asking each SVSARDA member club to participate by bringing at least 2 decorated pumpkins (carved, painted, or dressed) to the dance. This will help us decorate the large auditorium and add some friendly competition between clubs.
Here's how the pumpkin contest will work: Each Club registers their pumpkin entries at the door. Each pumpkin entry will be assigned a number with an attached cup in which the votes will be deposited. All dancers will receive a voting ticket when they pay the entry fee. Each dancer deposits their voting ticket in the “Cup” next to the pumpkin they wish to vote as the "BEST" decorated pumpkin. The pumpkin receiving the most votes will be the winner and that club will receive a certificate of recognition. This activity can encourage club teamwork and also friendly rivalry among clubs. There are lots of ways to decorate pumpkins so let your creativity be your guide or just look to several magazines which can also provide excellent ideas. We're all looking forward to seeing your submissions at the dance.
October Dance Location:
Rockfish Valley Community Center
190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton, VA 22920.
See GSN flier for directions n details < go >
SVSARDA flier < go >
Stay posted. We're looking to hold some fun week-night workshops to hone our square dancing skills. Plans are to use upcoming new / experienced callers mixed together with our favorite callers on CDs. Thanks Virginia and Joe for helping us put this together.
For everyone who missed our Fall Mainstream class... here's how you can learn more about Square Dancing with the Grand Squares of Nelson.
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
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10 Reasons Why Square Dancers
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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 >
Upcoming 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 >
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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