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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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September 8th Open House Invite
Learn about Square Dancing with Us
Mastering the skill of square dancing with the Grand Squares of Nelson 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. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. we'll introduce you to our licensed Caller/Instructor, give you a chance to get both left feet moving around the square, tell you about the health benefits of square dancing, and provide some tasty snacks. Don't be a couch potato... Join the Grand Squares of Nelson for an evening of FUN. Mark your calendar and plan to attend our Open House.
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Time / Location: Sept 8th 7:30-9:30 P.M.
Rockfish River Elementary School
200 Chapel Hallow Road, Afton, VA 22920
Answers to Your Frequently Asked QuestionsA Look @ Recent Dances
Alternating Plus & Mainstream 7:30-10:00 P.M.
* Moonbeams Moon-Dance *
with "Celestial" Caller...
It's a marvelous night for a Moondance (Van Morrison)
Let the Stars and Moonbeams guide your toes,
To a fantabulous night just for Square Dance,
Let the Grand Squares of Nelson be your guide...
There'll be no "Full Moon and Empty Arms" (Bob Dylan) this night in Nelson County, because we'll be joining hands to celebrate everything celestial while square dancing under a Blue Ridge full moon. Larry Winegard promises to transport all dancers to other galaxies with every "Star Thru." Perhaps some squares may "Star Track II" to another constellation; and everyone will be watching for "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (Beatles) as each square Flips their Diamonds. So power up the old V8 Rocket or just let Scotty -"Beam You Up" for a Galactic good time. Chef Rachael "Moon"Ray sends her regrets, but watch for "Out of This World" treats at the refreshment table: Man in the Moon cheese spread, Milky Way chip dip, Starkiss tuna bites, Comet Cake, and Moon Pies !
September Dance Location:
Rockfish River Elementary School
200 Chapel Hollow Road, Afton, VA 22920.
See flier for directions n details < go >
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 >
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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