Reap the benefits of square dancing

Square dance lessonsBy MELINDA WILLIAMS


Area citizens have the opportunity to reap the health and social benefits of Western Square Dance as New River Squares offers free lessons in Pulaski two evenings this month.

The public is invited to join the group Mondays, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church, 995 Peppers Ferry Road. No reservations are required.

“It is guaranteed that when the music starts you will not be able to sit still!” said Sharon Eifried. “Each person will want to square up with seven others to dance to the rhythm and calls provided by Walt” Leftwich of Mt. Airy, N.C.

Leftwich has 40 years experience calling square dances. His wife, Linda, also provides line dance instruction.

No special attire is required to take lessons. Singles and couples are welcome to attend.

Eifried said square dancing is known for being easy to learn. “It is like walking to lively, upbeat music with experienced members helping you interpret the caller’s instructions,” she added.

Besides social interaction, square dance also offers a variety of health benefits, including low–impact physical exercise, stress reduction and mental activity.

New River Squares has 32 active single and couple members, ages 50-80, but all ages are welcome. The club sponsors dances four times a year on Saturday evenings.

Some members of the New River Squares have been dancing for 40 years, while others are newcomers. For more information, call or email Martin and Mary Jane McMillion at 540-382-3640 or



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