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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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  Learn to Square Dance  
 @ Our Open House Events

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. 

GSN is offering Three (3) Open House evenings for visitors to kick the tires and learn some basic square dance calls at our Open House events:

              August 17      6-30 to 7:30 at RVFD

             August 29       7:00 to 9:00 at RRES

             September 5  7:00 to 9:00 at RRES
   See Our Open House Fliers< Flier 1> < Flier 2 >  < Flier 3 >

Plan ahead now, the Fall Class is scheduled to begin September 12 at RRES.  Stop by one of our Open House events, give us a call or send us an e-mail and we'll tell you what you need to know to get started in your journey to become a Square Dancer.

       Learn More About Square Dancing   < go >

        Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

     NEXT DANCE       

   August 17th      
 Vegetable  Festival 

Open House Event 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Alternate Plus/Mainstream 7:30-10:00 PM 

  Jolly Giant CallerDave Terrell

   Garden Plot Lines with:  Linda Terrell

In the words of the Jolly Green Giant ... "There'll be a whole lot of dancing in the GSN Valley this night... Ho Ho Hoooo!"  Starting with an Open House Event (6:30 to 7:30) to give all visitors a chance to stomp their feet to experience first hand, an introduction to basic square dancing with experienced square dancers assisting.  Then visitors are invited to watch as Dave Terrell circles experienced square dancers around the garden for the GSN Vegetable Festival extravaganza at the air conditioned Afton Fire Station.  You'll be asking "Where has all the Lettuce Gone" as you "Grand Square thru the Cabbage Patch".  By special request, Dave asks that no Leeks be allowed when we "Load the Boat" with beans and rice, and no crying permitted when we "Pass the Onion".   Boys are requested to "Courtesy Turn" all the pretty radishes while Girls "California Twirl" with their favorite string beans.  Linda promises to have everyone high steppin through the summer squash vines and boot skootin thru the Maze during line dancing.

 It promises to be a VEGAN wonderland at the refreshment table where everyone can find their fill of chlorophyll, vitamin and mineral rich veggies, and all the healthy legumes and phytochemicals to be imagined.  We're thinkin summer salads (broccoli, potato, peas n corn), zucchini cake, mixed vegi cookies, and spinach pie... Oh My !  Hold on to your carrot cake if Bugs Bunny asks "What's up Doc !"

Dance Location:

      Rockfish Valley Fire Department
    11100 Rockfish Valley Hwy (Rte 151)
          Afton VA 22920.
 See GSN flier for directions n details <go>
      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 memorable 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>

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 President Mike Neal Passes Club Banner along to Rich Leukroth
Click photo: See Past Presidents Liz & Rich Leukroth Pass Club Banner to Barry Shawley
See our 2017-2018 Dance Schedule   < go >

See our 2018-2019 Dance Schedule   < go >
10 Reasons Why Square Dancers 
Grand Squares of Nelson Dances

Upcoming GSN Dance Events

August 17 
Open House

August 17

Dave Terrell
Linda Terrell

Vegetable Festival

Aug 29
Sept 5
Larry Winegard

Open House


Sept 12
Larry Winegard 

Mainstream Class


Larry Winegard 

 Harvest Moon 


To See Our


Annual Schedule

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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       
July JABA Cool Community Benefit
At the July 20th, 2018 GSN "Cool Community Benefit" dance, Ben Brown and Tracie DeLuca lead the way for area square dancers who donated $561 to benefit the Jefferson Area Board for Aging / JABA's Nelson County Senior Center in Lovingston, VA.
  < click for Story & Photos >

   BRMC Dental Center Community Square Dance Benefit  < go >

  A Square Dance for Mrs. Rose Roberts   <  go  >

   C'ville Flash Mob Square Dance Demo  < go >

   Community Benefit for Rockfish Valley Community Center <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

Note from the Webmaster:   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.  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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