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Square dancing on 66 November 30, 2007

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music, People.

The Ozark Whirlers is a square-dance club that has been based in Eldon, Mo., for 52 years, and the group still meets for dances at least twice a month, according to a feature article in the Lake Sun Leader of Camdenton, Mo. Many members are in their 70s.

And the dancers must have had some pull to do this:

John and Eleanor are both full of stories about their years of square dancing. John Stover recalled a particular event in Lebanon, Mo., when sections of Route 66 were blocked off so the dancers could get a couple of quick rounds in on the pavement.

Wikipedia contains an interesting historical overview of square dancing. Because square dancing is linked to Western swing music, it’s seen its ebbs and flows in popularity over the decades. I suspect square dancing has creeped into a “so square, it’s cool” category, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it makes a comeback one of these days.

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