The Second Saturday Square Dance at Hallsville, Missouri,will be held November 13, in the Hallsville Community Center on OO, a few blocks east of the stop light in the center of town. This dance is open to the community and will give you a taste of traditional Missouri square dancing, complete with music jam, potluck dinner, and dancing. The festivities begin at 4:00 and last until 10:30. You are welcome to come and go at any time that suits your schedule.
The old-time music jam is held from 4:00 to 6:00. Feel free to bring your instrument, if you would like to play in the sessions. You do not have to be a skilled musician.
Carry-in food is available from 6:00 to 7:00.
After dinner, we push back the tables and chairs and make room for dancing, which begins at 7:00 and continues until 10:30. We usually start with the Virginia Reel, with dancers of all ages joining in. After that, we typically dance old-time squares, which are easy to learn and fun to do. Some of our favorites are the Texas Star, Little Hobos, Three Little Sisters, Right Hand High Left Hand Low, Dip and Dive, Three Arches, Willis’s Route, Grapevine Twist, Double Bow Knot, Denver Wagon Wheel, Sally Goodin, Virginia Reel Square, Cut Off Six, Missouri Hoedown, and First Night Quadrille. In between squares, couples will often waltz or polka or dance the schottische or two-step. Dance instruction is available if you need a little help. Or if you want to try your hand at calling a square or two yourself, you are welcome to do that, as well.
Come for some or all of the activities. You are also welcome to sit, visit, and watch, if you wish. If you would like to bring some friends, they will be welcome.
This is a family event. No alcohol or smoking is permitted. There is no admission charge. If you wish, donations will be accepted to help defray costs. If you have questions about this event, call John or Betty White at 573-696-3776 or email John White at whitejt[at]missouri[dot]edu
For photos of past dances at the Second Saturday Square Dance in Hallsville, see Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network Gallery.